Finally, the long-awaited trailer for The Soska Sister’s redux of David Cronenberg’s 1977 film Rabid has arrived clad in bells and bloody whistles. No remake of a Cronenberg film can ever live up to its source material, that’s not always the point of a remake… sometimes (just sometimes) a director(s) wants to pay homage to the films they are inspired by.  Based on the trailer — that’s exactly what this looks like.


What happens when you realize that to achieve your dreams you have to live a nightmare? Rose is a quiet, demure, unassuming woman in her looks and actions. Her dream is to become a famous designer in the fashion world, but a terrible accident leaves Rose scarred beyond recognition. She seeks out a radical untested stem cell treatment. The treatment is nothing short of a miracle and wallflower Rose turns into the belle of the ball. It all seems to good to be true. She is now everything she wanted to be. But everything in life comes at a price and this new found perfect life is no exception.


Full of blood and Silent Hill-esque nurses, the trailer for Rabid takes us on a gory glimpse through the tribulations of Rose, played by fellow Canadian Laura Vandervoort (Jigsaw, 2017), as she overcomes her disfiguring accident through the use of stem cell treatments. The trailer provides us with so many scenes of gory goodness. The effects seem to be very skillfully done, and the minimal glimpses we get at the nightmare nurses (nursemares?) were enough to send chills down my spine, even on this swelteringly humid day.


Jen and Sylvia Soska have some great films in their oeuvre, including their debut Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009), and the grossly entertaining body horror film American Mary (2012). Their love and respect for horror, and the greats who inspired them, are evident throughout their works. So even though many people are hemming and hawing about this remake, it’s quite clear they’ve approached this adaptation with the utmost love and respect.

The remaining cast for this frightful flick is nothing short of incredible! Rabid stars Greg Bryk (Saw V, 2008), Stephen McHattie (Pontypool, 2008), horror icon Lynn Lowry (The Crazies, 1973), former WWE superstar C.M. Punk, as well as the Soska Sister’s in their usual Hitchcock inspired cameos.

Unfortunately there is no set release date for Rabid, Canadian distribution has been picked up by A71, United Kingdom distribution by 101 Films, and U.S. distribution by Shout! Studios. If you live in England you can catch Rabid’s world premiere August 26th at London FrightFest, while the unlucky rest of us plebeians have to wait for a limited or straight-to-DVD release.


Do you plan on catching Rabid, or are you just going to stick with the 1977 version? Sound off with the Nightmare on Film Street community over on Twitter, Reddit, or in the Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!


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