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Willard (1971)

GP | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 30 July 1971 (USA)
A social misfit uses his only friends, his pet rats, to exact revenge on his tormentors.

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A social misfit, Willard is made fun of by his co-workers, and squeezed out of the company started by his deceased father by his boss. His only friends are a couple of rats he raised at home, Ben and Socrates. (And their increasing number of friends) However, when one of them is killed at work, he goes on a rampage using his rats to attack those who have been tormenting him. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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This is Willard and his friend Ben. Ben will do anything for Willard. See more »

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Ratman's Notebooks  »

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$19,216,000 (USA)
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This went into production under the title " The Ratman's Notebook ". See more »

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[last lines]
Willard Stiles: [screaming, just before he is attacked and overrun by the rats] I was good to you, Ben!
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Referenced in Dark Side of Eden: The Making of 'Stanley' (2008) See more »

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A kind of...Psycho meets Frankenstein....with rats!
18 February 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews



I saw this film when I was eight years old. My older brothers wanted to see this film so bad and my parents said, "take your little sister". With protest, they took their little sister and this is a neat horror film I remember.

I haven't seen it in decades but when I heard they were "re-making it" I thought I'd write about this one first. My brothers had a bet that when I got older, I'D be the one re-making this film, I couldn't stop talking through it about how I'd change this..and..or...that.

I liked this film. I remembered a very young Bruce Davidson playing Willard who had no real friends, very introverted, just a few rats, and a crappy job. Ernest Borgnine was his fat sloppy boss and a crappy fat sloppy boss he was with a tramp-floosy of a secretary that got everything whereas poor Willard got pushed around and ridiculed.

But when Borgnine wanted Willard's house, Willard struck back with his rats. Rats he trained and were smart as a whip. Especially the rat "Ben". My favorite line for the rest of my life? "Tear him up!!!"

It was a great story and it reminded me of a "Psycho" meets "Frankenstein", the monster created being the TWO rats. A good story, lotsa, lotsa rats (before CGI). I can remember Bruce Davisdon speaking about it on a show once in the 70's since the film became surpisingly popular for that time, he said they were REAL rats and the "rat wranglers" had to smear peanut butter wherever they wanted the rats to chew!

A ground breaker for its time, a must see before you see the new one if for nothing, nostalgia's sake of the 70's.

Good entertainment. Rent it today.


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