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Early Cronenberg - cheap but effective,
This review is from: Rabid  [DVD] (DVD)
This is Cronenberg's 2nd proper movie. Baring that in mind, together with the limitations of the budget for a film of this nature made in Canada in the 1970's its actually a lot better than you might expect.
Yes some of the acting is a little wooden, and the special effects look very primitive now, but in fact watch this and then think about 28 Days/Weeks Later made roughly 30 years later and you begin to see a film that was way ahead of its time.
What also separates this film from most mainstream Hollywood horror movies made these days is its downbeat nature. Of course the grim reality of a viral infection spreading through the population is classic Cronenberg material.
You can pick this DVD up very cheap if you hunt around now. The limited extras, including production notes by film critic Kim Newman and an introduction by Cronenberg make this DVD pretty good overall if the price is right.