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Review – Rats: Night of Terror

November 2, 2007

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Ya gotta love Anchor Bay – they do a bang up job in remastering & repackaging old horror films. Today’s case in point – the double header Hell of The Living Dead/Rats DVD.

I got this from the library(!) the other day. I’m only going to review Rats because I thought that movie was more interesting (though HOTLD has its’ charms as well).

Anyway: it’s 225 A.B. (After Bomb, the narrator tells us). A group of dirty, yet stylishly dressed post-apocalyptic survivors led by Kurt (Ottaviano Dell’Acqua, here billed as “Richard Raymond”) ride into a nameless town and take up residence.

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 Kenny Loggins, you’ve never looked better!

Unfortunately for them – superintelligent rats live there too!

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We then follow the gang through their lifestyle choices – like sex in front of everybody…

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and dressing in clothes left at Goodwill by Pat Benatar…

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Hey, let’s find our 275-year old Loverboy album…

before the rats start ganging up on them.

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Nice effect there – prosthetic tongue?

The rats (for the most part painted guinea pigs, director Bruno Mattei tells us) swarm (or are tossed haphazardly by a grip, depending) onto the cast, eliminating them one by one – sometimes quite inventively – until only two are left. Which leads to a climax you have to see to believe (and honestly, you’ll probably see coming half an hour before the end).

Now, I’m being semi-snarky, but you have to admire the way Mattei delivers the goods. He knew he had to get particulars in the film (nudity, gore, SF) and he got them all in there. And back in the 80s, this probably was a crowd (or at least, a distributor) pleaser. And it kept me watching it at normal speed – an accomplishment for any film nowadays. If you get a chance and want a movie that’s supposed to be entertaining and nothing more, have a look.

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OK, whose brother-in-law got the costumes here?

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