Directed by David Cronenberg • 1977 • Canada
Starring Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver
David Cronenberg cemented his reputation as one of the most daring directors of his generation with his deeply disturbing second foray into the body-horror genre. After undergoing radical emergency surgery, Rose (former adult-film star Marilyn Chambers in her first leading role in a mainstream film) develops an insatiable desire for blood. She searches out and seduces victims to satisfy her incurable craving, infecting them with an unknown disease that swiftly drives them insane . . . and makes them equally bloodthirsty. In its shocking fusion of sexuality and violence, RABID stands as one of the most audacious horror films of the 1970s.