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Of Unknown Origin
Of Unknown Origin
Actors: Peter Weller, Jennifer Dale, Lawrence Dane, Kenneth Welsh, Louis Del Grande
Director: George P. Cosmatos
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2003     1hr 28min

An advertising executive battles a giant, intelligent rat that has invaded his townhouse.


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Actors: Peter Weller, Jennifer Dale, Lawrence Dane, Kenneth Welsh, Louis Del Grande
Director: George P. Cosmatos
Creators: René Verzier, Roberto Silvi, Claude Héroux, Pierre David, Brian Taggert, Chauncey G. Parker III
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/05/2003
Original Release Date: 11/24/1983
Theatrical Release Date: 11/24/1983
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

John H. (johnniemidnite) from LYNNWOOD, WA
Reviewed on 12/23/2010...
Peter Weller in his first starring role. Man vs rat in his newly restored Victorian house in New York City. Having a rat in your house is bad news enough, but a vicious vindictive rat is a total nightmare. A blend of comedy and horror. For horror fans, this delivers. A freak-out if you fear rodents. Has entertaining and informative commentary with the director and Weller. ***1/2 / *****
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Movie Reviews

Quirky Vintage Weller
Liz | PA, United States | 05/08/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"An urban "Moby Dick"! Suspenseful yet humorous with some purposely overblown rat scenes. (ONE rat, not "hordes.") The film is not a scary rat flick, (though it has some fright moments)--it's a psychological thriller about a man being drawn into obsession."
Excellent movie!
Z. Snygg | 07/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a smart, classy little movie that is far better than you'd expect. The acting and script are top-notch for a horror film. It delivers some terrific shocks and suspense (and humour), as well as some very elegant photography that gives the film an almost European flavor."
The old Man and the...
Joshua Koppel | Chicago, IL United States | 06/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Peter Weller is a man on his way up fast in the business world. He has personally renovated a NY brownstone and is up for an important position at work. But then two things happen. First his wife and son go off to Vermont to visit her family. Second, a very large rat moves in. What follows is a sort of modern-day retelling of THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA (complete with clips from the movie).

As Peter becomes aware of the rat and begins to try and deal with it, he slowly becomes obsessed with freeing his home of the unwanted invader. Obsession grows and Weller sinks deeper and deeper. Work begins to suffer and his secretary and boss begin to worry about him. But whatever the hardship, Weller, like the Old Man, will not let up for a moment. I found the ending of the movie to be quite satisfying with the final lines very neatly tying the whole tale up neatly.

Some may think of this as horror, some suspense, and some tragedy. There are definitely elements of all three involved but any such label would bee to simple for what this movie really is. This is not a very well-known film but it deserves more exposure."