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Deadly Eyes (1982)

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

Director:

Robert Clouse

Writers:

James Herbert (novel), Lonon F. Smith (earlier screenplay) (as Lonon Smith) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Groom ... Paul Harris
Sara Botsford ... Kelly Leonard
Scatman Crothers ... George Foskins
Cec Linder ... Dr. Louis Spenser
Lisa Langlois ... Trudy White
Lesleh Donaldson ... Martha
James B. Douglas James B. Douglas ... Mel Dederick
Lee-Max Walton Lee-Max Walton ... Tim Harris
Joseph Kelly ... Matt
Kevin Foxx Kevin Foxx ... Hoserman
Jon Wise Jon Wise ... Skip
Wendy Bushell Wendy Bushell ... Liz
Charles Jolliffe Charles Jolliffe ... Henry Younger
Dora Dainton Dora Dainton ... Mrs. Trumbull
Michael Fawkes Michael Fawkes ... Motorman
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Storyline

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!


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Eyes See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Budget:

CAD1,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The giant rats, in full shots, were actually Dachshunds dressed in rat suits. Detailed puppets were used in close shots (especially in the scenes of their gnawing on victims). See more »

Goofs

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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Referenced in Psychos in Love (1987) See more »

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Mostly a dull affair
13 October 2015 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I had wanted to see this movie for a long time, but none of the video stores in the various cities I lived in stocked it. Finally, I had to purchase the Blu-ray. Was it worth the wait? For the most part, no. Now, the big feature about the movie that made me want to see it - giant rats played by dachshunds - does provide a little amusement, as well as the equally not convincing puppetry work when we see close-ups of the giant rats' faces. However, the bulk of the movie surrounding the rat stuff is extremely tedious to sit through. There simply isn't a lot of story here, and the characters are written in a way to be extremely uninteresting. The script is bad enough, but under the direction of Robert Clouse, the movie moves at a glacial pace and without any real tension. Clouse also makes some very big continuity goofs, like how the weather changes from shot to shot in some scenes, and how the movie seems to be taking place in Canada in some scenes but in other scenes in the United States. If you must see this, wait until it comes on cable and record it, then watch it with your finger hovered over the fast-forward button on your remote. Make sure your remote has fresh batteries, because this movie will give your remote a workout.


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