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We compare and contrast the major themes in David Cronenberg’s “Rabid” with the recent remake of the film by indie icons Jen and Sylvia Soska.

Episode 21: Rabid (1977) vs Rabid (2019) (1 hour, 45 minutes)

In this episode, we tackle a new podcast formula — we are pitting an original against its remake! To start off, we are looking at the Master of Body Horror himself, David Cronenberg’s 1977 Rabid, and comparing it to the 2019 remake done by the Twisted Twins, Jen and Sylvia Soska. It’s Canadian Horror at its finest!

We discuss three major themes in Cronenberg’s Rabid: body horror (definitions and origins), science satire (mad scientists!) and vampirism (sexuality and gender inversion). We then compare and contrast it with the 2019 version.

How does the remake hold up? Does it bring anything new to the table? Which one did we like more? Take a listen to find out!

This month we also had a special guest spot by our friend Joe Lipsett who is a horror writer and co-host of the podcast Horror Queers, where they discuss horror films from a queer lens.


Original podcast artwork by Brandon Mercer

Jess and Kelly co-host the well-produced, highly entertaining, and insightful monthly podcast known as I SPIT ON YOUR PODCAST. Every month, they explore the world of horror entertainment, with each episode centering around a particular theme. This is a time once a month when Jess puts down her bloody knitting needles and Kelly steps away from the TV to discuss horror movies and other horror mediums with thoughtful analysis, research, and passion.

If you love this episode, be sure to head here to catch up on past episodes. You can also find this incredible monthly podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Soundcloud.

Original publication date: April 8, 2020