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The Rats

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Product Description

They're coming -- thousands of ravenous, blood-thristy rats -- and the terrified occupants of a New York City department store have no where to hide. Not only are these genetically altered creatures smarter, stronger, and bigger than normal rats, they've also acquired a taste for human flesh. Time is running out for investigator Jack Carver (Vincent Spano), the only man wh can discover how these rodents became violent killers and stop their trail of victims before its too late. The suspense builds in the sewers and subways of Gotham as a battle rages to determine which species will survive?man or beast!

"Anywhere you go in this city, you're only about five feet from a rat." These reassuring words set the tone for The Rats, a cheesy 2002 TV movie with a rather fun attitude toward its icky subject. The furry creatures are overrunning a Manhattan department store, with only store manager Mädchen Amick and exterminator Vincent Spano standing between the city and the establishment of a full-scale rodent kingdom. What takes this movie way beyond Willard is the CGI paint box, which brings scenes--many, many scenes--of swarming rats: rats filling a children's swimming pool, rats dropping onto a subway car, rats teeming over unfortunate extras. The movie isn't top-drawer in budget or anything else, but it seems aware of the 1950s monster-movie spirit, and the rat-cam and nibbling sound effects are unleashed with glee. It might make you think twice about lifting that toilet lid. --Robert Horton

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  • Actors: Mädchen Amick, Vincent Spano, Shawn Michael Howard, Daveigh Chase, David Fonteno
  • Directors: John Lafia
  • Writers: Frank Deasy
  • Producers: Bob Roe, David Madden, Eric Hetzel, Robert W. Cort
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2002
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G8JM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,112 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rats" on IMDb

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on July 7, 2003
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A customer at a posh department store is bitten by a rat in a dressing room. As a result, the store fires its current exterminators and hires the best in the city.
But the rat is only the start. The store has a big rat problem and it seems to originate outside the store. This is further proved when one of the store managers spots a rat in her home and her daughter is attacked at a recreation center.
Slowly we follow the trail of the rats and unravel the mystery behind their origins and attacks.
Decent acting and wonderful atmospheric settings help move the story along and keep the viewer neck prickling. Actual rat attacks are slight in number as the story and settings are used to create the rising fear of the rats.
I really enjoyed this one except when "the best in the business" baited his trap before setting it for the climactic battle. His competence level had been so high throughout the movie that I found it hard to believe he would intentionally do things backwards. but other than that, this was a surprisingly well-done film.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin Asiner on October 19, 2002
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Do you remember the grade B monster films of the 50's? Typically the hero was a handsome scientist type who with an equally attractive scientist-girlfriend would meet and defeat a slimy and laughably cheesy monster. Along the way, of course, a number of country-bumpkin types would get gobbled up before the male and female hero leads would discover true love just about the same time as they discovered the monster's Achilles heel. Now flash forward some forty years. Romance between the leads has vanished with the female lead an often tough-talking Sigourney Weaver-type who battles a monster that in terms of special effects and computer animation is far more scary than its predecessors of the 50's. In RATS, director John Lafia has combined the best of both decades of monster making films. There is indeed a romance between the handsome male lead (Vincent Spano) and the ... divorcee (Madchen Amick) who discover their own form of ... love (remember RATS is an updated version of a 50's mentality that did not permit the leads to kiss until the last reel) while battling a massive horde of genetically enhanced superrats. A number of scenes are both amusing and horrifying at the same time. Early in the picture, a slobby landlord who likes to adopt rats suddenly sees a strange-looking addition to his heretofore friendly collection. While the audience is screaming for him to not to approach it, he cooingly sticks his finger in the rat's mouth with a predictable result. Within moments he is, of course, picked clean. Later there is a most amazing scene of rats in a pool, possibly millions of them, squiggling around in a writhing, breathing mess. Into this verminous brew, Miss Amick rather unsurprisingly tumbles.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Sipos VINE VOICE on November 24, 2006
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Lab experiments have created mutant rats. Actually, they look just like regular rats, except they're a little stronger and more aggressive. These rats start attacking people, then a department store executive (Madchen Amick) and a rat exterminator (Vincent Spano) unite to defeat the rats -- and fall in love along the way!

Even for a made-for-TV movie, THE RATS's horror content is disappointinly tame. One man gets killed early in the film, then another man gets it 75 minutes into the film, and that's it. That's a pretty low body count.

It's hard to count all the mistakes and cliches in this film. Here are some:

* Vincent Spano sees rats leaving through a hole into the subway tunnels. He immeadiately rushes into the subway to try and see which way the train went, because he knows Madchen Amick is on the train. HUH? How did he know that she was on that particular train? Or even that the rats would attack it?

* When the subway stops, a motorman tells the passengers that they should wait in the train while he inspects the tracks. So an Obnoxious Yuppie complains, "What, you're not gonna leave us in here alone, are you? I don't believe this!" HUH? Who wrote this dialogue? The train stops, you expect the motorman to inspect the problem. Does this Obnoxious Yuppie want the motorman to hold his hand?

* When the rats enter the train, the Obnoxious Yuppies starts shooting a gun at the rats. So another man grabs him from behind to stop him. HUH? The yuppie was obnoxious, but he wasn't endangering anyone but the rats, from which everyone was trying to escape. Why would anyone stop him?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Everett on January 23, 2004
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When I saw this movie I thought, Oh great, another low bugdet, lameo B-movie, but it turned out to be great Scifi. The acting was great too, but you have to give credit to those rats, and you never know if some science experiment can actually go wrong, especially in a place like New York. Hey ya never know.
When a customer is strangely bitten in Garsons local department store, Susan Costello (highly underrated Madchen Amick) the head of relations, starts to worry. Rats have been overpowering the city in ways people can barely escape surviving the horrific attacks. Rats infest the rec center pool where Susans daughter swims, people have been killed by the little terrors, and the rats seem to be leaving their little presents all over Garsons. With little time left to destroy these Rats from reproducing, Susan calls in Rodent specialist Jack Carver (Vincent Spano) and his assistant Ty to help sort out the mess. As things grow worse and the Rats grow more powerful, they know they must think of a way to destroy them and quick.
The acting was great as I said before. Vincent Spano was good as the Rats expert. Haven't seen him in a while. Madchen Amick was beautiful. For the credit she should get, she's a highly underrated star. This is definetely a movie that would catch your interest. It keeps pace, and even gives you an ominous ending. 5 stars for a great movie.
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