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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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rat | violence | blood | death | murder | See All (40) »

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Ben will do anything for Willard...ANYTHING. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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30 July 1971 (USA)  »

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$19,216,000 (USA)
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The surprise box office success of this film would inspire a slew of animal-themed horror films in the early 1970s. See more »

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Willard Stiles: Tear him up!
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Followed by Ben (1972) See more »

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RATMAN'S NOTEBOOKS
30 March 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Made the mistake of reading the book before seeing the movie; the movie, as a consequence, couldn't possibly live up to my expectations. Nor did it. But that's not a put-down. While there were some things that irked me (the mother rat's humble "thanks" at one point, the rubber rats all too much in evidence at the birthday party, etc.), Bruce Davidson and Ernest Borgnine deliver solid performances that help keep one focused on the twisted relationships that are the core of this film. (Elsa Lanchester as Willard's mewling mother also deserves mention.) I don't know how this one would hold up today, but, back in 1971, it was a must-see.


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