brian-mcgee - October 18, 2019
Looking over David Cronenberg's catalog of films, it seems that if someone simply MUST remake one of his movies, better to pick one of the pre-Scanners flicks, because everything after that is pretty sacred ground on which to trample. Directing duo The Soska Sisters have indeed gone that route, but with a twist, as they picked one of his earliest films to remake, 1977's Rabid, but have framed the film as an homage to Cronenberg's entire body of work.
This debut trailer for the upcoming horror flick shows off Cronenberg easter eggs galore from the Dead Ringers-inspired red surgical scrubs to the "Burroughs Institute" being a nod to Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs. Plot-wise, it seems they're going the same route as the original with Smallville's Laura Vandervoort stepping into the role made famous by pornstar Marilyn Chambers as a woman who becomes a vampiric creature after undergoing skin grafting treatment following a motorcycle accident.
Bonus points for this being a Canadian production, as nearly all of Cronenberg's work has been, so he's probably even more legendary to the creators of this remake and therefore less likely to have his legacy shit on by the new generation. The film is playing in select cities starting today!
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