I’ll confess that I once tried to watch David Cronenberg’s 1977 “Rabid” but gave up about thirty minutes into it, finding it boring and disjointed. Watching it in this episode of “The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs,” I realized I simply didn’t give the movie a chance, as it’s a solid, compelling and unnerving body horror nightmare of a movie. Cronenberg’s usual body fascination is all over this movie, in particular his focus on orifices, and he manages to weave genuine horror into the fabric of the story itself so that the audience can never truly relax. Joe Bob Briggs seems to be a big fan of this one and has a fountain of insight and behind-the-scenes information to share with his audience, and it’s always a pleasure to watch an off-the-wall bizarre horror vehicle with the enthusiastic, passionate host.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)