The Israeli writer/director team Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are making waves on the festival circuits right now with their new film Big Bad Wolves, a violent thriller, that Quentin Tarantino has said is one of the best films he’s seen this year. However, in 2010, their film entitled Rabies (also known as Kalevet) surprised many folks internationally with its dark and yet odd wit. Some called it a slasher film, others called it a film of suspicion, fear, and obsession, while others called it maybe even a serial killer film. Yet one term that seems to keep popping up is a throwback to pulp and grindhouse cinema.
When a brother and sister leave home for questionable reasons, a serial killer captures the girl while out in a fox nature preserve. Suddenly chain events happen that draw in a college co-ed tennis team, the park ranger and both his dog and girlfriend, and a pair of police officers who come to investigate when the dispatcher receives a call from one of the tennis players.
The film, Rabies, released in the United States in 2012, was named as one of co-host Mike’s best horror films of last year. With its extreme violence, fascinating directing, and dark yet witty screenplay, the film is a must see by both horror fans and grindhouse fans that like something different and original. Dark Discussions discusses the film and why you should check it out.