Rabies (Kalevat) (3 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Rabies (Kalevat)

An interesting twist on slasher movie conventions from Israel

The problem with slasher films is that they perhaps have the most rigid rules in cinema. It’s so easy to fall into the standard clichés as set out by Halloween and Friday the 13th et al. Not that it means you can’t make a fun, entertaining film within these conventions, but it’s nice when someone shakes up the formula.

Rabies sets itself up as your usual run of the mill backwoods slasher, and while there is a serial killer stalking the forest outside Tel Aviv where our teenagers, cops and surveyors find themselves, it’s the relationships between our would-be victims where the real tensions lie. A very very black comedy of death, misadventure and misunderstandings.

RABIES (2011) - THE OFFICIAL TRAILER (English subtitles)


  • 2010
  • Israel
  • 1h 30min
  • Directed by: Navot Papushado/Aharon Keshales
  • Cast: Lior Ashkenazi, Efrat Baumwauld, Ania Bukstein

Edinburgh International Film Festival: Feature - International Your friendly psycho is on-hand to pick off the pretty girls, for no reason whatsoever, and the police are less than helpful. It is bloody, of course, but jumps are well paced and we stay a good distance from gratuitous pain and low budget slasher…

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