We learned last year that sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary, See No Evil 2) are working on a remake of ’70s body-horror film Rabid, one of the first movies made by David Cronenberg. What’s the latest on all that?
Speaking with Rue Morgue, the Soska Sisters noted that the Rabid remake is very much still on – and they’re planning on going all-out with body-horror madness.
“MastersFX is on board, and we’ve been designing some really amazing stuff. I think we’re gonna scare the shit out of people,” Sylvia told the site. Jen added, “We want to do some body horror that’s like, ‘What the fuck is this?’—that you’ve never seen. That has been a challenge for us, because I’ve seen a lot of weird Japanese movies that go way past what most normal people watch. But we’ve got a lot of surprises in RABID, and I think people are going to be impressed.”
“I’m very excited for RABID, because not only is it kind of an extension of AMERICAN MARY, it’s really a study of all of David Cronenberg’s work,” Jen also said. “I just want to impress him. If other people like it, I’ll be happy, but all I want is for him to love it.”
Casting is underway, with production beginning soon.
In the 1977 film, a young woman (Marilyn Chambers) develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic.