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Willard (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  14 March 2003 (USA)
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A young man with an unusual connection to rats uses them at his own sociopathic will.

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Storyline

This is the story of Willard Stiles who is a social misfit taking care of his ill and fragile but verbally abusive mother Henrietta in a musty old mansion that is also home to a colony of rats. Willard then finds himself constantly humiliated in front of his co-workers and is eventually fired by his cruel and uncaring boss, Mr. Frank Martin, a vicious man whose professional interest in Willard extends to a personal financial one. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Rated PG-13 for terror/violence, some sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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14 March 2003 (USA)  »

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A Vingança de Willard  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,010,593 (USA) (14 March 2003)

Gross:

$107,689 (Hong Kong) (16 May 2003)
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There have been reports that the enormous rat Ben was not portrayed by a rat, which is not quite true. Ben was played by a giant Gambian Pouched Rat (cricetomys gambianus), a distant relative of the Norway rat (rattus norvegicus), the species in the film. Gambian pouched rats, while fairly docile, can grow to body lengths of as much as 10-17 inches from head to base of tail, with a tail about the same length again or longer, and generally weigh anywhere from two to over six pounds. See more »

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In the funeral home scene when Joseph Carter first walks in, we see him from the waist down and he is wearing a long blue coat. When we see a full shot of Carter, he is neither wearing or carrying a long blue coat. Mr. Martin, outside, is wearing the coat we originally see. See more »

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Willard's Mother: Willard! There are rats in the basement!
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References Ben (1972) See more »

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Destined to be a cult classic
4 April 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Willard is a movie that doesn't really fall into a specific category. Don't expect a traditional horror, but don't expect a B horror comedy either. If anything, it's a very morbid drama. There are some good characters in it that you end up caring for. Crispin Glover does a perfect job as Willard, it's his best performance yet, and R. Lee Eremey is great in the over-the-top role of Willard's boss. But what I found most surprising is how much you actually end up caring for the rats. The 2 lead rats even seem to have personalities.

There are some creepy scenes but nothing that will keep you up at night. It's a fairly predictable movie- you know from his very first scene that Willard's boss is going to get it. But that doesn't matter, the movie's entertaining and interesting, and that's enough. The end leaves a door open for a sequel, and I say bring it on. I'd like to see another Willard.

This is destined to be a cult classic. A movie about a guy and a bunch of rats isn't likely to become a world-wide hit, but I think this will be more popular on video. It's good late night movie.

My rating: 6/10


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