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The Rats (1997)

The Rats




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Initially titled The Colony, this made-for-TV thriller offers the nightmarish scenario of thousands upon thousands of verminous rats swarming over a posh Manhattan department store. Inevitably, the dirty rodents threaten the entire city, and it is up to such hardy souls as hero Jack (Vincent Spano) and heroine Susan (Madchen Amick) to prevent this catastrophe. As The Rats, the film was originally slated for broadcast on September 17, 2001. For reasons that should be obvious, the Fox Network felt it would be more diplomatic to shelve the film for a while--for 367 days, to be exact, so it would not appear to be a tasteless exploitation of the first "9.11" anniversary.more
Rating: R (For Some Creature Violence and Brief Nudity)
Genre: Drama, Television, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Frank Deasy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 15, 2002
Fox Television Studios


Vincent Spano
as Jack Carver
Mädchen Amick
as Susan Costello
Sheila McCarthy
as Susan's Boss
Aron Tager
as Janitor
Jason Sharman
as Subway Passenger
Balazs Koos
as Tech Guy
Jackie Laidlow
as Bitchy Woman
Domenic Cuzzocrea
as Nervous Rider
Cabral Richards
as Subway Conductor
Bryan Thomas
as Lifeguard
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All Critics (6)

Rodents with no bite.

Full Review… | January 4, 2005

What you might expect from a second-rate creature thriller.

Full Review… | March 16, 2003
Apollo Guide

the picture isn't so much about even something so banal as eco-paranoia, but about itself and the genre that it simultaneously lampoons and aspires to.

Full Review… | October 24, 2002
Film Freak Central order to buy this movie, you'd have to abandon sanity altogether.

Full Review… | October 9, 2002

August 1, 2005

Full Review… | December 10, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Rats


The Rats is a well made TV B-Movie. It picks some excellent talent to drive this along and leading the way is Madchen Amick. She suits her character so well, you almost believe this is how the actress would live her life. Chase manages to pull off the daughter role without being annoying. I was never cheering on the rats and there were a few scenes that made me shudder. Like Willard, this will have me checking my toilet for a while. It also attempts a bit of a mystery as to why the rats are flocking and commentates on the deceptive nature of politics. I'd still rather watch the remake of Willard, but if this came on TV I doubt I'd change the channel.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer


this movie was amazing, it was balistic. if you have not watched this movie, human you have got to watch it. its excting.
this movie is the boom, i have never seen so many rats in my life.

Watch this movie! It has more rats than you are gonna believe possible. Intense! Nightmares are the source of movies like this, and they cause even more nightmares.


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