Nightmares of a nation: Israeli horror-satires Rabies and Big Bad Wolves

Olga Gershenson, Dale Hudson

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Abstract

The recent emergence of horror-satires marks a new moment in cinematic representations of Israel/Palestine. Rather than violence of war, these films foreground structural violence within privileged segments of Israeli society through tropes of infectious diseases and solitary sociopaths. This essay examines two widely acclaimed films, Rabies and Big Bad Wolves, to argue that cynicism over Israel’s foundational myths and institutions has replaced heroism. A younger generation of filmmakers and audiences is willing to consider Israel’s role as both victim and victimizer; their horror-satires replace fears of outside dangers with fears of attacks inside individual and social bodies.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-65
JournalJournal of Cinema and Media Studies
Volume59
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019

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