Nauseautingly brutal, but proof Bava was a genius. He builds up a vision of a ruined Italy ruled by petty chance, where survival is a matter of seeing the right thing at the right time, and then being animalistic enough to act. The power dynamic of the criminals is fascinating too: they're pathetic in their aspirations to a kind of perverted honour, while still being terrifying.
Bava really knows how to build tension and to represent violence and claustrophobic situations. Technically is good. However, it is exploitative and uninspired on the narrative side. It does not try to be meaningful, nor characters have any depth. It is an endless series of violent acts which most of the times are justified only by their aesthetics and a pretentious search for the sensations they cause.
All the Bava films I had seen thus far were either gialli or gothic horror so I found "Rabid Dogs" pretty unusual for the director. It was nevertheless a very powerful film. Raw, gritty, sweaty. The tension was almost unbearable at times. I did see the twist coming from the very beginning though so the ending felt a bit anticlimatic and I think it would've been more powerful without it. A great movie anyway.
Un fantastico lavoro di Bava,vera fonte d'ispirazione per il genere e per gli autori che faranno tesoro del suo talento.Un noir senza pecche,dal ritmo e dal montaggio incalzanti,in cui la tensione sembra sempre sul punto di esplodere.Scene che fanno stare male(la donna umiliata,il disfacimento dei cadaveri,la signora logorroica) ed un finale sospeso davero magico.Una pellicola grandiosa,rimasta nel cassetto 30 anni.
Ten minutes into this Mario Bava's movie and i was thinking about shutting it off by considering it a junk piece of cinema - i am glad i gave it little more time and this movie surprised me with its nihilistic & tense approach. A very harsh & bitter film to watch, but it is rewarding if you manage to see it till end (brilliant ending) Recommended (but you have to be patient with it).