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1 September 2001 (USA) See more »
They thought their experiments would change mankind ... they were wrong.
On a moonlit night, in a remote research laboratory, a major medical breakthrough is about to have deadly results... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Allen Lee Haff ... Walter
Leah Rowan ... Alicia
Guy Vieg ... Professor Irwin
Robert Broughton ... Douglas

Richard Peterson ... Gary
Derek Hofman ... Burke

Alexandra Townsend ... Chelsea
David Bradley ... Frank

Directed by
Serge Rodnunsky  (as Miles Feldman)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Serge Rodnunsky 

Produced by
William Burke .... line producer
Matt Cunningham .... associate producer
Cyndy Johnson .... line producer
Serge Rodnunsky .... producer
Original Music by
Evan Evans 
Cinematography by
Pierre Chemaly 
Film Editing by
John Garry  (as John P. Garry III)
David A. Hoffman  (as David Hoffman)
Serge Rodnunsky  (as Miles Feldman)
Production Design by
Mara A. Spear 
Art Direction by
Shane John 
Costume Design by
Deborah Ceballos 
Makeup Department
Brian A. Jones .... key creature/makeup effects
Judi Lewin .... key makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cyndy Johnson .... second assistant director
Art Department
T. Brett Lindsey .... set dresser: reshoots
Terri Webster .... set dresser (as Terri A. Webster)
Sound Department
Andy Marshall .... boom operator
Chris Waisanen .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Noel Sterrett .... main titles
Visual Effects by
Kyle J. Healey .... digital producer
Bob Bragg .... stunt coordinator
Shane Franklin .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Pauline Edwards .... camera loader
Tim Hermann .... assistant camera (as Tim Herrman)
David Kiser .... assistant camera
Nick Liampetchakul .... key grip
Mark Mayer .... best boy electric
Marshall Rao .... gaffer
Sarge Roberts .... best boy grip (as Dale 'Sarge' Roberts)
Ryan Sims .... grip
John Van Valkenburgh .... electrician
Juan Vargas .... grip (as Juan P. Vargas)
Music Department
Eric Hester .... composer: additional music
Alex Kharlamov .... composer: additional music
Dan Kolton .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Chris Higgs .... production assistant
Erica Michaels .... body double: Ms. Townsend
Andre D. Munoz .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Rodentz" - Canada (English title)
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Rated R for violence/gore and some sexuality
91 min
Finland:K-15 | UK:15 | USA:R (Certificate #39934)


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2 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Mutant rats killing people have never looked so bad..., 27 September 2005
Author: ResidentHazard ( from Plymouth, MN

Well then. I just watched an crap-load of movies--all with varying degrees of quality. I wasn't too sure about which one I wanted to review first. Then it hit me like a sack-a-rats: Rodentz. Warn people about Rodentz. This monstrosity stars nobody and is painfully dull to sit through. And it's about mutant rats killing people. Yeah... real freaking' original. "Food of the Gods," or "Willard" anyone? Those were better than this, and that doesn't say much...

**POSSIBLE SPOILER**Okay here's the story: Inna laboratory the scientist and his plucky assistant are experimenting on rats and their laboratory is in a crappy neighborhood and crappy building and the plucky assistant's moronic friends show up drunk and everyone becomes food for the crazed rats and just about everybody dies and, oh yeah, there's one giant rat that looks crappy, but it gets killed, the end. There, all in once sentence! Spoiler, you say? Ppfff!! I beg to differ! The second we all realize that there's a giant rat, we all know it's gonna die eventually!!**END SPOILER**

Here's the breakdown:

The Good:

--Well, I watched it for free, but for everyone else... hmmm, no. There's nothing good here.

Didn't Hurt It, Didn't Help:

--Um... well. the gore was decent. --Very average cinematography.

--CG rats not as bad as they could've been in some shots...

The Bad:

--...and in other shots, the CG rats were pathetically cheap-looking. Look, if your film has a low budget, maybe you shouldn't rely on CG. Lesson to take to heart.

--The acting is extremely poor.

--The characters are beyond uninteresting--we have a mish-mash of clichés and none of them are even done that well.


--Been done before--plenty of times.

--Stupid story, just stupid.

--Giant rat looks like fat man in poorly conceived bear costume--that was kind of funny--but not funny enough to give this film any worth.

--Retarded, unrealistic, and boring dialog.

--All the college student rat chow people are drinking Tequila from huge plastic milk jugs--and yet they don't appear to be drunk for anything longer than a few seconds. Way to stick with continuity, guys.

The Ugly:

--This film is bad. Simply terrible. Worse than you might imagine. It's not even laughably bad like, for instance, "Scarecrow" (2002) or "House of the Dead." Now those movies are crap you can enjoy. Even if they do make you stupider.

Memorable Scene:

--The lame action-movie ending, complete with uninjured heroes and explosion. Because it didn't feel at all like the rest of this monstrosity--but still sucked.

Acting: 2/10 Story: 1/10 Atmosphere: 2/10 Cinematography: 4/10 Character Development: 0/10 Special Effects/Make-up: 4/10 Nudity/Sexuality: 1/10 (I was tending to my son occasionally during the film, so I may have missed it, but was supposedly in there) Violence/Gore: 4/10 Dialogue: 2/10 Music: 1/10 (average for the time) Writing: 1/10 Direction: 2/10

Cheesiness: 7/10 Crappiness: 9/10

Overall: 1/10

Watch it only if you love rat and vermin-based horror films. Wait... Check that. Don't watch it. It's crap.


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