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Takes the standard stupid-kids-in-the-woods formula and inverts it to delicious, hilarious and extremely mean effect.
While I can't say I really enjoyed Rabies (the story is just too tired and the characters too stock, for someone raised on horror movies), I do respect its fine filmmaking.
One of those fascinating horror movies that never gets too weird to lose its footing but also stays completely unpredictable.
a dark (if brightly lit) comedy of errors, full of tensions that... reflect a nation's complex social and political landscape, where twinned senses of entitlement and entrapment have produced a treacherous environment best trodden very carefully.
A stalker kicks off an ever-escalating carnival of carnage. (Cleverer than it sounds.)
Audience Reviews for Rabies
A brother and sister who have run away from home. A car full of teens who have taken a wrong turn. A park ranger and his wife. Two questionable cops. What do all of these people have in common? They are lost in the woods with a psychopathic serial killer, who has set a series of sinister traps all throughout the park. RABIES is touted as being Israel's first venture into the Slasher genre, and it makes quite an entrance! Writer/Director team Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado take what would normally be familiar characters, settings, and situations, and create something wholly original. The pair introduce us to five distinct sets of characters, and manage to strike an intricate balance between them as the film progresses. Each new scene brings new surprises and unexpected twists at every turn, keeping audience members on edge from beginning to end! Keshales and Papushado have a gift for framing and editing each shot for maximum impact, which drives the tension and pitch-black humor higher than ever. Sharper than SEVERANCE, more clever than THE COTTAGE... RABIES takes the game of survival to a whole new level!
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A brother and sister who run away from home find sanctuary in a deserted nature reserve. When the sister falls into the trap of a psychopathic killer, the brother sets out on a race against time to find help. In a twist of fate the rescue of the sister becomes inadvertently intertwined with the lives of a group of young tennis players, a ranger and his dog, as well as a team of policemen.
Rabies is an interestingly odd throwback to backwoods slashers and a pretty decent, entertaining, very first horror film from Israel. The film was never really scary because I've seen so many films of its kind, nor did it try to be. It's tense, fast paced, bloody and a good time for the most part. It just wasn't above average to make it memorable or worth your time.
The performances were average, no one really stood out, and no one was lousy, just ok. The characters made smart and dumb decisions but were forgettable and almost cardboard cut outs, but were likable.
Writers and Directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado did a pretty good effort with this horror film, especially for first timers. The unpredictability of the story was a breathe of fresh air for a movie like this. Yet at the same time it could of been much better if they took it a notch further with higher stakes. They are definitely decent filmmakers that have potential, so I'm curious to see what they bring us next.
Overall, it's not your normal backwoods slasher and has enough carnage in it to satisfy fans, but it's nothing all that memorable. It's a decent effort and Israel's first spin on the genre which was neat, just nothing you need to see right away. Netflix rental.
5.9 out of 10
My first Israeli horror film , Rabies is almost a masterpiece of the genre with its unique blend of the twisted and the bizarre. Essentially a slasher film, Rabies thoroughly transcends the genre from its opening creepy moment through the final minutes of the film. If I could compare it to anything, it would be Mario Bava's Bay of Blood, but any comparisons do the film a disservice. Disturbing, brutal, tense, and constantly surprising, Rabies is everything that good horror cinema should be.
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