Directors: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
Writers: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado
Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Ania Bukstein, Danny Geva
What they say: A psychotic serial killer on the loose in the woods crosses paths with a group of unsuspecting teenagers. Soon people are dying one by one… but the bad guy isn’t who you think. Turning genre conventions on their head with a smart script and plenty of unexpected scares, Rabies is a surprising debut worthy of its mantle as Israel’s first-ever slasher horror film.
What I say: Rabies has got a lot of press based on the face that it’s the first horror film from Israel. But how does it stand up on its own? It’s a very different beast. Imagine if you will an ensemble horror film with several intertwining story lines.
There are at least five sets of characters and stories going and they crash head on into each other here and there. What is ingenious about the film is the skill it took to keep it all straight and keep it witty, scary, and fun. At the end of the day it is a slasher film, but at least it tries to be more as well. The cast is all great and the direction is bold. The thing I thought was cool about the film is how genre conventions are turned right on their ears. I mean the whole thing takes place in the daytime.
If you are looking for something different in your horror films, Rabies should be right up your alley.