RABID (rage) (1977 CANADA) D/W: DAVID CRONENBERG P: JOHN DUNNING
After the claustrophobic classic THEY CAME FROM WITHIN, Cronenberg expanded the scope for the same sexual parasite idea. It`s less effective but still very good. Marilyn Chambers (from BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR and other hit porno titles) is the victim of a motorcycle accident who has experimental "morphologically neutral" skin grafted onto her wound. Soon a phallus-shaped tentacle is growing from her armpit, sucking blood and spreading disease. It doesn`t seem like much while watching it, but when the ending comes and the entire city of Montreal is in a panic, you realise how far the story has come since the beginning and how Cronenberg`s storytelling has gradually sucked you in masterfully. The culminative effect is rather impressive. With Joel Silver, Allan Moyle and Vlasta Vrana. Cronenberg made THE BROOD and FAST COMPANY next.

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