Rabid Dogs is an Italian film directed by Mario Bava. It was made in 1974 but the film was seized by the courts during the final stages of production when the producer went bankrupt after the main investor in the film died in a car crash. It was not released until 1998. According to Bava's son Lamberto, Mario apparently considered the film his most important work.,
Filmed originally as Semaforo Rosso (translation: Red Light), the film was released in 1998 on VHS as Rabid Dogs / Cani Arrabbiati, and re-released in 2007 (in a slightly reedited form) on DVD as Kidnapped. The original Italian title referred to a key scene in the film in which the characters make a fatal stop at a traffic signal, an occurrence that triggers all of the events of the plot, which involves a group of bank robbers and the hostages they take who they order to drive them from Rome to another location.
Allmovie's review of the film was mixed, calling it "easily the most nihilistic of Mario Bava's films."Tim Lucas, author of the critical biography Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark, calls the film "an exceptional work in the distinguished career of Mario Bava" and states that "Rabid Dogs is to Bava's career what Detour (1945) 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."
24 February 1998 (Germany; DVD premiere),
25 February 1998 (USA release on VHS),
18 June 2004 (Italy; TV premiere),
September 2004 (Italy; Venice Film Festival),
2007 (USA DVD, slightly reedited version) retitled Kidnapped