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The Rats (2002)

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A clan of evil rats overtakes a Manhattan department store and threatens to overrun the city.

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John Lafia

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Frank Deasy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mädchen Amick ... Susan Costello
Vincent Spano ... Jack Carver
Shawn Michael Howard ... Ty
Daveigh Chase ... Amy Costello
David Fonteno ... Ray Jarrett (as David Wolos-Fonteno)
Sheila McCarthy ... Miss Paige
Elisa Moolecherry ... Nyla
Joe Pingue ... Karl
Kathryn Winslow ... Queen
Aron Tager ... Janitor
Yanna McIntosh Yanna McIntosh ... Doctor
Jennifer Coristine Jennifer Coristine ... Nurse
Kim Poirier ... Jay
Balázs Koós Balázs Koós ... Tech Guy (as Balazs Koos)
Jackie Laidlaw ... Bitchy Woman (as Jackie Laidlow)
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Storyline

In Manhattan, when a client is bitten by a rat in the dressing room of the Garsons Department Store and contracts Weil's disease, the manager Susan Costello is assigned to hire and give all the necessary support to the best exterminator in New York, Jack Carver. The efficient Jack and his assistant Ty find a colony of mutant rats and try to convince the health department administrator and former partner of Jack, Ray Jarrett, how serious the infestation is. But the politician Ray is interested in covering the problem to protect economical interests of powerful groups. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The City's Rat Race Just Got Deadly. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some creature violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Colony See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally going to air on September 11, 2001, but release was pushed back after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. See more »

Goofs

The characters in the movie pronounce "Weil" (as in Weil's Disease) to rhyme with "wheel". The doctor after whom the disease was named, Adolph Weil (1848 -1916), was German; his name should be pronounced to rhyme with "while" (and if you're a stickler for accuracy, the "w" should be pronounced like an English "v"). See more »

Quotes

Susan Costello: Hi, I'm Susan Costello. Oh! Are you alright?
Jay: Yeah, I think so.
Susan Costello: How'd you cut it?
Jay: I don't know, I just reached down to get my clothes.
Susan Costello: Can you show me where?
Jay: [They walk to the changing room] It was right over there.
Susan Costello: Okay.
[She searches through Jay's clothes then gasps]
Susan Costello: It was a carpet tack.
Jay: But how can that just cut...
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Alternate Versions

A DVD edition with the title Killer Rats was released in Sweden in 2007. According to the DVD case, the feature running time was 97 minutes. It had a very average looking transfer though. See more »

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Features The Fly (1958) See more »

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Less of a Nuisance, More of a Delight
11 October 2007 | by jamhornerSee all my reviews

I'll be truthful, when I first picked up this movie in the library, I though I would cry myself to sleep because of how horrible it might be, but I digress, it was pretty good. There were some scares; some scenes were you just cringe because its rats but I liked it. It boils down to New York run amok by rats, but these are no ordinary rats, they are, in fact, parasitic disease-spreading rodents that broke out of an abandoned genetics lab.

The movie had some pretty sly humor and the characters were very well played out. The whole concept of rats invading a luxury department store and finding mounds of rat crap all over the place, using a dark light, was the funnies thing I have ever seen in a rodent movie. Some interesting scenes involving massive hordes and tunnels of rats got me pretty uncomfortable, some, like the pool scene, were suggestive considering massive blood loss of kids.

The movie had some pretty snappy comebacks and a humorous relationship between the sophisticated luxury department store owner and the suave discrete exterminator. Their relationship, at points, is hard to look at because of campy level it's on but nonetheless a very good relationship. I liked how the Health Department is trying everything to cover everything up and…..its just a funny, scary movie.

Of course, there is a limit of how much corniness and silliness a movie can have. But despite that factor, this isn't that bad of a movie, the rats are more of a vermin that his movie and I think that any horror fan should at least try this movie. I like it, not loved it, but like it, and I hope other will.


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