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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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."
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."
The all time king of rat movies?
Joshua Koppel | 09/05/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this on video back in the 80's, mostly because Peter Weller was in it, and he was (and still is) one of my favorite actors. He plays an NYC businessman who becomes obsessed with a really big and mean rat that's invaded the dreamhouse/brownstone he's personally restored. The filmmakers definitely had aspirations beyond just making a rat movie (at one point, Weller pounds on the ceiling with a copy of "Moby Dick"), but just as a rat movie, it succeeds beautifully: Increasingly scary and gory rat action, something the new version of "Willard" pretty much forgot to include. There's also a rat expert onhand, without which no good rat movie can do without - really two, if you count Weller's character, who starts spewing rat facts at inappropriate times at the movie goes on. (One of the great bits of dialogue goes something like this: "You're thinking of [the rat] maybe 10% of the time...but he's thinking of you 100% of the time..." Because he's a RAT, and rats is rats.) What really puts the movie over, aside from some pretty effective direction, is Weller's great performance as the businessman, who slowly starts to lose his grip the more he becomes obsessed with evicting the rat from his home. I'd rank it as one of the best performances in a horror film, up there with Jeff Goldblum in "The Fly." So, if you're into rat movies, it'd be hard to top this one for your viewing pleasure."