Rabid

FrightFest is 20 years old in 2019 and this is the place to discuss our three main events of the year.
Post Reply
jonbly
Braaaains!
Braaaains!
Posts: 637
Joined: Tue Jul 18, 2006 12:16 pm
Location: Bristol

Rabid

Post by jonbly » Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:42 pm

8/10 - Solid remake. Personally, I don't really like
Spoiler:
the tentacle... or the thing on the wall for that matter
... to me, they feel like they've wandered in from a different movie.

And seriously, only in a horror movie could someone walk into a room and not notice that until they've backed into it...

Alex J
Braaaains!
Braaaains!
Posts: 576
Joined: Wed Aug 27, 2008 1:30 pm
Location: The Back Of The Beyond

Re: Rabid

Post by Alex J » Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:04 am

I thought exactly the same on the final point above! I kept looking at it in the background and wondered why no-one in the film seemed to notice!

That aside, it is a very decent remake, albeit quite different to the original (as far as I can recall, as it's been a while since I last saw it) and infused with the Soskas' own brand of twistedness.

Body horror, gore, mad, weird science and more are all present and correct, but perhaps the film is lacking a big, sustained setpiece to really cap it all off. Very watchable and thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless. 8.5 / 10
No tears, please. It's a waste of good suffering.

Paxton
Twitching Corpse
Twitching Corpse
Posts: 22
Joined: Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:11 pm

Re: Rabid

Post by Paxton » Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:23 pm

It was good, maybe no great, but definately worth catching. A more logic choice, imo, to close the festival than A GOOD WOMAN..., which was a good, well made thriller but not one to get the audience on their feet

danthsmith
Walking Dead
Walking Dead
Posts: 78
Joined: Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:08 pm

Re: Rabid

Post by danthsmith » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:08 pm

Very silly with obvious satirical targets but enjoyable

User avatar
The Soapmaker
Undead Horde
Undead Horde
Posts: 446
Joined: Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:50 am
Location: London

Re: Rabid

Post by The Soapmaker » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:13 am

It was OK, but it never felt like the story was really building up to anything much. The ease with which the virus spread was very inconsistent. And some of the major characters - good and bad - were killed off in a rather offhand manner.
I didn't go in with massive expectations, but after all the fuss it was a bit underwhelming.

leytonrocks
Walking Dead
Walking Dead
Posts: 95
Joined: Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:31 pm

Re: Rabid

Post by leytonrocks » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:29 pm

The Soapmaker wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:13 am
It was OK, but it never felt like the story was really building up to anything much. The ease with which the virus spread was very inconsistent. And some of the major characters - good and bad - were killed off in a rather offhand manner.
I didn't go in with massive expectations, but after all the fuss it was a bit underwhelming.
The ease of spreading the contagion is where it most closely resembles the original.

ChrisReynolds
Undead Horde
Undead Horde
Posts: 281
Joined: Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:01 pm

Re: Rabid

Post by ChrisReynolds » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:48 pm

After making a couple of generic WWE wrestler vehicles, the Soska sisters finally made something that feels like their work again. This was my favourite film of the festival, even though it's weird and messy, simply because it feels like the most personal film despite being a remake. I like the way it shoots off in odd directions, prioritises striking and imagery over narrative, and fetishises Cronenberg's oeuvre. It makes the film feel like a nightmare after having watched too many Cronenberg films. It was most interesting in its examination of transhumanism, continuing the Soska's American Mary themes of body modification as a personal choice that is comparable to fashion, but can be either constructive or destructive. My main complaint is that the film needed a bigger budget to give the set pieces more impact: the fashion show should have been dwelled on as a beautiful and horrific climax, but it was all over too quickly.

User avatar
TheDukeAbides
Braaaains!
Braaaains!
Posts: 549
Joined: Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:08 pm
Location: North West of England
Contact:

Re: Rabid

Post by TheDukeAbides » Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:30 pm

CM Punk in glorified cameo to bring in his fan boys, plus stick his wife in too.

I agree with the lack of impact the climax at the fashion show had, could they not have found a good 70 extras to make it seem less like 10 people sat around a curtain watching people walk. The part in Inbetweeners felt higher budget (maybe it was).

Was a good enough film but speaking as a scientist (and fully aware of the "evils" that could and have happened in its name), given the way the world is going, I wouldn't be running away from lab grown organs and food too much.

Good acting, mind.

Post Reply