I know what you’re thinking, not another Israeli slasher movie? Directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, Rabies has nothing to do with foaming at the mouth and going insane but it does have a dog. So that’s ok. It’s not really a slasher movie either but we’ll let that go for now. If they want to bill it as the first Israeli slasher movie that’s fine, but for me Rabies is a genre defying comedy with a little murder thrown in for good measure.
A brother and sister run away from home to find sanctuary in a deserted nature reserve, complete with psychopathic killers, land mines and bear traps. Somebody really needs to read up on the word ‘sanctuary’. When the sister falls into a trap the brother sets out on a race against time to save her. Their story gets interesting – and all the more comical – when you throw in the misadventures of four teen tennis players, one man and his dog, and a pair of corrupt police officers.
Rabies defies convention and is all the better for it. The writing is smart, the characters are well defined and the plot twists are expertly handled throughout. It’s a movie that revels in the darker side of life, where lives can change in an instant and one bad decision echoes for eternity. Rabies is not only bloody and unpredictably brutal, it’s laugh out loud funny at times; a film that defies expectation and demands your full attention. AW