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Rats - Notte di Terrore

Rats: Night Terror
Blood Kill / The Riffs III - Die Ratten von New York

Italy 1984
produced by
Beatrice Film, Imp.Ex.Ci.
directed by Bruno Mattei (as Vincent Dawn)
starring Ottaviano Dell'Aqua (as Richard Raymond), Geretta Geretty (as Janna Ryann), Massimo Vanni (as Alex McBride), Richard Cross, Ann-Gisel Glass, Jean-Christophe Brétigniere (as Christoph Bretner), Fausto Lombardi (as Tony Lombardo), Henry Luciani, Cindy Leadbetter, Christian Fremont, Moune Duvivier
story by Bruno Mattei, screenplay by Claudio Fragasso, Hervé Piccini, music by Luigi Ceccarelli

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Post doomsday: Humankind has been pretty much wiped out, safe for a biker gang led by King (Ottaviano Dell'Aqua) that's roaming the countryside in search of a certain survival drug - and eventually the gang hits Manhattan and enters a bar with a science lab and a greenhouse in the basement (!), and they figure they must be on the right track. For some reason they don't care in the least that the place is all rat-infested, and soon enough they put up camp in the place ... however, before long three of them are killed by the ratsand horribly so, and the rats have also laid waste to the greenhouse and eaten up the gang's bikes' tyres.

Our bikers soon have to realize they are on the defensive, and the rats attack ever fiercer, killing more of them and horribly mutilating Diane (Cindy Leadbetter), King's girlfriend, but that's not all, there's also Duke, who questions King's authority and eventually wants to make off with Myrna (Ann-Gisel Glass) in the gang's tank - which only ends in a big explosion. Then Diane commits suicide because she thinks the rats need a human sacrifice (why she thinks that I'm not exactly sure.

Ultimately the rest of the gang fight it out with the rats, a fight that only two of them survive, Video (Richard Cross) and Chocolat (Geretta Geretta) when just in time a group of exterminators in protective suits arrive and gas all the rats. But when the leader of the exterminators takes off his mask, it turns out he's a rat as well, a human-sized one ...


Need I even mention this is trash science fiction ?

Probably not, but now I did it anyway. Made quite obviously on the cheap, this one's actually pretty bad: The actors and actresses try to redefine the word wooden, the dialogue is either blatant, clumsy or silly, depends which way you look at it, the rats for the most part don't look in the least bit scary (and that's me saying it who has a mortal fear of rats)and the ending with the rat-man is nothing short of ridiculous. The films only raison d'être though seem to be its many gore effects and ghastly makeup jobs (intentionally ghastly, I feel obliged to add since this film was made in the 1980's) anyways, and director Bruno Mattei seems to be the perfect choice for making a film like this: He never let narrative requirements stand in the way of another gruesome effect, he never showed much mercy to his characters and never hesitated to kill off the most likeable characers for the sake of sensationalism (not that his characters are necesarily particularly likeable, but I think you know what I mean).

The outcome is, as noted above, pure trash science fiction (I said it again), but not of the good kind. Still, might be fun to watch with a few beers and a few mates, just to have a laugh.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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