DVD Release: Rabies

DVD Release Date: Feb. 28, 2012
Price: DVD $27.97
Studio: Image Entertainment

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Some murderous schlemiel is loose in the woods in the Israeli horror film Rabies.

The 2010 foreign-language film Rabies is touted on its press materials as being “Israel’s first horror film.” Oy.

More a slasher-comedy hybrid than a straight-ahead horror movie, Rabies looks in on a rampaging psychotic serial killer who crosses paths with Ofer (Henry David) and Tali (Liat Harley), a brother and sister who have run away from home. When Tali finds herself ensnared in the killer’s trap, it’s up to Ofer to find help. Left alone, Tali soon becomes mixed up with an unlikely group of characters, ranging from a set of tennis players to a squad of policemen. Together, the group try to eliminate the killer, but first they must  figure out his true identity.

Written and directed by first-time filmmakers Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, Rabies also stars Lior Ashenazi, Ania Bukstein and Ran Danker.

After opening in theaters in Israel in December 2010, the unrated movie (called Kalevet in its native tongue) played a slew of international genre film festivals, including Finland’s Night Visions Film Festival, Portugal’s Fantasporto Film Festival and the U.S.’s Screamfest Horror Film Festival.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.