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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.

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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!


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 1988 James Herbert, author of the source novel, dismissed this and the earlier The Survivor (1981) as "terrible ... absolute rubbish." 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

Featured in Deadly Eyes: An Interview with Lisa Langlois (2014) See more »

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Written by Chuck McDermott
Performed by The Chuck McDermott Band
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Very familiar but OK
4 September 2002 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Rats eat corn which inexplicably is coated with steroids and grow into large rats with nasty tempers, huge teeth and seem even more intelligent. Science teacher Sam Groom and health official Sara Botsford find out and try to save the city (carefully not named but it was filmed in Toronto).

The plot is old hat but this is reasonably well done. The script is OK and the acting is pretty good (especially Botsford). But what really makes me give this a 7 is the rats. Yes, I know they're dogs in rat suits but they look convincing and the scenes of them chasing victims are scary. Also the attack scenes (especially the one in the theatre) are vicious, bloody and very gory.

So a worthwhile movie for horror fans--especially those who like early 80s horror (like me). But if rats bother you, stay far away from this!


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