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Rats: Night of Terror (1984)

Rats - Notte di terrore (original title)
Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 23 May 1985 (Italy)
In a post-apocalyptic earth, where most of humanity lives underground, a group of surface people stumble upon an abandoned lab that's trying to bring life back to the earth's surface, but the place is run over by vicious rats.


Bruno Mattei (as Vincent Dawn), Claudio Fragasso (uncredited)


Claudio Fragasso (screenplay), Bruno Mattei (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua ... Kurt (as Richard Raymond)
Geretta Geretta ... Chocolate (as Janna Ryann)
Massimo Vanni ... Taurus (as Alex McBride)
Gianni Franco ... Video (as Richard Cross)
Ann-Gisel Glass Ann-Gisel Glass ... Myrna
Jean-Christophe Brétignière Jean-Christophe Brétignière ... Lucifer (as Cristoph Bretner)
Fausto Lombardi ... Deus (as Tony Lombardo)
Henry Luciani ... Duke
Cindy Leadbetter ... Diana
Christian Fremont Christian Fremont ... Noah (as Chris Fremont)
Moune Duvivier Moune Duvivier ... Lilith


One hundred years after a nuclear war has devastated the planet, society has been reborn into two factions; the underground society and the scavangers above in the wastelands. A group of scavangers on bikes come across a town infested with flesh eating rats, and soon the gore is spilling everywhere. Written by Humberto Amador

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Mutants of a nuclear disaster


Horror | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


The abandoned city sets featured heavily in the film were the New York City exteriors built at Cinecitta for 'Once Upon a Time in America (1984)' , which by this point had fallen under disrepair. See more »


Sharpie pen marks are visible underlining various words and sections of the text screen during the opening text crawl. See more »


Video: [trying to fix a broken computer] This stupid machine needs a kick in the balls!
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Crazy Credits

The movie abruptly ends with 'FIN', and follows with a minute of music without any credits playing. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film ran into censorship problems in Ontario, Canada. The CIC Video version that was eventually passed is missing the shot of a rat emerging from the dead girl's mouth. See more »

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Mean-spirited claptrap
29 January 2004 | by insightstraightSee all my reviews

There are far too many movies which fail to give us someone in the film to sympathize/empathize with, whether through ineptness on the part of the director & actors, or because the characters are so vile/empty/cardboard/venal/pointless/useless that one doesn't want to admit they are the same species as ourselves.

The only sympathetic characters for me in "Notte di Terrore" were the rats who, far from being menacing, were in fact huddled miserably together, busily trying to clean from themselves the black goop with which they had been coated in a clumsy attempt to make them look menacing. As for the human characters -- I simply could not wait for all of them to be dead! If these were the survivors who were supposed to repopulate the planet -- let the rats have the whole damn world.

Not only do the rats have to suffer being gooped up, they have the further indignity of being repeatedly tossed at bad actors. And Italian animal rights laws evidently being looser, many rats are obviously injured or killed for the sake of action effects, including several which are clearly burned alive. Would that they could have given their lives for a more worthy film.

I hope this movie isn't intercepted by some alien civilization out there, because it would serve to convince them of the need to exterminate the human race. For the good of the universe.

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