Rats - Night of Terror
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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.
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!Read more ›
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??
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The subtitles are only for the Mattei interview and there are no subs for the film on this dvd unfortunatelyPublished 15 months ago by Brian S. Page
mr mattei takes us to apoclyptic wonderland that truly rivals mad max in this belivable and wonderfully written film. just remind yourself.... it is only a moviePublished on January 27, 2010 by Eric Blair
I really had little idea the cinematic pain train I was boarding as I watched Rats - Night of Terror (1983) aka Rats - Notte di terrore last night. Read morePublished on September 24, 2005 by cookieman108
Was that a pashmina scarf Kirk was wearing? 'Cause if you look, its really clean and new looking for post apocalyptic scavengers. Read morePublished on June 18, 2005 by N. Stepro
Thrill to the sight of dozens of helpless mice being dumped on flailing Italian "actors"! Gawp in amazement at classic rejoinders like "This machine could use a kick... Read morePublished on January 3, 2004 by Jarrett B. Graver
... It was kind of like Waterworld (with the manner they were dressed) meets Night of the Living Dead (in respects to the reaction of the biker group) meets really cheesy rat... Read morePublished on October 24, 2002
Rats: Night of Terror is exactly what the name says. Actually, the movie is quite enjoyable, despite what many people say. Read morePublished on July 8, 2002 by Erich Hoelter
Buying Rats was an experiment of sorts for me, partially because I wasn't sure about the film and partially because the reviews frightened me somewhat. Read morePublished on May 17, 2002 by TorridlyBoredShopper
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