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Meet mankinds deadliest enemy!
Each year they plunder one fifth of our food, spread our deadliest diseases and destroy billions of dollars worth of homes and property. Theyre not cute.
Grain contaminated with steroids produce large black rats that begin feeding on the citizens of Toronto. A college basketball coach (Sam Groom, The Baby Maker) teams up with a local health inspector (Sara Botsford, The Fog 2005) to uncover the source of the mysterious giant rats. When they discover that the rats are living in the subway, they try to prevent a new subway line from opening before all hell breaks loose underground. This is mans last desperate, bloody battle to preserve the existence of the human race!
Based on the novel The Rats by James Herbert with a screenplay by Charles Eglee (Dexter, The Walking Dead), this nail-biting thriller is directed by Robert Clouse (Enter The Dragon) and co-stars Scatman Crothers (The Shining), Lisa Langlois (The Nest) and Lesleh Donaldson (Happy Birthday To Me, Curtains).
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So why is this such a great release? Let me count the ways. First, there's the great, high-quality transfer of the complete feature in the original aspect ratio. (There are a few scenes near the beginning where the audio has some unwanted buzzing, but it's out of the way quickly.) Heaps of excellent extras, including a great documentary ("Dogs in Rats' Clothing") and some original lengthy interviews. I also appreciate the inclusion of both DVD and BluRay media formats. And all for a reasonable price.
There aren't many people who know about this film, and even fewer who will enjoy it enough to purchase it, so I'm sure it was tempting to pass this one along as an economical bare-bones release. But I'm glad they didn't. I'm usually not that interested in bonus features -- documentaries and interviews about garden-variety movies almost never appeal to me -- but with a movie like this, which I had to track down after being relegated to watching a DVD-R copy of my VCR-battered VHS copy that was taped straight from The Movie Channel back in the 80s, I devoured them all. It was great fun.
And if you're new to "Deadly Eyes", well ... I'm not entirely sure how you got here. You must have some pretty weird product recommendations in your Amazon profile or something. So be warned: this is one of my favorite bad movies of all time. Definitely in my Cinema con Queso Top Five. Swarms of killer rats, hopped up on steroids (and played alternately by puppets and dogs in rat suits), terrorizing a nameless metropolis with a geometrically (and entertainingly) escalating body count. Teens in heat, awkwardly stilted love scenes between the adults, interactions between characters that make no sense, blood the color and consistency of cranberry juice, swarms of dachshunds being wrangled rapidly through the sewers while cocooned in semi-convincing rat suits. I was laughing out loud from the moment I first saw it, and I've gone to great efforts to keep this movie in my life ever since. I remember vividly the night I showed this to some friends (both current and prospective) back in high school, some 30 years ago, thinking that they would find it as deprecatingly entertaining as I did. (The result: they never invited me back to their parties.) So it's not for everyone. But if you're a fan of Cinema con Queso, I recommend giving it a shot.
And the best part of this brand-new widescreen transfer? Watch Lisa Langlois lead the cheerleading practice: the line of cheerleaders off to the right of the screen are so chaotically out of sync it's asphyxiatingly hilarious. You can't get that with a pan-and-scan transfer, no sir.