The Rats (1997)

The Rats


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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (For Some Creature Violence and Brief Nudity)
Genre: Drama, Television, Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Antonio Giménez Rico, Miguel Delibes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 15, 2002



as Jack Carver

as Susan Costello

as Susan's Boss

as Karl

as Janitor

as Subway Passenger

as Tech Guy

as Bitchy Woman

as Nervous Rider

as Subway Conductor

as Lifeguard
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Critic Reviews for The Rats

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

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.

Dr Blood  

Super Reviewer

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