A gruesome accident … an experimental treatment … an unstoppable nightmare. Jen and Sylvia Soska bring you a terrifying new take on the legendary David Cronenberg’s Rabid. Demure and unassuming fashion designer Sarah (Laura Vandervoort, Jigsaw), horribly disfigured after a grisly collision, agrees to undergo an untested procedure involving stem cells to restore her damaged face. This miracle cure causes her to recover beyond her wildest imagination: Sarah now looks as beautiful as the models she works with. But as her confidence – and her sexual appetite – grows, it comes with a price: Sarah is now the carrier of a contagion that causes her lovers to become violent spreaders of death. As the disease spirals out of control, time is running out in the race to find a cure.

Studio: Shout! Factory
Year: 2020
Release Date: February 4, 2020
Run time: 107 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD
Region: 1

After a serious traffic accident, young fashion designer Rose (Laura Vandervoort; Jigsaw, V, Bitten, Smallville) is left gruesomely disfigured with her jaw wired shut, much of her upper lip torn off, and her lacerated gums and teeth partially bare. Right away I’m pleased with the brazen special effects. Rose looks monstrous, feels unsightly and credibly horrified by herself, and we see her wounds quite a bit.

With her medical leave rendering Rose temporarily jobless and homeless, her childhood foster sister and former co-worker Chelsea (Hanneke Talbot; Ready or Not) moves her in for her long recovery from her injuries. Utilizing an experimental technique in regenerative medicine called stem cell manipulation, Dr. Burroughs (Ted Atherton; Max Payne, The Expanse, V-Wars) treats Rose and literally erases her scars. Additionally she is more beautiful than even before the procedure… and suspiciously no longer needs her glasses. Little does Rose know, her procedure comes with abnormal side effects and leaves her with an infectious condition.

After a night out, Rose’s “infection” spreads like an outbreak virus carried by an Ebola monkey! Among those who came in contact with her, a man goes ballistic and zombie-bites a colleague’s face, tearing chunks of flesh from his cheek. Apparently, those infected by Rose ultimately become blood-craving rage zombies; mindless and rabid. To such end, many scenes play out like 28 Days Later (2002).

Movie Quality: 8/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in AVC 1080p with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Where this film really shines with the Blu-ray release has to do with the details. I felt like the previous Blu-ray release was missing certain details that come through very well with this print. Black levels hold up very well providing some nice blacks since this is a very dark film as it takes place throughout the night. Fans of ‘Rabid’ will not be disappointed the slightest.
Print Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. The soundfield here receives an upgraded mix that helps expand the audio in a very dynamic way. This is a very clean presentation providing a lot of panning from speaker to speaker with a lot of sound effects. While all of the chaos is going on with victim after victim being killed, the dialogue is handled very well here. Dialogue is clear with no issues to report.
Print Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Commentary features Jen and Sylvia Soska
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Interview
  • Theatrical Trailer

Special Features: 9/10

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend this movie. While this new take on the classic displays some plot-holes (again- similar to the original) it manages to provide a shocking and entertaining viewing experience. Some great prosthetic make-up effects and a punchy sound track keep things moving forward and the ‘plague’ aspect of the plot make it extra disturbing at THIS time..
Overall Rating: 8/10