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Canada 1977. Dir: David Cronenberg. 91 min. 35mm

NEW 35mm PRINT! Porn star Marilyn Chambers — fetchingly equipped with a phallus-like stinger in her armpit! — heads the cast of Cronenberg’s second commercial feature. She is Rose, a young Quebec woman horribly disfigured in a motorcycle accident. An experimental skin-grafting procedure restores her beauty but has horrific side effects, unleashing a rabies-like plague that has crazed, foaming-at-the-mouth murderers roaming the streets! In an echo of 1970’s October Crisis, Montreal is soon under martial law. Cataclysm, paranoia, body horror, overreaching scientists, mutation, sex linked with disease — key Cronenberg motifs abound in this shocking cult favourite. “None of the other recent apocalyptic movies has shown so much political or cinematic sophistication” (Time Out).

Acknowledgements: A TIFF restoration in partnership with Cinémathèque québécoise and Vision Globale Montreal. Rabid courtesy of TIFF's Film Reference Library.