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The Rats

The Rats (1997)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1997 Wide

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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

Oct 15, 2002

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Rodents with no bite.

January 4, 2005 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
StaciWilson.com

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

March 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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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.

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

October 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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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.
August 25, 2009
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Not overly scary but very well done. It would have been even better if, instead of Frank Deasy's excellent script, they'd used James Herbert's book of the same name as the storyline.
June 24, 2007
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