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Claudio Fragasso (screenplay)
Bruno Mattei (story)
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Release Date:
3 August 1984 (West Germany) See more »
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Mutants of a nuclear disaster
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua ... Kurt (as Richard Raymond)

Geretta Geretta ... Chocolate (as Janna Ryann)
Massimo Vanni ... Taurus (as Alex McBride)
Gianni Franco ... Video (as Richard Cross)
Ann-Gisel Glass ... Myrna
Jean-Christophe Brétigniere ... Lucifer (as Cristoph Bretner)

Fausto Lombardi ... Deus (as Tony Lombardo)
Henry Luciani ... Duke
Cindy Leadbetter ... Diana
Christian Fremont ... Noah (as Chris Fremont)
Moune Duvivier ... Lilith
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Gayford ... Narrator (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Steven Luotto ... Lucifer (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Ted Rusoff ... Kurt (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Robert Sommer ... Duke (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Bruno Mattei  (as Vincent Dawn)
Claudio Fragasso (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claudio Fragasso  screenplay
Bruno Mattei  story
Hervé Piccini  screenplay

Produced by
Jacques Leitienne .... producer
 
Original Music by
Luigi Ceccarelli 
 
Cinematography by
Franco Delli Colli 
Henry Frogers 
 
Film Editing by
Gilbert Kikoïne  (as Gilbert Kiroine)
 
Art Direction by
Charles Finelli 
Maurizio Mammi 
 
Makeup Department
Maria Teresa Carrera .... hair stylist
Giuseppe Ferranti .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Sergio Cortona .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claudio Fragasso .... assistant director (as Clyde Anderson)
Olivier Lefait .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
John Gayford .... sound mixer: English version
Danilo Moroni .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Maurizio Trani .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elda Chinellato .... wardrobe
 

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Also Known As:
"Rats of Manhattan" - Belgium (English title) (video title)
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97 min | Belgium:90 min (video version)
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In Germany this movie was presented as the third part of the "Bronx Warriors"-Series by Enzo G. Castellari.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: Sharpie pen marks are visible underlining various words and sections of the text screen during the opening text crawl.See more »
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Video:[trying to fix a broken computer] This stupid machine needs a kick in the balls!See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Funny as hell, 21 April 2010
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Ah, these were the days for sure. Rats is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi horror by the one and only Bruno Mattei. If you've seen anything else by this guy you will no doubt know exactly what to expect. You'll be aware that you are going to see a shoddy but enjoyable trash-fest with many laugh-out-loud moments of unintentional humour. This film is full of typical Matteisms. It's ram-packed with extreme over-acting, over-the-top maniacal laughter, stupid chat and atrocious dubbing. It's got lots of gore, comically unthreatening monsters and moments of alarming non-political correctness. It's unashamedly derivative and incurably cheesy. And yet despite - or perhaps because - of all this, its loads of fun.

Like many bad films there is a scrolling text introduction. This is an easy way for cheap-skate film-makers to give us the background story and context without having to go to the trouble of conveying this information cinematically. Anyway, it basically boils down to the fact that the Earth is scorched after a nuclear war and some people live underground, while others live on the surface. A band of the latter pitch up at an abandoned settlement and discover that the previous inhabitants had been killed by super-intelligent nasty rats. Guess what happens next.

In a lot of horror films the most interesting characters are the villains and monsters. Not in this film. The rats for the most part act in a completely indifferent manner. This of course makes for some very funny moments when our heroes act as if they are a terrifying threat. A couple of such scenes spring to mind. Firstly when the gang mount a set of stairs covered in rats, the implication is that this is a super-scary moment, while the reality for all to see is that not only do the rodents pose no hazard whatsoever, they also are actually actively hiding away. Secondly, the scene where the leader of the gang wards off the hordes of rats with a flaming torch is properly silly as not only are the creatures a good twenty metres away in a small utterly unthreatening group but they also approach the flaming stick with zero concern when it is finally thrown on the deck. Prior to this silly scene, we are treated to what can only be described as the rat conveyor belt. This somewhat incredible cinematic device is a 'special effect' created for the film that is evidently supposed to suggest hordes of scary rodents moving forward menacingly. It doesn't. It looks like a conveyor belt with 2D rat-shaped cut outs stuck on it. It's quite something else. It does have to also be said that seeing as this is an Italian production there are a number of scenes where the rats are quite obviously getting battered or burned. They are thrown at actors, kicked by actors, have heavy objects thrown at them and set on fire by flamethrowers. With this in mind I'm very surprised this one got a BBFC certificate to tell you the truth.

In all honesty the gang are a lot more memorable that the rodents. One of them is called Video. He is supposed to be a computer genius, yet he says things like 'stupid machine needs a kick in the balls'. Another character called Deus is supposed to be the brains of the bunch as he has a shaved head with a little triangle drawn on it. At one point he goes into a long spiel about how rats lived in the days before the War. He qualifies his rambling rubbish with the line 'I read it in a book'. He says it so ludicrously portentously that it is laugh-out-loud funny. The only black character is a woman called, wait for it, Chocolate. At one point she covers herself in flour and says something along the lines of 'I'm white like the rest of you, ha ha ha'. Right on baby. The final character I shall draw your attention to is a guy called Duke. He is the villain of the group and is relatively unremarkable. Until is death that is, when he stands in an armoured vehicle with a grenade and then notices that there are some rats in the car with him, so he does what any sane person would do – he throws the grenade at them and blows himself up.

If you haven't already worked out then I have to say that this film was a bit of a comedy classic. It mixes cheap sci-fi with gory horror and levels it all off with a dollop of unintentional stupidity. It's a riot. And wait until you see the ending. If you thought things could not get any more ridiculous, you are in for a treat.

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