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The Rats (2002)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  17 September 2002 (USA)
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A clan of evil rats overtakes a Manhattan department store and threatens to overrun the city.

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Jack Carver
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Ty
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Amy Costello
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Ray Jarrett (as David Wolos-Fonteno)
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Miss Paige
Elisa Moolecherry ...
Nyla
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Karl
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Queen
Aron Tager ...
Janitor
Yanna McIntosh ...
Doctor
Jennifer Coristine ...
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Jay
Balázs Koós ...
Tech Guy (as Balazs Koos)
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Bitchy Woman (as Jackie Laidlow)
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Storyline

In Manhattan, when a client is bitten by a rat in the dressing room of the Garsons Department Store and contracts Weil's disease, the manager Susan Costello is assigned to hire and give all the necessary support to the best exterminator in New York, Jack Carver. The efficient Jack and his assistant Ty find a colony of mutant rats and try to convince the health department administrator and former partner of Jack, Ray Jarrett, how serious the infestation is. But the politician Ray is interested in covering the problem to protect economical interests of powerful groups. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They are intelligent, thirsting for blood... and ready to attack! See more »


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Rated R for some creature violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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17 September 2002 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Was originally going to air on September 11, 2001, but release was pushed back after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. See more »

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Leptospirosis or Weil's Disease is spread by contact with the urine from infected rats and not the bites. See more »

Quotes

Susan Costello: Hi, I'm Susan Costello. Oh! Are you alright?
Jay: Yeah, I think so.
Susan Costello: How'd you cut it?
Jay: I don't know, I just reached down to get my clothes.
Susan Costello: Can you show me where?
Jay: [They walk to the changing room] It was right over there.
Susan Costello: Okay.
[She searches through Jay's clothes then gasps]
Susan Costello: It was a carpet tack.
Jay: But how can that just cut...
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Give it a chance
29 October 2002 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

I stumbled across "The Rats" in a local video store. Since I was in

the mood for low budget B horror, I took a chance and rented it.

What a wonderful surprise.

Superficially, the film's premise seems to be one of the many

overdone, tired plots we've seen so often. Instead, the viewer is

treated to a well made, well acted film. It is suspenseful and

benefits from good special effects for the rats (animatronics and

CGI, apparently).

The basic storyline concerns a colony of bioengineered rats that

were inadvertently allowed to escape from a defunct lab in New

York City. Years pass and the rats become a massive horde of

aggressive, disease-spreading vermin. After the Health

Department decides to ignore the problem, it is left to an

exterminator (Spano) and a department store operations manager

(Amick) to investigate the problem and deal with it.

Fans of B movie horror should definitely give this a chance. It is far

better than the title or basic premise would suggest.


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