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Rabid Dogs (1974)

Cani arrabbiati (original title)
Following a bungled robbery, three violent criminals take a young woman, a middle-aged man, and a child hostage and force them to drive them outside Rome to help them make a clean escape.

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Riccardo
Don Backy ...
Bisturi (Blade) (as Aldo Caponi/Riccardo Rovatti)
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Maria
Maurice Poli ...
Dottore (as Renato Cecchetto)
George Eastman ...
Trentadue (Thirtytwo) (as Luigi Montefiori/Gabriele Duma)
Maria Fabbri ...
Maria Sbravati (as Marisa Fabbri)
Erika Dario ...
Marisa
Luigi Antonio Guerra ...
Employee (as Luigi Guerra)
Francesco Ferrini ...
Gas Station Attendant
Emilio Bonucci ...
Taxi Driver
Pino Manzari ...
Toll Collector
Ettore Manni ...
Bank President
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A gang of thieves hijack a man's car after botching their getaway from a robbery. They take a woman prisoner and command the man to drive them to safety. The man must try to cope with the bad situation he is in as well as trying to get help for a sick child that he is caring for. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Lock the doors, rollup the windows, and buckle up ... for the ride of your life!

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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25 February 1998 (USA)  »

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The film was incomplete when director Mario Bava died. See more »

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Remarkable change of pace for Bava proves he was a master director
10 June 2008 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Mario Bava is best remembered for his ultra-stylish and dreamlike Gothic horror mood pieces. Films such as "Black Sunday" and "Kill! Baby! Kill!" are fondly remembered as some of the most atmospheric films ever made. Bava always had a sense of subtlety and restraint for those works. However, in the early 70s, he made two films which marked a stunning change of pace for the master director. "Twitch of the Death Nerve" is a brutal film which took the Giallo to a whole new level. However, it was still very stylized and didn't seem too grounded in reality despite its disturbing nature. "Rabid Dogs", his next change of pace, is absolutely nothing like anything else the man made before. Its a tension filled and often sadistic crime story grounded in reality.

The main reason the film works is because of how divorced it is from Bava's earlier output. Instead of the director's usual dreamlike technique, "Rabid Dogs" is a very gritty and minimalist film. Most of it is set in a moving car and deals with the tensions between the captured and the kidnappers. Also, the shocking violence seems more realistic and grounded in reality, making it far more disturbing than anything else in Bava's filmography. Ultimately what makes the film memorable is the ultra-nihilistic outlook. This is as pessimistic and misanthropic work as "Last House on the Left", so be prepared to have a cold shower running afterwords. "Rabid Dogs" is a film which shocks on multiple levels and is a near-masterpiece for Bava, his last truly great film. (8/10)


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