My History With the Film:
I saw the original Rabid back in the early 2000’s on IFC. It didn’t really make an impact and I don’t remember anything about it. I try to check out the films The Soska Sisters direct and Rabid seemed like a more mature, serious horror film that I could get behind. After taking advantage of a Showtime free trial, I checked Rabid out.
What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
A young woman undertakes an experimental treatment follow a motorcycle accident that results in her suffering from a ravenous hunger.
What I Liked About It:
-Laura Vandervoort showed some depth in her performance as Rose. The first few minutes of the film had me concerned whether or not she could pull off a role such as this, but she really went all out as the film progressed.
-Ted Atherton (Dr. Burroughs) was the star of the film. I recognized him as the doctor in The Expanse and he channeled that same creepy brilliance in this film and it made the movie that much better.
-The gore and creature designs were fantastic. You don’t really see much till the end but there are some fantastic special effects and one great scene that takes place in a dream world with twitching nurses that reminded me of a mix of Silent Hill and The House on Haunted Hill.
-As a wrestling fan, it was neat to see CM Punk in a role in this film and putting on a believable performance.
What I Didn’t Like About It:
-Outside of Laura Vandervoort and Ted Atherton the rest of the cast was quite forgettable and downright bad at times.
-I know the Soska Sisters are attractive twins and maybe I’m bias because I know who they are, but they did not belong in this film. They were a distraction both times on the screen and their acting was not on par with the rest of the performances.
-This is a remake of David Cronenberg’s 1977 film of the same name.
Rabid was an interesting film that ran a little long, but had some nice creepy effects. Sadly, the story just wasn’t that great and it took way too long to get to the horror. The last fifteen minutes are fantastic, but the one hour and forty-five minutes you have to watch to get there it can be a struggle at times.
I enjoyed the film for what it was, but its definitely a one-time watch for me. I’d rate Rabid a two out of five and say its a low priority rental.