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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rabid Dogs (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight Blu-ray) - Not the Bava One

This is a tough one for me guys. If I watch the remake of Mario Bava's Rabid Dogs aka Kidnapped I'm going to write a scathing, mean spirited review. I can't lie. Comparing the IFC Midnight/Scream Factory released new take on an Italian classic to its original is an effort in futility. We're talking about one of the greatest filmmakers in Horror history. You hope that the remake could be a good movie, to stand on its own in spite of the original. Add to that that I am very possessive of Italian Horror. I love it and feel a deep connection to the movies from that country. That means that movies like this feel disrespectful whether they are or not. Rabid Dogs is not better than the original. We'll leave it at that. I will not be a mean fella tonight.

As a movie on its own without taking into account the existence of the original movie I found it quite dull. It's has a strong opening that feels action packed, but that quickly gives way to a long road that doesn't have much going on. It's not overly violent despite the way it is being marketed. The score isn't powerful. The performances are find, but no one stood out. There's not sense of impressive style, and the story is quite ordinary (as was the original mind you).

For a new movie it looks great on Blu-ray and includes some nice extras. There's making of featurette, a production featurette that features weapons and effects and interviews with the cast. If I enjoyed the movie more, this would actually be quite impressive. I actaully love the cover/poster art for this one. Very impressive and keeps in line with the Euro Horror roots of Kidnapped.

This is Eric Hannezo's first directorial effort, and it's a hard one to tackle. You're telling me the first thing you're going to do as a director is to try and remake one of the masters of Horror's work? Hannezo made a movie that is watchable. It isn't bad. It didn't grab me necessarily, but it does look like a movie a professionally created movie as opposed to the early work of an indie filmmaker. I've see much worse fresh out the door.

You can order your copy now via Scream Factory or DiabolikDVD:
https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/action-adventure/rabid-dogs
 Or
http://www.diabolikdvd.com/category/Horror-[sl]-Thriller/Rabid-Dogs-(2015-Remake)-(Scream-Factory)-(DVD-[sl]-Blu~Ray-Combo).html

From Scream Factory:

The main avenue of a crowded city. Sabri (Guillaume Gouix - TV's The Returned), grips the steering wheel of his car, eyes fixed anxiously on the bank entrance opposite… A sudden explosion. Three masked men race to the car, loaded with stolen cash. Unfortunately everything is about to go wrong. With the cops right behind them, the car crashes and their boss is killed. Sabri and his accomplices are forced to run. The three desperate criminals will stop at nothing to make their escape. Taking a young woman and a father and child hostage, they embark on a crazy, violent road trip that not all of them will survive…

This chilling remake of the 1974 Mario Bava cult classic, KIDNAPPED, stars Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded, Dante 01), Laurent Lucas (Calvaire) and Virginie Ledoyen (The Backwoods, The Beach)

 Bonus Features
The Making Of Rabid Dogs (Blu-ray Only)
Interviews With The Cast
Effects, Weapons And Production Design Featurette
Theatrical Trailer

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