Rabies (2010)





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Strange things are happening to a handful of people lost in the woods in this offbeat horror film from Israeli filmmakers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. Tali (Liat Har Lev) has become trapped in a stretch of mine shaft that hasn't been used in years, and her brother Ofer (David Henry) is desperate to free her, in part for the sake of her safety and partly in fear of their parents learning their shocking secret. Tennis players Adi (Ania Bukstein) and Shir (Yael Grobglas) are en route to a … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Ahron Keshales
On DVD: Feb 28, 2012


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Critic Reviews for Rabies

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Takes the standard stupid-kids-in-the-woods formula and inverts it to delicious, hilarious and extremely mean effect.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 28, 2012
Sci-Fi Weekly

One of those fascinating horror movies that never gets too weird to lose its footing but also stays completely unpredictable.

Full Review… | October 6, 2011
The Deadbolt

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.

Full Review… | September 6, 2011
Little White Lies

A stalker kicks off an ever-escalating carnival of carnage. (Cleverer than it sounds.)

Full Review… | September 5, 2011

Keshales' and Papushado's sublime cross-cutting of the film's chronology builds a terrific tension and amplifies every unexpected twist for maximum impact.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011

Audience Reviews for Rabies


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.

On a fox reserve, a group of strangers encounter the darkness within themselves and the evil that surrounds them.

-A brother and sister with a very...sordid...past struggles to re-connect after the sister is kidnapped by a killer

-A group of students have their car break down after hitting a man, and they split up and chaos ensues, especially when the cops arrive

-A man is working with his dog when he uncovers a deadly secret and tries to help, but ends up succumbing to the darkness

This was Israel's first horror film ever made, and the directors started the genre off with a bang. The interesting twist in the film is that there really isn't a killer (the actual killer spends most of the time unconscious), but rather it delves into our own personal psyches, and what we would do once it seems civilization has become corrupt.

A great story, a great script and terrific acting, "Rabies" is a great international horror film.

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