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April 1, 2012

Flicks: Rabid (1977)

Ivory Soap actress turned porn starlet Marilyn Chambers is RABID.

David Cronenberg is a Canadian horror film director whose beginnings contain 100% of all his future hits. Cronenberg is best known today for A History Of Violence (2005) and Eastern Promises (2007), both hit movies starring the inscrutable Vigo Mortensen (Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings series, Carlito's Way).

In the beginning, in the 1970's, the first handful of Cronenberg movies became classic drive-in gore fests - among them They Came From Within/Shivers (1975), Rabid (1977) (aka Orgy Of the Blood Leeches) and The Brood (1979). These early movies feature evil parasites that inhabit mega-city dwellers and raise questions concerning human nature, disease of the body and mind and also a healthy helping of boobs and gratuitous sex. Perfection.

Behind The Green Door starring Marilyn ChambersRabid stars Marilyn Chambers, a former Ivory soap commercial star turned porn starlet, at the height of her fame right after Behind The Green Door (1972) was released. Behind The Green Door is one of the most infamous films ever made and casting her must have certainly been seen as an act of insanity - instead, it was genius.

The added infamy and horrifying subject matter made Rabid one of the most banned movies in North American theaters right behind Tobe Hooper's original Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and Deep Throat (1972).

In the 1980's Cronenberg went on to make Stephen King's The Dead Zone (1983), his paranoid masterpiece Videodrome (1983) and The Fly (1986). All three of these movies are regarded as being the highest standard of horror film-making.

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