Rabid (1977)

body horroryes
violence toward animalsyes
Bechdel-Wallace testpassed
Mako Mori testpassed
X was the real YIt turns out that carriers were the real monster all along.

David Cronenberg made a zombie movie

And that turns out mostly how you would expect. The plot is fairly straightforward but adds the element of a (largely) asymptomatic carrier spreading the disease. Because it's Cronenberg, the carrier is a woman who finds excuses to be topless, nad Because it's Cronenberg, she feeds on people through a stinger that extends from a weird orifice in her armpit.

I thought this was OK, but wasn't amazing. I think the horror movies he made before and after this, Shiver and The Brood are both stronger films. In a weird way, this movie is almost a half-way point between the plots of those two movies.

I don't regret watching this, but I'd probably recommend skipping it in favour of a different Cronenberg movie if you haven't seen some of his better ones.