We're foaming at the mouth for the special edition of ''Rabid'' (R, 90 mins., 1977, Ventura), Cronenberg's cult classic about a medical procedure that spawns a city full of zombie vampires. The horror director gave EW a sound bite.
How did porn queen Marilyn Chambers handle her first mainstream movie?
She invented her own type of Method acting. After a crying scene, she told me she'd thought about her cat Fluffy dying.
You originally wanted Sissy Spacek.
Yes. But the producers said she had freckles and a Texas accent. Then ''Carrie'' came out, and by then it was too late. If only they had listened to me!
What's up with the leading lady attacking with a needle that emerges from her armpit?
My original movie title was ''Mosquito.'' So I created a low-budget F/X stinger, and it was no accident that it looked phallic. The act of sucking blood is strangely sexual -- another plus to having Marilyn in the movie.