A Modern Horror Remake That’s Worth Watching

Co-directors Jen and Sylvia Soska, the new horror film Rabid is coming out this week in some cinemas and on request. The film is a direct remake of the 1977 horror film of the same name by director David Cronenberg, who is widely regarded as ahead of his time with an unforgettable performance of lead actress Marilyn Chambers. The result is a modern version of the story that pays homage to the original in a considerable way, although the remake is certainly a nice watch in its own way, with many deviations from the plot familiar.

with the original, the new Rabid follows a young woman named Rose whose face is severely disfigured after a horrible motorcycle accident. Desperate to regain her appearance, Rose turns to an experimental stem cell-based treatment provided by a shady doctor at a nearby clinic. The procedure seems to be a complete success, making Rose appear exactly as she did before her face was mutilated. Unfortunately, the side effects seem to include a new hunger for human blood and the creation of a contagious virus such as deadly rabies.

Although it is certainly not a comedy, Rabid resembles a much darker version of the Santa Clarita regime, following Rose's difficulties with her irresistible desire to eat. This leads her to attack unlucky souls on which she manages to lay hands (and other new appendages), spreading the virus throughout the city, reminiscent of an epidemic of zombies. Of course, this means that there is a lot of blood and gnarly images that you can expect to see in the movie, which only increases as the body numbers increase and that the body condition of Rose continues to worsen. There is also an aspect of psychological horror in the story because Rose is unable to determine if these incidents are genuine or if she hallucinates everything.

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Rabid really shines with his cast, and j & Especially enjoyed Jigsaw star Laura Vandervoort in the lead role of Rose. His boss in the film, a fashion designer named Gunter, was also a very memorable and entertaining character, animated hilariously by the talented actor Mackenzie Gray (19459004) Legion ). I've also been rather amused to see former Phil Brooks and his wife April Mendez appear in two brief but rather comical roles – wrestling fans can recognize them from their time as CM Punk and AJ Lee. for many years in World Wrestling Entertainment.

Shout! Studios, Rabid will be available in some cinemas, digitally and on demand from December 13, 2019. The home video output will follow on February 4, 2020 for those who want the movie on DVD or Blu-ray. Although it will not replace the original Rabid Cronenberg, horror fans will enjoy with the remake of the Soska Twins, and I recommend trying it this weekend. With its solid cast, its grody visuals and a clear respect and appreciation for the classic horror film that inspired it, Rabid is a fun watch that many horror fans will love. You can see the official trailer below, courtesy of Shout! Factory.

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