Jen and Sylvia Soska, the “twisted twins” who gained a cult following after their debut back in 2012 with American Mary, are taking a stab at a sleeper classic: Rabid.
Originally imagined by David Cronenberg, the sisters promise to honor his work with a fresh, female, perspective with a side or two of blood of course.
— Laura Vandervoort (@Vandiekins22) August 23, 2018
Laura Vandervoort (Supergirl and Jigsaw) shared first-looks of her starring role in Rabid. Fans will remember adult film star Marilyn Chambers originally starred as the main protagonist (or I guess antagonist depending on how you look at it) Rose.
Slight tweaks will be made, the shared images certainly have a sleeker look, but the sisters want to keep true to the film’s humble beginnings.
Vandervoort will play, “a young seamstress who, after an accident leaves her scarred beyond recognition, undergoes a radical untested stem-cell treatment,” according to Deadline. “While turning Rose into the belle of the ball, the experimental transformation comes at a price.”
Another sneak peek at our film #Rabid My character #rose goes through hell and back. She was hard to shake after we wrapped. Cannot wait for you to meet her and her demons. @twisted_twins pic.twitter.com/1aSOnZRJ3J
— Laura Vandervoort (@Vandiekins22) August 28, 2018
The 1977 film follows the same premise. There is one major key element that I hope the Soska Sisters include (SPOILER): THE APPENDAGE GROWING FROM HER ARMPIT. Besides it giving her cravings for human blood and infecting everyone she feasts on, Rose is your typical 70s gal (that was a joke).
“It’s a tremendous honor to be re-imaging David’s 1977 body horror classic [Rabid] with such incredible support behind us,” shared the Soska Sisters according to ComingBook. “We are not fans of soulless remakes as seems to be the trend these days as they disrespect the fans and the original body of work. Our Rabid is a continuation of the thoughts and conversation David started with his original piece and modernized through a female perspective. This film will truly honor not only the original but Cronenberg’s entire body of work.”
Ideas for a remake began swirling back in 2016 according to IndieWire.
The cast also features Ben Hollingsworth (Code Black), Hanneke Talbot (Playing Dead) as Rose’s best friend, Mackenzie Gray (Legion) as a fashion designer, and CM Punk (WWE) and AJ Mendez (WWE Raw) in undisclosed roles according to ComingSoon.
The first day of filming on The Soska Sisters’ RABID! We’re intrigued and excited by the their take on this body horror classic. Break a leg, ladies. pic.twitter.com/K8x1aO76Bi
— FANGORIA (@FANGORIA) July 17, 2018
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