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Cast: Ania Bukstein, Lior Ashkenazi, Danny Geva

Director: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado

Genre: Foreign/Horror/Thriller

Year: 2010

Rating: NR

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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Israel's first-ever slasher horror film and a worthy debut if I say so myself. "Rabies" is a slasher film laced with a good amount of black humor, just enough to lighten the mood but in all the right places. The film has the same feel as the first "Scream," there's plenty of action and blood, the actors all do a great job and the effects are surprising well done as well. The film was a hit at the Tribeca Film Festival and for good reason, I haven't had this much fun watching a horror film in a long time.

It's best not to read into the plot too much before watching "Rabies" which is why I am not going to go into any more details about it, the synopsis above is plenty to know before sitting down to watch it. I am sure you already figured out that the film is subtitled but don't let that discourage you, if you're a horror buff you owe it to yourself to check this out. From what I can gather this is Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado's debut film as well which is impressive enough but they really seem to have an eye for the genre. I hope this is only the beginning of their careers and I for one look forward to seeing what they come up with next.

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The film opens with a serial killer in the woods who captures a woman in a trap and from there it goes into mistrusts and betrayals as a foursome of twenty somethings get lost and make a wrong turn and the killer is waiting. Toss in two cops an older couple and their dog and the party is on. I can't say enough good things about "Rabies" and recommend it to all fans of the genre. The DVD only has the trailer but the film itself is worth the price. You can order the DVD HERE.

Released by Image Entertainment

**** Out Of *****