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RABID (2019)
DVD review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 107 minutes, audio commentary, featurettes, trailer
VIDEO: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles: English

STUDIO: Scream Factory/ Shout! Studios/ Back 40 Pictures/ Telefilm Canada/ Ontario Creates/ Twisted Twins
RELEASE DATE: 2-4-2020
I have been a big fan of the first two films (DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK, AMERICAN MARY) from the Soska Sisters (Jen and Sylvia Soska) and this re-imagining of David Cronenberg's RABID is a return to form for the Twisted Twins. RABID's remake imagines to blend in commentary on the state of the healthcare system, beauty, the fashion industry, and unintentionally the Corona Virus from China. It is their best film since AMERICAN MARY where it proves you shouldn't put too many restrictions on their genius.

In this re-imagining of RABID, meek Rose (Laura Vandervoort)- assistant to famous fashion designer Gunter( Mackenzie Gray)- gets into a horrific accident which leads to he getting an invitation from the Burroughs Clinic that uses stem cells to regenerate her jaw and skin to make her more beautiful than ever. Soon, she starts to experience grumblings in her stomach and blackouts which seem like dreams where she is watching herself drinking blood. She finds a new confidence in herself as she also has doubts from what is happening to her. She gets her chance to live her dreams as a fashion designer when her mentor Gunter lets her design one of the dresses for the upcoming fashion show. Meanwhile, an infection spreads and people start to attack others in a need for blood.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
Audio commentary with Directors/ Writers Jen and Sylvia Soska deliver a delightful entertaining, informative, and sarcastic commentary on the remake and how they wanted it to be a love letter to the original in addition to what they changed (and what homage to the original and other Cronenberg movies were). They seemed hyped to do a sequel.

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH JEN AND SYLVIE SOSKA is an interview with them about the making of the movie and a talk about their career.
INTERVIEW WITH ACTRESS LAURA VANDERVOORT
Theatrical trailer

FINAL ANALYSIS: RABID is back to form for the Soska sisters with their best picture since AMERICAN MARY. It has layers of commentary and details you will spot with multiple viewings. Not a film for the squeamish, however RABID is one of the better remakes and horror movies to come to blu-ray and DVD.

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