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David Cronenberg

Q&A with the man who brought us zombie vampires -- ''Rabid'' director David Cronenberg talks about the cult classic's impact on the horror genre in light of its DVD release

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.

Originally posted Jun 04, 2004 Published in issue #768 Jun 04, 2004 Order article reprints