9. Rabid (2019) - Living As Human Cancer
This remake of the 1977 David Cronenberg original follows a young woman’s recovery from a traffic accident that left her facially disfigured.
A new form of stem cell therapy is trailed on her that causes her to develop a vampire-like thirst for blood and flesh, hunting down unsuspecting victims at club-nights. This is no accident: her doctor had been using her as a test subject.
As if this didn’t make him crazy enough, we get introduced to his wife. Once the couple found out that her cancer was incurable, she donated her body to his cause and the way he chose to honour that was to turn her into a grotesque mass of flesh stuck to a basement wall.
And they say romance is dead.
Her body is a shell of what it was, with entrails and tendrils breaking from what was probably once a ribcage. In immortalising his wife this way, he accidentally also made her cancer immortal.
So were it not for her murder at the hands of our leading lady (or maybe more of a mercy killing), she would have been destined to spend the rest of her days riddled with cancer, her body mutating to the point where her humanity was completely gone.