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The Rats (2002)

Mädchen Amick , Vincent Spano , John Lafia  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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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: French, 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G8JM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,747 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Rats" on IMDb

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"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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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!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rat films July 7, 2003
Format:DVD
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars predictable and tame TV movie, but mildly entertaining. 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
4.0 out of 5 stars The Rats: The Return of the Verminous Fifties October 19, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly good! January 23, 2004
By Everett
Format:DVD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the rats dvd
do not watch this alone it scared me to death.i hate rats..and I seen them all night long in my bed lol.
Published 7 months ago by bulldog
5.0 out of 5 stars Always flush before you sit.
The opening sequence involves a rat's eye view of things, an upscale department store dressing room, and some nudity as the first victim falls prey to a ferocious nibbler carrying... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Einsatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Get out the black light!
A rat-themed movie gets five stars from me when it delivers reasonably accurate depictions of rats and it also presents some new or funny approaches in the story. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kathryn Tsai
5.0 out of 5 stars Always loved rats!
Great movie, need to get all the sequels. Used to have the paperback books too. Also want to get the food of the gods series.
Published 15 months ago by Kathy Bayles
4.0 out of 5 stars The rats
Loved it-kinda corny story line but all in all good movie. I already had it and my granddaughter wanted her own copy for Christmas.
Published 19 months ago by Beth M Blackmon
3.0 out of 5 stars a little better
this movie was a little better than food 4 the gods. It had a couple good spots in it. Try to purchase a used copy the price will out weigh the movie.
Published 21 months ago by deborah d. herrod
5.0 out of 5 stars Retail Rats
If you work in retail, especially in a department store, you will never feel the same when you touch your cosmetic counter!! Read more
Published on October 23, 2011 by Leopard
1.0 out of 5 stars Rats!!!
This one is really hokey! Thousands of rats flocking to a Nordstrom-type retail store because they're selling a perfume that not only attracts them, but turns them into vicious,... Read more
Published on June 19, 2010 by PR GUY
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent acting separates this from the pack.
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While finally making it through The Rats on my third try, I finally figured out what it is about modern movies of this sort that really bugs... Read more
Published on June 1, 2009 by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Don's Review
The RatsAND NOT LAST BUT ANOTHER GREAT MOVIE THAT YOU WOULD WANT TO WATCH ON ANY NIGHT.

THANK YOU,

D.R.B.
DONALD BUTLER
LOS ANGELES, CA.
Published on October 28, 2008 by Donald R. Butler
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