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Killer Rats
Killer Rats
Actors: Sara Downing, Amy Parks, Bailey Chase, Michael Zelniker, Sean Cullen (II)
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2003     1hr 32min

At Brookdale Institute, where the wealthy fo for rehab, something lurks behind the walls. Years ago, they conducted experiments on lab rats. The scientists have moved on?but the rats remain and have mutated and mutiplied. ...  more »


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Actors: Sara Downing, Amy Parks, Bailey Chase, Michael Zelniker, Sean Cullen (II)
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/03/2003
Original Release Date: 01/15/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 01/15/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The name says it all.
Tressa L. Breen | Gardner, MA USA | 01/04/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Murderous mice threaten to devour hospital patients unless they're taken to their leader Mickey...just kidding.

At a mental health institution, the rats from a forgotten experiment (how anyone can forget an experiment I'll never understand, talk about a swiss cheese memory) have begun to mutate (of course) and eat the patients (guess the kitchen was out of head cheese) just as an undercover reporter checks in to do an inside story on the clinic (timing is everything, the proverbial hickory clock must not have struck one yet and the mouse is still running up it).

Okay, I have to be honest, this movie was lame. The special effects were horrible. The mother rat looked like some cheesy Halloween house decoration you'd leave out on your porch to wipe your feet on. The rat spawns had such fake glowing red eyes you'd think they'd be blind (but then again they all had their tails and there were way more than three of them). There was even a "Willard" type character who had a telepathic bond with the rodents (all he must have heard was "Brains! Brains! Must have fresh brains!" because the rats decapitated their victims). Although if you're actually into B- horror flicks you may love this movie and think it's the Mouse King of the genre.

Ron Perlman plays the head of the institution and the head of the forgotten experiment. It's a bad movie but he at least is, as always, good. Want to know more? Remember the remarks I made earlier about head cheese and decapitations?

Definitely spend no more than a cost of a rental and definitely have a drink."
Robert P. Beveridge | 06/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"OMG,I love this movie!It is great.Defintley the best killer rat film.I saw it on Sci fi,and now im defintley going to buy the DVD.Sure this movie is cheap and has bad effects,but what do you expect!It is scary and gory and thats all you need from a film like this.The people who give this movie bad reviews cant enjoy a cheap horror movie.I guess they were expecting an academy award winning masterpeice.Dont listen to them,this movie is great!Its about a young teen reporter(Sarah Downing) who goes undercover as a patient to an insane assulym.There she meets some other weird teens and makes a friend.That night her friend is killed by the rats.When the reporter finds out she is missing she starts investigating.She finds out the place is crawling with mutated rats that scientists had experimented on a long time ago.The janitor has a secret connection with the rats and the mama rat has grown huge by "feeding off his thoughts".The reporter complains to the staff,so they hire two exterminators.Unfortunatly both are killed and the rats still run free.The rats start killing the staff and the patients one by one,and the survivors try to escape.This movie is really cool.There is tons of gore.The body count at the end is high(13 I think).Anyway its a great movie.See It!!!!"
B. M. Dorton | Lex, KY | 09/27/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"The horrible effects make it unwatchabe!! When the killer rats attack their victims its laughable how anyone would allow these effects to fly.. I mean this CGI goes down as the worse in movie history to date!! I laughed, I took the dvd out and laughed again!!!"
The beginning of Tibor Takacs' SFCOM reign of terror.
Robert P. Beveridge | Cleveland, OH | 10/07/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Rats (Tibor Takacs, 2003)

Over the last five years, the name of Tibor Takacs has come to be synonymous with awful SyFy Channel Original Movies. He is the brain behind such worthless pieces of cinematic history as Ice Spiders, NYC: Tornado Terror, Megasnake, and the dumbest-named SFCOM of all time, Mansquito. But back in 2003, Takacs was just another low-budget director who'd done one thoroughly awesome eighties horror flick (The Gate, starring a young Stephen Dorff no less) and a bunch of, well, Sabrina the Teenage Witch. (Okay, so I've had a crush on Melissa Joan Hart forever. Sue me.) So Rats, the movie that propelled Takacs into immortality by showing the gods at what was then the Sci-Fi Channel that this guy could make really, horrifically, hilariously bad horror movies, blindsided the world. The guy who made The Gate made this? Believe it, bud. And better yet, he managed to con a guy who was still flying a bit under the radar as one of the finest actors of our time into appearing in it.

The scene: the Brookdale Institute, a rehab center for the rich, famous, and those found overdosed in nightclub bathrooms. Or something like that, because why else would a former movie star (more on him later) wind up in a place that looks like it should have been condemned yesterday? In any case, as we open, a young woman named Samantha (The Forsaken's Sara Downing), who did, in fact, overdose in a nightclub bathroom, is brought in by the cops and introduced to the staff. There's Matilda (Ray's Denise Dowse), the no-nonsense matron of the bunch. There's Lenny (Michael Clayton's Sean Cullen), the intern/muscleman. Ernst (Naked Lunch's Michael Zelniker), a former patient turned janitor. And then there's the guy who runs the whole shindig, Dr. Winslow (Ron Perlman). They all seem above-board and really interested in helping the clients, but the clients? They're kind of nuts. Samantha is shown to her room and sedated. Sometime during the night she wakes up and blearily finds the mute Cypress (Eyes of Crystal's Desislava Tenekedjieva) sitting by her bed, curled around a music box, whispering "they're watching you". Okay, that's bad enough, but when she wakes up the next morning, she meets Rose (Eileen Grubba, who recently turned up on Sons of Anarchy), her foulmouthed, obnoxious roommate. Can things get any worse? Yeah, of course they can, but former movie star Johnny Falls (Saving Grace's Bailey Chase), at least, seems like he's going to be the one solid friend she has. Then the patients start going missing, and Samantha has a secret of her own...

...but Tibor Takacs has no secrets. Especially secrets about CGI. The CGI here is so obvious and amateurish that you wonder why they didn't just build a big rubber rat and wave it around on a stick; it would have looked a lot more realistic. Add to that a script that somehow took four otherwise variably-talented people to write (original story by Boaz Davidson, whose original stories fueled Mansquito and the eighties dance flick Salsa, among others; Davidson's sometime partner Jace Anderson, who teamed up with him for a few halfway decent flicks like Toolbox Murders and Morutary; Adam Gierasch, who also worked on the aforementioned two movies; this trio, by the way, were also responsible for the horror that was Mother of Tears; and the usually-uncredited Brian Irving, usually a producer, but was also the writer for the English adaptation of Vampire Hunter D) and still managed to be predictable, cliché-ridden, and all-around silly, set decoration that kinda worked on the creep factor but made very little sense with the story, and me wondering for an hour and a half what in the flying hell Ron Perlman was doing in this flick. Upon reflection, one can say the same for Michael Zelniker, whose career started out with small roles in very prestigious movies (Bird especially stands out in his early resume, as The City of Lost Children does in Perlman's). In any case, I guess a few folks had to make rent...

It's a terrible, terrible movie, and you don't want to go anywhere near it unless you play drinking games having to do with CGI rats. *