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Rats - Night of Terror

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In the year 225 A.B. (After the Bomb), a group of post-apocalyptic bikers discover an abandoned research laboratory filled with food, waterand thousands of rats. But these are no ordinary vermin; these are super-intelligent mutant rodents with a ravenous appetite for human flesh. Can a bunch of heavily armed but not-too-bright human scavengers survive a night of terror against the most hungry and horrific predators on earth? Directed by the notorious Bruno Mattei (Hell of the Living Dead, Emmanuelle in Prison), this hilarious 1983 Italian shocker is filled with over-the-top gore, bottom-of-the-barrel dialogue and attacks by what appear to be thousands of painted guinea pigs, all capped with a twist ending that must be seen to be believed. Rats: Night of Terror has been fully restored from original vault elements and is now presented completely uncut and uncensored.

Special Features

  • Hell Rats of the Living Dead an all new interview with director Bruno Mattei
  • Bruno Mattei biography

Product Details

  • Actors: Ottaviano Dell'Acqua, Geretta Geretta, Massimo Vanni, Gianni Franco, Ann-Gisel Glass
  • Directors: Bruno Mattei, Claudio Fragasso
  • Writers: Bruno Mattei, Claudio Fragasso, Hervé Piccini
  • Producers: Jacques Leitienne
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005R24I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,263 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rats - Night of Terror" on IMDb

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By Monty Moonlight VINE VOICE on December 11, 2007
Format: DVD
Set in the year 215 A.B. (after the bomb), "Rats" is the story of a group of motorcycle riding nomads who travel around scavenging the leftover cities of the world that have become ghost towns. Most humans never resurfaced after going underground to avoid the radiation all those years before, but the biker gang soon discovers that the humans moving underground forced the world's rat population above ground, and it is they who now hold power over us!

Putting his own spin on Romero's "Night of the Living Dead," famed European schlock-horror director Bruno Mattei replaces zombies with rats and takes us into the future to a world turned upside down. If that sounds intriguing to you, you may want to give this one a look, but be prepared for the worst. Everything about this one is pretty bad (and kinda gross) except for the twist ending and some of the general concept itself. It's all in good fun if you enjoy bad movies though, but one sort of feels this would have been more effective as part of an anthology since it really doesn't need to be feature length.

I recommend opting for the double feature DVD that includes "Hell of the Living Dead" and the same extra features which are: "Hell Rats of the Living Dead" (an interview with director Bruno Mattei), a Bruno Mattei bio, and a theatrical trailer. Though, that one is double-sided and may be troublesome for finicky DVD players.
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First of all: RATS - NIGHT OF TERROR is somewhat a guilty pleasure, because it is evident that some of the animals featured in the film were bodily harmed for real.
Having said that RATS is a very enjoyable take on the always popular animal horror subgenre. It is directed by Italian trashmaestro Bruno MATTEI, (in)famous for his zombie romp HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD and two Nazi sleaze epics, under his pseudonym Vincent DAWN. Set in a distant future after a nuclear war like so many Italian B-movies shot after the worldwide success of the MAD MAX film series, the story concerns a group of weirdly dressed bikers being sieged in a rundown house by hordes of carnivorous rats. Basically it is NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD with rats substituting for zombies, as MATTEI puts it in a brief but insightful interview in the DVD's extra feature's section.
Obviously a small budget affair, this is very entertaining nonetheless. MATTEI makes good use of the location and there are lots of gore and violence, when the bikers fall victim to their furry foes one after the other. Highlights include badly mutilated corpses, a dead woman, whose jaws drop open to reveal a rat crawling out of her mouth and a biker, who is covered in rats and set ablaze by a flame-thrower.
There is some full frontal nudity, too.
The acting is - well, not so great. For the female part of the cast acting mostly consists of hysterical screaming when a fourlegged enemy or a corpse is in sight.
The true stars of the movie are no great actors as well. The rats look cute and not very threatening at all. Since MATTEI could not afford an animal trainer, the rodents are not "attacking", but are obviously thrown at the actors. Poor things!
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OK, this movie stinks!

Now that we have cleared that up, let's take a look at why this movie should be watched.

Our story is about a post-apocalyptic world, in which the human race is forced to live undewrground; in order to avoid contact with the radation that has killed life. As time goes on, two groups of survivors formed and did not get along. So, group 1 up and left and made for the Earth's surface again.

This is where our movie starts. The group is a bunch of bikers and look like they came straight out of LA, CA 1980. As they are settling in, the discover that there is some sort of ultra-smart, ultra-fast, ultra-carnivous species of Rats on Earth and there are large numbers of them.

Very cheesey and not worth more that $9.50 or $10, but definatly worth watching.

And, to all those weiners about these being real rats, get over it! There is this perfectly legal profession in the UNited States that I'm sure you would call for assistance if you had a rat problem.....We call them exterminators.....what's the difference??
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It's the year 225 A.B.(After the bomb).A group of bikers come across an abandoned research laboratory filled with food,water and a couple of corpse.They soon find out that their new digs is infested with thousands of blood thirsty"rats"that are super-intelligent.There is an interview with director Bruno Mattei where he talks about how the rats they had were not very good actors,so they used thousands of painted guinea pigs(honestly couldn't tell the difference,except for a couple of the white ones).With great heaping amounts of gore and laughable dialouge and a great suprise ending that really creeped me out when I first saw this on late-nite T.V. when I was a kid.After seeing this I can remember having recurring nightmares about rats coming for me.When I would go down alleys on my way home from school,I can recall running instead of walking(there sure were some big rats in Chicago back in the 80's).Seeing this movie today is just great fun.One of my favorite"killer animal movies".
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