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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 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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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!


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Trivia

Lisa Langlois and Lesleh Donaldson previously both co-starred in Happy Birthday To Me, one of the best slasher flicks from this era that was filmed in Canada. Jack Van Evera their co-star in this movie appeared in another 1981 slasher filmed in Canada, My Bloody Valentine. Lesleh appeared in a movie with Van Evera already too, 1980's Funeral Home with Alf Humphreys from MBV as well. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Strangler vs. Strangler (1984) See more »

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Lolita
Written by Chuck McDermott
Performed by The Chuck McDermott Band
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Gritty Wintertime Rat Horror!
13 May 1999 | by CobblerSee all my reviews

Even if you know they're really dachshunds in rat suits, they're still pretty gruesome! It doesn't matter how fast you run, they'll still catch you!! There's a classic scene- an attack on a movie theater-- which you'll be thinking about for days afterward. This flick has a gritty, wintertime dinginess which I like. Plus, it's got Mr. Scatman Crothers- how can you go wrong?? Definitely worth a rental, especially for fans of low-budget horror films of the early 80s.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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