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Finding an angry rodent swimming in your toilet might be a pretty unpleasant prospect, but cinematically speaking it is far from terrifying. Created using jerky point-of-view shots and creature effects that range from incongruous real-life footage to button-eyed glove puppets, the rat is an unthreatening villain, despite Weller’s best efforts to react in abject horror when he finds the corners of his mail nibbled or his dry groceries spoiled. There are some unsuccessful attempts to make Hughes’ plight more immediate to the audience by references to real-life rat problems--he visits a library to research his enemy and finds some disturbing photographs of rat-attack victims and subsequently ruins a dinner party with a genuinely unsettling rant about infestation and plagues--but it is difficult to feel sorry for him when he can’t even muster the tenacity to track down a professional exterminator. By the time Weller gets caught in one of his own traps, you will probably be roo! ting for the rat anyway, and might take some pleasure from a ridiculous denouement in which, dressed in full battle-gear, he completely destroys his beloved apartment by clumsily chasing the elusive vermin with a nail-studded baseball bat. Gore Verbinski's genuinely hilarious Mousehunt did it with a lot more charm. --Paul Philpott
This movie is one of the most underated horror films that I have ever seen.
The simple premise, the unintentional quirkiness, and a good performance by Weller all add up to a fun and entertaining time.
He smashes the rat while it's hiding in a doll house which unsubtly looks exactly like Weller's house.
A good suspense thriller with actor Peter Weller. Movie somewhat dated but still entertaining.Published 2 months ago by topgun66
This was an older movie that came to mind about a war between a man and a rat....beat's the hell out of Willard!Published 8 months ago by JACK DOUCET
Peter Weller at his best, just amazing story of how far a man willing to go,The FX are great for the times,just don't make them like this anymore.One of my favorite movie all timePublished 14 months ago by Mr. harrison
I saw this movie as a child and it scared the s*** out of me, I remember it being a good movie. I had to watch it again, it is horrible bad directing bad acting poor story at... Read morePublished 14 months ago by michael boldt
A rat, yes a big rat invades a fabulous home in New York. It is eerie but with comic relief.
Enjoy with some popcorn!
"Of Unknown Origin" is one of those obscure gems that, usually, only big-time horror fans will find while delving through lists of sleeper classics. Read morePublished 18 months ago by William Dorfer
I had to get this movie. Of Unknown Origin is the best Rat movie ever. What I love is, the fact that it realistic and the suspense is amazing!Published 22 months ago by Gidget Monroe
Saw this movie years ago and it left an impression on me. All the facts and history that are conveyed in the movie are extremely surprising, interesting and intriguing!Published 23 months ago by Michael J. Wegner
Remember this movie from the 80's. I recently had some major plumbing issues
tat made me feel like he felt towards getting rid of the rat. Anything to make it go away.