- Format: NTSC
- Number of discs: 1
- Release Date: Sept. 30 2003
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00007H01G
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,245 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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The rats have taken over the lab in this tale of rodent terror that's sure to give even the most stringent animal lover nightmares. The Brookside Institute has long been known as the place the wealthy go to dry out and get it together, but deep within the walls of the pricey rehab center lurks a dark secret. Years ago, the scientists who worked in the institution conducted a series of gruesome experiments on countless lab rats, and though the scientists are long gone, the genetically mutated rats have multiplied, turning the pricey institute into their own personal breeding ground. With the patients in lockdown and the rats gaining an insatiable appetite for human flesh, it appears as if rehabilitation is about to take a back seat to survival for the patients of Brookside.
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Sewer workers find a blocked-off doorway. One leaves to find a new way around while the other breaks open the seal. He pokes his head in the wall and is promptly yanked in. The other worker returns. She gets a look at something in the hole and runs. She gets caught.
We then see a troubled blond woman, Samantha, get delivered to a private sanitarium. There she is forced to fit in. We meet some of the other characters, including the ruthless head doctor, and discover that the rats are free in the building.
All is not quite as it seems. Samantha is actually an undercover reporter trying to report of possibly deteriorating conditions after privatization. People start disappearing and Samantha may have seen something but she was medicated at the time.
The movie gets pretty intense as the rats get bolder and we learn more about their relationship with some of the facility's staff. There is one scene of a disturbed girl who had seen her lover killed by the rats. She knows they are after her and that she has no way of escaping the padded room where she is on suicide watch. As the rats arrive, she manages to bite a wrist sufficiently to commit suicide.
The movie's effect vary somewhat throughout the film. One scene shows rats scurrying toward a door and they look like toys being pulled on strings. the big main rat sometimes looks very real and at other times it looks two-dimensional. But one thing is constant, the rats have glowing red eyes that emit malevolence in every scene.
I will not spoil the twists and surprises but I was somewhat confused during some of the action scenes as to what was basement and what was sewer. I was not sure why the characters could not find a way out. But it's a good film with plenty of atmosphere and some good solid framework.
A girl is an undercover reporter that moves into a mental ward trying to see if they hurt the mentally ill people, little does she know that the head Psychiatrist and some....dude? Are performing horrible atrocities on rats.
The guy, which I think is the janitor becomes mentally bonded with the big momma rat, saying she "feeds off his thoughts" ... Well anyway the rats become physcho, yes physco they got red eyes and love blood. When your watching the film you wonder if the producers just went over the film with a red highlighter or something, dotting the eyes of the rats. But watch out kiddies, there is a big huge alpha rat thing, which when he comes on screen looks like a cgi smear as it jumps and attacks ... and old women. This whole movie seems aimless, you dont know if they are trying to appeal to 80's horror movie fans with the minimal blood and gore they show or PETA members when they preach about animal cruelty, which is the main motive for why the rats went nuts. Oh yes and another one liner "Time...for a little 1on1 therapy!", ...
The highlight of this film would have to be the crazy girl chewing her arm off for no reason other than she is nuts. Even though the idea of killer rats is far from cliche, Lets be for real here; I mean honestly, who is scared of someone mutating rats into physco rats? Not me, thus takeing away a scary movies lasting appeal giving it nothing to generate fear off of. The climax is as entertaining and anti-clamtic as Archie Bunker takeing a big joe.
But dont fret because a whole lot of monster rats came out a of trash can at the end, leaveing this horrible movie open for what sees to be a even worse sequel.
A sterling example that rat horror movies can't be any good.
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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.