Imagine Quentin Tarantino remaking LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT inside a speeding car...That's Mario Bava's RABID DOGS (Cani Arrabbiati), a brutal and ironic kidnapping story whose unflinching realism makes it unlike any other film ever made by Italy's foremost director of horror and fantasy. The violent, pessimistic and darkly ironical story of RABID DOGS says much about why Bava sought refuge in art, why fear was his favorite subject, and why he felt compelled to stylize everything in his films-from the colored gel lighting that illuminated his actors, to their unrelenting acts of violence. Made in the Summer of 1974, five years before Bava's death, RABID DOGS was virtually completed when one of its key investors was killed in a traffic accident; the footage was impounded until it was completed twenty years later according to Bava's editing notes for this exclusive DVD presentation! RABID DOGS is to Bava's career what DETOUR is to the filmography of Edgar G. Ulmer, a minimalist noir masterpiece that shows how much drama he was capable of conjuring onscreen with little or no means. The release of Rabid Dogs is a momentous occasion for Italian genre buffs, worldwide. It's one of Bava's best and darkest films, and also one of his greatest technical achievements!

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Rabid Dogs (1974)

Unrated

Crime/Suspense/Thriller · 1h 36m · 3/1/1996

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

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Imagine Quentin Tarantino remaking LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT inside a speeding car...That's Mario Bava's RABID DOGS (Cani Arrabbiati), a brutal and ironic kidnapping story whose unflinching realism makes it unlike any other film ever made by Italy's foremost director of horror and fantasy. The violent, pessimistic and darkly ironical story of RABID DOGS says much about why Bava sought refuge in art, why fear was his favorite subject, and why he felt compelled to stylize everything in his films-from the colored gel lighting that illuminated his actors, to their unrelenting acts of violence. Made in the Summer of 1974, five years before Bava's death, RABID DOGS was virtually completed when one of its key investors was killed in a traffic accident; the footage was impounded until it was completed twenty years later according to Bava's editing notes for this exclusive DVD presentation! RABID DOGS is to Bava's career what DETOUR is to the filmography of Edgar G. Ulmer, a minimalist noir masterpiece that shows how much drama he was capable of conjuring onscreen with little or no means. The release of Rabid Dogs is a momentous occasion for Italian genre buffs, worldwide. It's one of Bava's best and darkest films, and also one of his greatest technical achievements!

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Status

Released

Language

Italian

Country

Italy

Production Company

Spera Cinematografica
Cast
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Riccardo Cucciolla

Riccardo
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Don Backy

Bisturi (Blade) (as Aldo Caponi/Riccardo Rovatti)
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Lea Lander

Maria
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Maurice Poli

Dottore (as Renato Cecchetto)
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George Eastman

Trentadue (Thirtytwo) (as Luigi Montefiori/Gabriele Duma)
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Maria Fabbri

Maria Sbravati (as Marisa Fabbri)
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Erika Dario

Marisa
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Luigi Antonio Guerra

Employee (as Luigi Guerra)
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Francesco Ferrini

Gas Station Attendant
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Emilio Bonucci

Taxi Driver
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Pino Manzari

Toll Collector
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Ettore Manni

Bank President
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Mario Bava

Crowd extra (uncredited)
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Barbara Ehringer

Woman behind the window (1996 prologue restoration) (voice) (uncredited)
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Nina Gueltzow

Woman behind the window (1996 prologue restoration) (uncredited)
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Fabrizia Sacchi

Mother (1996 prologue restoration) (uncredited)
Crew
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Mario Bava

Director
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Lamberto Bava

Director
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Cesare Frugoni

Writer
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Alessandro Parenzo

Writer
Disc Releases
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Rabid Dogs

(DVD)

7/18/2006

Disc Title Front Cover

Cult Fiction: Kidnapped

(DVD)

3/4/2008

Disc Title Front Cover

Kidnapped

(DVD)

4/3/2007

Disc Title Front Cover

Kidnapped

(DVD)

12/11/2012

Disc Title Front Cover

Rabid Dogs

(Blu-ray, Digipack)

9/23/2019

Disc Title Front Cover

Kidnapped

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

12/11/2012

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