Contaminated grain breeds overgrown, killer rats in this Golden Harvest production. Dachshunds were dressed up as rats for the special effects.

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Paul Harris
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Kelly Leonard
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George Foskins
Cec Linder ...
Dr. Louis Spenser
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Trudy White
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Martha
James B. Douglas ...
Mel Dederick
Lee-Max Walton ...
Tim Harris
Joseph Kelly ...
Matt
Kevin Foxx ...
Hoserman
Jon Wise ...
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Wendy Bushell ...
Liz
Charles Jolliffe ...
Henry Younger
Dora Dainton ...
Mrs. Trumbull
Michael Fawkes ...
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Corn grain contaminated with steroids produces large rats the size of small dogs who begin feeding on the residents of Toronto. Paul, a college basketball coach, teams up with Kelly, a local health inspector, to uncover the source of the mysterious rat attacks and they eventually try to prevent the opening of a new subway line as well as find the mutant rats nest quickly, or there will be a huge massacre of the entire city! Written by Matt Patay

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Tonight they will rise from the darkness beneath the city... to feed!

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1 April 1983 (USA)  »

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Die Rückkehr der Killerratten  »

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CAD 1,500,000 (estimated)
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James Herbert, who wrote the novel upon which the film was based, was displeased with what the filmmakers did to his novel. See more »

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When a man locks himself in the train car to get away from the rats, there is a faint dog barking sound. Dachshunds were used to play the rats and dressed in rat suits. See more »

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Dogs in rat suits terrorize the city
22 April 1999 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

Giant rat movie based on excellent book "The Rats", this is a definite addition to the So-Bad-It's-Almost-Good hall of fame. You think you have seen it all until you see the little dogs in rat costumes running everywhere, munching on fleeing, screaming humans. Lisa Langlois plays the standard doomed "bad girl" role well, you just know her days are numbered. Fun no brainer flick, don't expect too much.


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