February is Women in Horror month (I may have produced a few articles on the subject), and it's exciting to close out this month with news about the return of one of horror's weirder female characters -- Rose from Cronenberg's Rabid.
What's Rabid, you say? Oh, you sweet, summer child. Rabid is a 1977 horror film directed by David Cronenberg and produced by Ivan Reitman (yes, the guy who directed and produced Ghostbusters). It's about a woman who, after being in a horrible motorcycle accident, gets some dodgy plastic surgery, which includes gaining a very phallic stinger under her armpit for some reason.
Did I mention she uses that stinger to drink the blood of her victims, who then turn into rabid zombies? Because that's what happens. It's BONKERS. And, since it's Cronenberg, Rabid is also pretty rad, too, featuring Marilyn Chambers, one of the few women who successfully transitioned back and forth between acting in porn and more mainstream films. No easy feat in the '70s ... or now, for that matter.
It's been nearly 40 years since Rabid was released, so it would be nice if Shout Factory, Arrow, Criterion or someone else released an anniversary-edition Blu-ray to region one users everywhere. But something even better is happening -- the Soska Sisters (American Mary, Dead Hooker in a Truck) are remaking Rabid as a new film and then following it up with a TV series, too!
Yes, the directors who told one of the best modern revenge stories with a body mod aesthetic are bringing Rose back. And they've revealed in a statement that they're pretty stoked:
"The work of David Cronenberg is legendary, and Rabid is much more than just a horror movie. The real message of his film is powerful and even more pivotal as we look at the world around us today. It’s an honor to be involved in this love letter to his original, which we handle with the same respect as Paul Schrader’s Cat People, Alexandre Aja’s The Hills Have Eyes, and John Carpenter’s The Thing".
So, no pressure then.
The Soskas seem like a natural choice to re-examine Rabid for the modern day. It's certainly not as though women's sexuality and autonomy over their own bodies has become any less of a talking point in modern politics, and the Soskas are no strangers to taking the horror genre to those thoughtful places.
What will be interesting is seeing how Rabid will transition to serialized storytelling. Sure, The Walking Dead has found success, but telling any ongoing zombie-related story is still very challenging. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Filming for Rabid is set to begin this summer.
(via Modern Horrors)