Back in July, we passed along news that American Mary and Dead Hooker in a Trunk filmmakers Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska's (aka the Twisted Twins) upcoming remake of David Cronenberg's Rabid had begun shooting. In the months since that post, the movie has wrapped and today we have an all-new look at just how disturbing and disgusting the new take on the classic film will be. The new look comes to us via the cover of this month's Rue Morgue, and it features star Laura Vandervoort all kinds of messed up following what is we can only assume to be the "disfiguring accident" mentioned in the movie's official synopsis below.
"After a young woman, Rose, suffers a disfiguring accident, she undergoes an experimental stem-cell treatment that leads to unintended consequences."
A disfiguring accident is right. Now for those of you out there with a strong stomach, you can check out the cover-pic below. But for everyone else, let me just describe it a bit and see if you still want to venture your eyes downward. The cover showcases an amazing make-up job that basically rips half the face off Vandervoort's head. The accident it seems, at least at first, is confined to Vandervoort's mouth and has all but ripped her lips off, exposing bleeding gums and cracked teeth, which have been wired back together. It's an impressive special effect make-up job to be sure.
But even more horrific still is what the new look has me thinking. In the original film, the accident that sent Marilyn Chambers to the old spooky mad doctor's office for some armpit-tentacles was a motorcycle accident. If this injury pictured below is, in fact, the accident hinted at in the synopsis then it looks more horrific in a hidden way. What I mean is, at least to this guy, the injury looks to have been sustained by another human's mouth. Heaven help us. And that kind of horror, my friends, is a whole hell of a lot worse than a motorcycle driving off the road. Is this where the Soska Sisters are headed with their version? I guess we'll see one of these days, and hopefully sooner rather than later.
This remake of Rabid was directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska from a screenplay they co-wrote along with John Serge. It is based on the 1977 film of the same name by David Cronenberg and it stars Laura Vandervoort as Rose, Ben Hollingsworth as Brad, a fashion photographer, Ted Atherton as Dr. William Burroughs, Hanneke Talbot as Chelsea, Rose's best friend, Mackenzie Gray as Gunter, a fashion designer, CM Punk as Billy, and AJ Mendez as Kira. Michael Walker, Paul LaLonde, and John Vidette produced.
Back 40 Pictures produced The Soska Sisters' Rabid in conjunction with Ontario Media Development Corporation and Telefilm Canada. Media Finance Capital financed the film. A71 Entertainment acquired distribution rights in Canada, 101 Films in the United Kingdom, and Shout! Studios in the United States. We'll let you know as soon as we hear anything regarding an official release date. Until then, give the Rue Morgue cover art a look-see below.