A lonely boy befriends Ben, the leader of a violent pack of killer rats.

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A lonely boy befriends Ben, the leader of a violent pack of killer rats. Written by Homme A. Piest <piest@pobox.leidenuniv.nl>

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Where 'WILLARD' ended... Ben begins. And this time, he's not alone!

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Horror | Thriller

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Ben, la rata asesina  »

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Donnie Osmond tells that the theme song was offered to him, but his schedule prevented his recording it and the song was given to Michael Jackson. See more »

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When Beth and Eve discuss their concern about David, the daughter turns her head towards her mom twice. See more »

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Danny: [singing] Start the day, you've been asleep too long. Start the day and sing a happy song. Smile, smile at everyone you meet and dance your way down each street. Oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oom pa pa./Oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oompa oom oom oom oom pa. Start the day, it's time to rise and shine. Off we go, the world is looking fine. Get dressed up, put on your Sunday best. Tomorrow you all can rest.
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Follows Willard (1971) See more »

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Start the Day
Lyrics by Don Black
Music by Walter Scharf
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10 Out of 10 If You Love Rats
27 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is a shame that this film has not been re-released on DVD. The VHS costs hundreds of dollars, presumably because of the Michael Jackson theme song. And yes, the theme song is wonderful. But not as wonderful as the love story between a rat, Ben and a human boy, Danny.

This was released decades ago as a horror film, but the only thing horrifying about it is the way that the humans lose their humanity when confronted by rodents who are just trying to survive.

If you love rats, you will be delighted by all the scenes of rats doing what they like to do best---eating, grooming and cuddling. If you have a rat phobia, I would stay away from this one.


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