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Rabid (2019)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 13 December 2019 (USA)
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The quiet Rose works in women's fashion clothing, hoping to be a designer. A traffic accident damages her face. She gets experimental stem cell treatment, leaving her stronger and prettier than ever - but there's a side effect.


Jen Soska (as The Soska Sisters), Sylvia Soska (as The Soska Sisters)


John Serge (story), John Serge (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Vandervoort ... Rose
Benjamin Hollingsworth ... Brad Hart
Ted Atherton ... Dr. William Burroughs
Hanneke Talbot ... Chelsea
Stephen Huszar ... Dominic
Mackenzie Gray ... Gunter
Stephen McHattie ... Dr. Keloid
Kevin Hanchard ... Dr. Riley
Heidi von Palleske ... Dr. Elliot
Joel Labelle ... Trent Taylor
C.M. Punk ... Billy (as Phillip Brooks)
Edie Inksetter ... Dr. Beverly
Tristan Risk ... Nurse Dana / Cynthia Creature
Sylvia Soska ... Bev
Jen Soska ... Ellie


What happens when you realize that to achieve your dreams you have to live a nightmare? Rose is a quiet, demure, unassuming woman in her looks and actions. Her dream is to become a famous designer in the fashion world, but a terrible accident leaves Rose scarred beyond recognition. She seeks out a radical untested stem cell treatment. The treatment is nothing short of a miracle and wallflower Rose turns into the belle of the ball. It all seems to good to be true. She is now everything she wanted to be. But everything in life comes at a price and this new found perfect life is no exception.

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Horror | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


Wrestler C.M. Punk (credited as Phillip Brooks) plays Billy, the guy pleading with the bouncers for them to let him go back into the nightclub. His wife A.J. Mendez (credited as April Mendez), better known as wrestler A.J. Lee, plays Kira, the model with the glass of champagne talking to Chelsea backstage at the fashion show. See more »


Dr. Keloid says the accident punctured Rose's abdomen, but the bandages are on her chest. See more »


References Dead Ringers (1988) See more »

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A brave attempt but falls short of a good remake
1 September 2019 | by mungfleshSee all my reviews

Remaking a movie by a guy who was talented enough to create one of the great all-time remakes is ballsy and almost bound to fail. Rabid is close to being a good remake but has too many issues for my liking.

The story: a beautiful fashion designer has a life-changing accident and is doomed to a future of ugliness, unless she undergoes an experimental operation which has unforseen side-effects for her and the city around her ...

It's a cool premise, as was with the original but the pacing is way off. It takes too long to get off the ground and then when it does, lacks focus and seems to be telling two distinct stories rather than one, whereas Cronenberg's movie has a much sharper narrative.

There are a few grisly scenes but not immensly eye-opening for something that really should have people squirming.

The lead actress is good and, on the whole, the acting is solid but let down in a few places by some support roles. The editing could be a lot slicker; some scenes just felt dragged out and irrelevant.

I think it's worth checking out if you like the original but I'd be surprised if many people hail this as a big success.

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Release Date:

13 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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