This is my first time seeing the trailer for Tribeca Film Festival hit Big Bad Wolves. From visionary Israeli horror directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Rabies and the upcoming ABC’s of Death 2) comes the story of a bereaved father seeking revenge for his daughter’s murder.
A vigilante cop and a vengeful father capture and interrogate an accused serial killer. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s brutal follow-up to Rabies (TFF 2011) examines a horror that most would not want to imagine: what would you do if someone hurt the one you loved most? A revenge thriller with teeth, Big Bad Wolves delivers on its raw tension with operatic drama.
The trailer seems promising, offering a controversial story in a manner that maintains its integrity. They broach the horrific while hopefully avoiding vulgarity. A film like this can be very successful, so long as it avoids exploitation of the subject matter. From the sound of it, that’s the end result.
The ambiguity of villainy is a big plus. At least in the trailer, the evil man strapped to the chair looks like the lamb at the slaughter, the bereaved father taking on the face of malice and evil. Such discrepancies force the audience to question their own morals and ethics. It helps put them in the shoes of the suffering and the sufferers simultaneously, questioning motive and justification. It’ll be interesting to see how this film plays out.