Rabies – Israel, 2010



Rabies (Hebrew: כלבת‎, Kalevet) is a 2010 Israeli film written and directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. It stars Lior Ashkenazi, Ania Bukstein, Danny Geva and Yael Grobglas. It is the first Israeli horror film and was shown at the UK’s Frightfest and the Tribeca Film Festival in the USA.


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…


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“Fortunately, Rabies represents more than a glorified footnote in an international encyclopedia of obscure horror. A whole lot more, actually. In fact, it’s the most fun I’ve had with a horror flick all year… and this is a genre that often feels piped into my system continuously, IV-style.” Slant


Rabies is a confident, interesting thriller; a very well-directed, intriguing spin on a deeply derivative premise. Situations mount and the characters do unspeakable things – sometimes due to mistaken identity, through malice, or by way of plain, character driven revelations.” Eye For Film

Rabies’ subversion of the usual body count discourse is admirable to a point, but it mostly just feels like one of those neat concepts whose execution is sometimes lacking because the film doesn’t do anything else remarkably well. Though it’s briskly paced and has a few good shocks, Rabies only adds up to a fairly decent movie.” Oh, the Horror!