1976 • Italy • Directed by Mario Imperoli
Three wealthy youths – ringleader Tony (Cesare Barro, Violence for Kicks) and his friends Rico (Luis La Torre, Evil Eye) and Silvia (Annarita Grapputo, Magnum Cop) – get their kicks from committing a series of random thefts and murders. Commissario Muzi (Jean-Pierre Sabagh a.k.a Piero Santi, Vow of Chastity) is on the case but can’t make anything stick on the over-privileged thugs. Realizing that justice is a rare commodity when it comes to the wealthy and powerful, Muzi and his lover and fellow cop, Germana (Paola Senatore, The Killer Reserved Nine Seats), plot to entrap Tony and his friends – but fail to anticipate just how ruthless these “rabid dogs” can be… Ranking among the most brutal of all the poliziotteschi, Like Rabid Dogs depicts a bitterly divided society in which being born into wealth seems to equate to a license to commit the most outrageous acts of violence without repercussions. Directed by Mario Imperoli (Canne mozze), this ultra-violent, ultra-cynical thriller combines grindhouse exploitation with an almost nihilistic worldview for unforgettable – and at times shocking – results.