Friday, October 8, 2010

"Rabid" number 5

Straight from the IMDb site
A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic.
Directed by the wonderful David Cronenberg starring Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, and Howard Ryshpan.

The movie was made in 1977 and it's painfully obvious in points.  Besides the great fashion there is some scenes of smoking indoors and in a hospital none the less! We first come across our main characters as they drive down a country road on their motorcycle.  A family in a RV decides they took a wrong turn and instead of doing the smart thing and turning around in a drive way they block the road completely.  Our main stars hit the RV and somehow ramp over the front and crash land in a wheat field.  The couple, Hart & Rose are both injured but Rose is trapped beneath the cycle as it explodes.
At a nearby plastic surgery clinic a couple patients notice the commotion and alert their nurses.  The clinic sends over their ambulance (why does a plastic surgery place have a ambulance???) and rescue the couple.  Instead of taking them to an actual hospital they perform surgery on Rose there... as far as I could tell they did some sort of experimental stem cell skin graft on her wounds.  As I watch this surgery I can't help but wonder how she even survived having a motorcycle blow up on her, she has no burns at all, and a small cut on her chest.  After the surgery again instead of taking her to a hospital they admit her there.  She is in a coma and her boyfriend is healing up with a pin in his arm for shoulder surgery to repair his wounded back.  He is sent off to wait till she wakes up.  That's when things start to get a little strange....
Our dear Rose awakes from her coma screaming and disoriented.  A plastic surgery patient comes in to calm her, he embraces her and suddenly he is screaming out in pain as a strange blood stain spreads across his back.  After this altercation Rose seems to pass back out again.  From this moment on things begin to move quickly... we see Rose has something wrong with her, every time she has a altercation with another person they begin to turn into for lack of better words a "zombie."  At first the DR's think it may be a strain of rabies similar to mad cow disease... We watch the progression of the disease as it reaches epidemic stages, people having to get immunizations and only being allowed through government blockades with plastic ID cards saying they are disease free. 
     As we watch the city fall to pieces we still see Rose walking around the carrier of the disease, she still feeds off of others and I won't tell you how because you will not believe it when you see it.  I will stop here because I do not want to give much more away, if you like zombies this is the movie for you.  There are times where I caught myself going WTF and being confused but for it's time it is a pretty good movie.  For the change in the zombie story I give this movie 3 out of 5 skulls.

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