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Willard (2003)



Critic Consensus: In this creepy story of a man and his rodents, Glover seems born to play the oddball title character.

Movie Info

Willard is a social misfit who is made fun of by his co-workers. When he is squeezed out of the company started by his deceased father, his only friends become a couple of rats he's been raising at home. However, when one of the rats is killed at work, Willard goes on a rampage--exacting revenge by using his rats to attack those who have been tormenting him. Led by the unusually intelligent, and deadly rat, Ben, an army of rats descends upon the office, committing a series of grisly murders.more
Rating: PG-13 (for terror/violence, some sexual content and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Glen Morgan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 7, 2003
Box Office: $6.8M
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R. Lee Ermey
as Mr. Martin
Jackie Burroughs
as Henriette Stiles
Kimberly Patton
as Ms. Leach
Edward Horn
as Colquitt
Kristen Cloke
as Dr. Bludworth
Gus Lynch
as George Foxx
Laara Sadiq
as Janice Mantis
David Parker
as Detective Boxer
Ty Olsson
as Officer Salmon
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Critic Reviews for Willard

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (36)

The vengeance-driven plot creeps along at a snail's pace, and all the teeth-gnashing and cheek-quivering in the world-courtesy of Glover's demented Willard Stiles-cannot save the day.

Full Review… | February 9, 2014
Georgia Straight

Terrifying and violent horror movie. Rats -- EWW.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

No one can do the funny/scary/crazy/creepy high-decibel wig-out/breakdown scene nearly as well as Glover can.

Full Review… | January 5, 2010

Never scares, never pulls off enough tension, and the rats are bland.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

The rats multiply at a rate that suggests Willard's basement is the city's red light district.

Full Review… | September 20, 2007
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

This Willard remix is a gothic, creaking, brilliantly macabre and unexpectedly intimate movie.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

Audience Reviews for Willard

The remake of the 1971 film Willard starring Crispin Glover in the titular role as a social misfit who only has rats for friends is one of those remakes that is actually quite entertaining. While nowadays remakes tend to disappoint, this is an enjoyable film that is can successfully creep you out, because let's face it, rats are just gross. Crispin Glover is quite good here, and I've always enjoyed seeing him in films. He is a talented actor that be humorous and yet creepy, such is the case with Willard. Fans of the original film might like this, and it is a well crafted film that shows us that not all remakes are bad. The film is creepy and at times pretty funny, border lining on cheesy, but Crispin Glover keeps you involved and he is able to convey ridiculousness and seriousness into one performance that keeps you entertained from start to finish. Willard is a good film that keeps elements of the original intact, while freshening up the formula to create something new at the same time. You are most likely to enjoy this film if you loved the original, and though it was a good film, the original left room for improvement and this remake touches on those elements. Remakes tend to be hit and miss, but I really liked this film, it had the right amount of creepy material mixed with dark humor to make it quite a worthy update on a classic horror film. Crispin Glover is great here and he delivers in his performance as the reclusive title character. This is a prime example of a well crafted remake that is fun and entertaining from start to finish due to its cast, direction and well executed story. Although it may be silly at times, there is a certain chill factor within the film that you simply can't ignore.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

three stars

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

Probably only works as a horror if you're scared of rats. I don't find them particularly menacing, even as a squirming, darkly-lit, devouring mass. Willard's a clever film, though, and it's buoyed by a reliably demented performance by Crispin Glover. Fevered, desperate and lonely, it's like he wears his neuroses on his face and no one has the capacity to see them. When things fall apart, it's especially rewarding for the viewer to have been aware of this precariously unbalanced man all along; the events of the end are a surprise to everyone but us.

This dissolution, again, isn't particularly frightening. With Glover and R. Lee Ermey's performances, as well as some absolutely bonkers set pieces (the cat), the ridiculousness of the film is turned up to a dull hum, and its flourishes of black comedy feel like the parts it's most comfortable with. One could probably chalk this vague disappointment up to mismarketing, in the vein of Bug, but I felt as I watched Willard that it was legitimately trying for horror. It can be squicky and uncomfortable at times, but horrific? Barely.

Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

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