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Of Unknown Origin (1983)

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Release Date: Nov 23, 1983 Wide

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When a banking executive tries to outsmart an enormous and seriously pesky rat, it is a case of a battle of wits between two unarmed opponents in this tedious rodent horror treatise on the multiple dangers of rats. Bert Hughes (Peter Weller) is home alone in his Manhattan apartment, trying to work out a major change in his trust company when a noisy rat starts scratching around his periphery, and he becomes obsessed with exterminating it. By the time Hughes is through, his whole apartment is

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Art House & International, Horror

Aug 5, 2003

Warner Home Video

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It's ultimately clear that Of Unknown Origin might've worked as a half hour short yet is simply unable to sustain an 88 minute running time...

July 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Pretty typical tale of how rats will occasionally go nuts and start devouring humans. Peter Weller brings some gravity to the ratty affair.

April 3, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

An intelligent overlooked horror film about writer's block.

January 14, 2005
KFOR Channel 4 News

Audience Reviews for Of Unknown Origin

It's Peter Weller vs a Rat in what's basically an urban Moby Dick.
July 6, 2011
kenstachnik

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It's "Moby Dick" but with a rat instead of a whale. It is also not scary at all. I'm not saying that you won't enjoy it but it isn't a horror film. I could leniently say it is a "horror spoof" but that would be to do the genre and this film a disservice. Peter Weller does a great job as he gets more and more obsessed but some bits are too silly.
July 3, 2007
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