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“Rabies” (Kalevet) is a 2010 Israeli psychological horrorthriller film directed and written by and . The story unfolds in a forested area where a series of events spiral out of control, leading to unexpected and violent consequences. The film explores the theme of fear and its impact on the characters as their lives become entangled in a web of suspense.


The film received positive reviews for its unique take on the horror genre, blending elements of thriller, dark comedy, and psychological drama. Critics appreciated the filmmakers' ability to create tension and surprise through unexpected twists in the plot. The ensemble cast was praised for their performances, contributing to the film's overall intensity.


The narrative is set in motion when a man and woman become lost in a forest, setting off a chain of events that involve a group of characters, each dealing with their own fears and desires. A psychopathic serial killer, a concerned brother-sister duo, a park ranger, and others find themselves caught up in a series of disturbing incidents.

The forest becomes a stage for paranoia, misunderstandings, and a sequence of violent encounters. As characters cross paths, their lives become increasingly intertwined, and the film explores how fear and desperation can lead to unpredictable and shocking outcomes.

The filmmakers use the setting effectively to create an atmosphere of claustrophobia and suspense, challenging the traditional conventions of horror films. “Rabies” keeps viewers on edge with unexpected turns and a sense of impending danger lurking in every corner of the forest.


“Rabies” received attention at various film festivals for its innovative approach to horror. While it may not have garnered major mainstream awards, it gained recognition for its impact on the genre and the fresh perspective it brought to Israeli cinema.


The film achieved popularity within the horror community for its departure from conventional horror tropes and its exploration of psychological elements. Its unique storytelling and the tension-filled atmosphere contributed to its appeal among audiences looking for something different in the horror genre.


Directed by
Written by
Produced by
    • Tami Leon
    • Chilik Michaeli
    • Avraham Pirchi
    • Julia Schifter

Cinematography Guy Raz
Edited by
Music by Frank Ilfman
Distributed by Image Entertainment (USA)
Release date
  • October 17, 2010
Running time
90 minutes
Country Israel
Language Hebrew


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