One Incomparable Night Of Hairy Horror From The Director Of HELL OF THE LIVING DEADIn the year 225 A.B. (After the Bomb), a group of post-apocalyptic bikers discover an abandoned research laboratory filled with food, water... more »... and 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, EMANUELLE IN PRISON and SS EXPERIMENT LOVE CAMP), this hilarious 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 presented completely uncut and uncensored.« less
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL Reviewed on 4/26/2011...
Fun & Goofy
Do not watch this film expecting a serious horror film. It's an inept mess from the director of Hell of the Living Dead. A group of survivors travel the wasteland that is the world in search of supplies. They discover a cache of supplies in a large complex and make some very stupid decisions. This film is very very funny. The fact the material is treated seriously only adds to the fun.
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This one takes the cake!
xface | west texas | 12/18/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"You've seen where other movies have been reviewed with the reviewer saying that 'this or that' movie is the worst they've ever seen? ...uhh..hehe...well this one is Head and Shoulders below the rest! Be prepared to sit and marvel at the incredibly insane plot!...watch and be annoyed at the incredibly unreal effects! yes, you guessed it, this movie is worth watching ONLY to see how NOT to make a movie! I promise that if you can sit through this movie and NOT say that it is truly the END ALL worst horror movie ever made -- I'll eat my monitor."
Gore? No. Comedy? Yes.
TastyBabySyndrome | "Daddy Dagon's Daycare" - Proud Sponsor of the Lit | 05/17/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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. I had expected to find a really low-budget "horror" movie with painted gerbils posing as flesh-eating monstrosities, and I expected the acting quality that accompanied that prototypical setup. Well, in that regard I wasn't disappointed. I was somewhat annoyed at first by the lack of "gore" the editorial initially spoke of, but something else came out of the moving, a strange thing that I wasn't aware of the movie containing. The part I was surprised by was the hilarious nature this movie, obviously not intended to be something frightening, was crafted in, laughing at itself over and over again. Honestly, when watching it, I wondered if I had read about the same show I was witnessing.
The basic concept of the movie is this. A group of bikers existing in a post-apocalyptic world take shelter in a town and discover food, supplies, water, and rats everywhere. These rats, mutated by radiation and bent on human consumption, are more than happy to share room with something so..tasty.
Basically, buy this movie if you like B movies and something to laugh at. Don't purchase it if you are looking for something life altering, because mutant rats normally don't fit this criteria very well."
RATS: Movie of Terror!!!
Sean | Lakeland, Fl. | 04/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Oh man, how long I have been looking for this one movie for so damn long. I remember seeing this WAYYYYY back whenever there would be those old Creature Features on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 and you were a kid in a candy store. I had nothing to do but watch horror movies all afternoon long and just eat junk-food. I missed that show. The thing was that I had remembered a few scenes and I knew it was about rats but I just couldn't find the movie. Now by the power of God (Satan? Must be to re-release THIS movie) Anchor Bay re-released this in the Uncut version. This movie is just funny as hell. The movie soundtrack by Goblin is another addition to you who love Eurohorror, the special effects are low and cheesy, and the rats themselves are actually pet mice painted black!!! PURE GENIUS!!! I love the whole post-apocalyptic mood in this movie, and the avant-garde atmosphere is great. This movie is not that gory, maybe 1 or 2 scenes, but very tame. This is NOT a Horror movie, this is Comedy people. Pure Comedy!!!"
Crap: Night of Stupid.
Robert P. Beveridge | Cleveland, OH | 06/23/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Rats: Notte di Terrore (Bruno Mattei, 1984)
I have seen a handful of Bruno Mattei joints over the years, and every time I do I resolve I will never watch another one. But there's something about the car-wreck awfulness of Mattei that makes me think that, okay, maybe this one will be just that much better than Zombies: The Beginning or Violence in a Women's Prison or Hell of the Living Dead. And every time I am wrong, wrong, wrong. My most recent descent into the world of Bruno Mattei is Rats: Night of Terror, a god-awful sci-fi flick that basically takes a single scene in Escape from New York and expands it into an hour-and-a-half flick with a cheesy twist ending you'll never see coming. (Please adjust your sarcasm filters if you didn't catch that.)
Plot: in a post-nuclear-holocaust world, most of the surviving humans moved underground in order to escape the radiation. Bands of savages remained on the surface, fighting each other and the inevitable wildlife. In this case, it should be no surprise that the particular band of savages we're following (who are tired of their savage existence and discussing descending into the underground to see if they can hang with the civilized folk) seem to have gotten on the bad side of a very large swarm of rats, who harry them into an abandoned building, etc. Meanwhile, the group starts fracturing along the predictable lines while every once in a while one or two get picked off by hungry rats. (Here's a hint: when two of them go off to have sex...)
So, yeah, this is your typical Bruno Mattei movie. The acting is horrid, and the dubbing even more so. (Usually I would have held out for subtitles, but come on, it's Bruno Mattei. That's like buying a 60-inch HD plasma TV so you can watch Adam Sandler movies on it.) Some of the completely gratuitous special effects aren't all that bad (which will come as a huge surprise to Mattei veterans), which at least keeps them film watchable when they're onscreen, and the dialogue is chock full of the usual unintentional hilarity, so it's not a complete waste of time. But if you're looking for great cheese along the lines of Kingdom of the Spiders or Shriek of the Mutilated, you'd do well to stay far, far away from any picture where Bruno Mattei had a had in its creation. * "
Night of the Living Rats
Monty Moonlight | TX | 12/11/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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."