THE PLOT THUS FAR
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.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Rabies” differs from most of this type is that the maniac is probably the most irrelevant character in the whole film. Instead he is the catalyst for a series of events leading to all the other characters independently committing all manner of violent acts. There’s barely a story here and none of the characters are very well-developed but the slightly chaotic narrative is certainly a bit unusual.
It all comes down to human nature and breaking points and its rather good to see in the film that peoples actions and reactions in the film feel realistic, whether the odd moment of deliberate malice organic to a character or mostly just desperate and unthinking violent reaction to a problem the film really has something to say underneath the chuckles or the bloodshed. The film is pretty amusing in a largely deadpan manner and the humor is nicely mixed in with the horror even as the tension slowly mounts and things become towards the end rather affecting. There isn’t all that much gore but what’s there is decent, nice little gruesome jolts achieved with quality practical FX work.
The DVD comes with a trailer as its sole special feature. The A/V Quality is strong enough, but it lacks any real punch-up. While the Dolby track holds up throughout the film, I kept seeing so many lines throughout the background. Was this the result of a PAL to NTSC transfer or was it just a bad master? I can’t really tell. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.
RELEASE DATE: 02/28/2012