Rabid (2019 film)

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Rabid 2019 poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed byJen Soska
Sylvia Soska
Produced by
Written by
  • Jen Soska
  • Sylvia Soska
  • John Serge
Based onRabid
by David Cronenberg
Music byClaude Foisy
CinematographyKim Derko
Edited byErin Deck
Distributed by
Release date
Running time
110 minutes[1]

Rabid is a 2019 Canadian horror film directed and co-written by Jen and Sylvia Soska and starring Laura Vandervoort, Ben Hollingsworth, and Phil Brooks. It is a remake of the 1977 film of the same name directed by David Cronenberg.

Rabid premiered at the London FrightFest Film Festival on August 26, 2019.


After a young woman, Rose, suffers a disfiguring accident, she undergoes an experimental stem-cell treatment that leads to unintended consequences.[2][3]



In February 2016, Jen and Sylvia Soska were hired to direct a remake of David Cronenberg's 1977 horror film Rabid, with producers Michael Walker, Paul LaLonde and John Vidette.[7] The film had entered pre-production by February 2018, during which time the Soskas described the project as a continuation of the "thoughts and conversation" from the original and "modernized through a female perspective".[8] In May 2018, Laura Vandervoort was cast as the film's protagonist, Rose.[4]

Principal photography began in July 2018 in Toronto.[3]

The film is being produced by Back 40 Pictures in conjunction with Telefilm Canada and Ontario Media Development Corporation, and is financed by Media Finance Capital.[4] Distribution rights were acquired by A71 Entertainment in Canada,[2] Shout! Studios in the United States,[9] and 101 Films in the United Kingdom.[4]


Rabid premiered at the London FrightFest Film Festival on August 26, 2019.[1][10] "Rabid" held its US premiere on October 15, 2019 at Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles.[11] The film will open in select theaters, digitally and On Demand on December 13, 2019 from Shout! Studios.[12]


On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 59% based on reviews from 22 critics.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d "Rabid". London FrightFest Film Festival. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Vlessing, Etan (November 5, 2017). "AFM: A71 Takes Soska Sisters' Remake of David Cronenberg's 'Rabid' for Canada". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Vlessing, Etan (July 17, 2018). "'Code Black' Star Boards Remake of David Cronenberg's 'Rabid'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d White, Peter (May 11, 2018). "'Supergirl' & 'Jigsaw' Star Laura Vandervoort Joins Reboot of David Cronenberg's Horror Classic 'Rabid' – Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e Pollard, Andrew (July 18, 2018). "Shooting Now Under Way on the Soska Sisters' Rabid Remake". Starburst. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "'Rabid' Trailer: The Soska Sisters Unleash Cronenberg Remake". Deadline. October 10, 2019.
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (February 25, 2016). "Soska Sisters to Direct Remake of David Cronenberg's 'Rabid' (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  8. ^ Erbland, Kate (February 15, 2018). "David Cronenberg's 'Rabid' Remake: Soska Sisters Ready Their 'Continuation' of Body Horror Classic With 'Female Perspective'". IndieWire. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  9. ^ Vlessing, Etan (February 14, 2018). "Berlin: Shout! Studios Takes Soska Sisters' Remake of David Cronenberg's 'Rabid' for U.S." The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  10. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (July 4, 2019). "FrightFest Lineup: Guillermo Del Toro's 'Scary Stories' & Sam Raimi's 'Crawl' Among UK Genre Showcase". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  11. ^ "Ahead of Screamfest, Check Out this Ravenous New Trailer for RABID". Dreadcentral. October 14, 2019.
  12. ^ "Rabid Trailer #2: Cronenberg Classic Gets a Gross & Disturbing Remake". MovieWeb. October 17, 2019.
  13. ^ "Rabid (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes.

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