Syracuse N.Y. actress Mary Snell, had a female rat as a pet the looked so much like the title character in this movie, that Mary named her Ben. See more »
When Beth and Eve discuss their concern about David, the daughter turns her head towards her mom twice. See more »
You'll get well, Ben, and I'll get well. We'll get well, Ben
[places Ben on a handkerchief]
We'll get well, Ben. No one's gonna hurt one of my friends. No, sir.
[gets out first aid kit, grabs a cotton swab and gently rubs it against Ben's wound]
You're the only friend I have. I love you, Ben.
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Michael Jackson's title theme is a moving ode and that it applies to a deadly pet rat makes for an odd, if memorable association in this sequel to the hugely successful "Willard" the year before. Youth Lee H.Montgomery is the new "Willard", essentially imprisoned in his parent's home by a rare medical condition, finding a quirky friendship in a stray rat (Ben) who is capable of marshaling the local rat population into war against mankind.
Joseph Campanella is the no-nonsense police detective, while Meredith Baxter (pre David Birney) plays Lee's older sister. There are a number of familiar faces in the supporting cast (e.g. Paul Carr, Kaz Garas, Ken Tobey etc) and the film's rousing conclusion in the city's sewers with the main antagonist cornered, is a tense climax.
The hyperbole written about this film relegating it to turkey status is unwarranted; while not as textured as its predecessor, it's much like the AIP genre films of the early-to-mid seventies in atmosphere and personnel and should entertain accordingly.
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