Horror fans know a certain ambivalence about horror remakes, “Can they ever be as good as the original?” we ask. This was even touched upon in the recent episode of the NOFS podcast, but if there’s one remake we can all probably get behind, it’s Jen and Sylvia Soska’s remake of David Cronenberg’s Rabid. And if you’re interested in getting a sneak peek of the new Rabid, then CBC’s The National newscast recently delivered. A piece on female enthusiasm for horror included some intriguing glimpses of Rabid, and an interview with the Soskas.
The Twisted Twins were heavily featured in a piece on women and horror featured on the CBC’s national newscast. Since Rabid is their latest film, it gets prominent mention in the piece, and completed footage, as well as behind the scenes shots of the Soskas directing, can be seen in the segment. In an interview for the piece, Jen Soska explained how her and Sylvia’s Rabid will stand apart from Cronenberg’s original:
“You know when you’re walking down the street, just as a woman minding your business, and some guy starts following you and saying things to pick you up and then when you ignore him, because perhaps he’s being rude and vulgar, he says he’s going to kill, murder and rape you, et cetera, et cetera… That scene is in our movie, and that person gets what’s coming to them, and it’s so enjoyable.”
You can see the full video below:
The 1977 original starred Marilyn Chambers as Rose, a woman who becomes a vampire-like monster after she receives experimental reconstructive surgery when she gets into a motorcycle accident with her boyfriend. Everyone Rose bites then becomes a blood-sucking monster too creating panic as the disease spreads. Laura Vandervoort, who recently starred in the latest Saw movie Jigsaw, is starring in the remake.
Principal photography on Rabid began this past July in Toronto. No release date has yet been set for the movie, but it will likely be released some time next year. We’ll have more news as it becomes available.