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A clan of evil rats overtakes a Manhattan department store and threatens to overrun the city.

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John Lafia

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Frank Deasy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mädchen Amick ... Susan Costello
Vincent Spano ... Jack Carver
Shawn Michael Howard ... Ty
Daveigh Chase ... Amy Costello
David Fonteno ... Ray Jarrett (as David Wolos-Fonteno)
Sheila McCarthy ... Miss Paige
Elisa Moolecherry ... Nyla
Joe Pingue ... Karl
Kathryn Winslow ... Queen
Aron Tager ... Janitor
Yanna McIntosh Yanna McIntosh ... Doctor
Jennifer Coristine Jennifer Coristine ... Nurse
Kim Poirier ... Jay
Balázs Koós Balázs Koós ... Tech Guy (as Balazs Koos)
Jackie Laidlaw ... Bitchy Woman (as Jackie Laidlow)
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Storyline

In Manhattan, when a client is bitten by a rat in the dressing room of the Garsons Department Store and contracts Weil's disease, the manager Susan Costello is assigned to hire and give all the necessary support to the best exterminator in New York, Jack Carver. The efficient Jack and his assistant Ty find a colony of mutant rats and try to convince the health department administrator and former partner of Jack, Ray Jarrett, how serious the infestation is. But the politician Ray is interested in covering the problem to protect economical interests of powerful groups. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They are intelligent, thirsting for blood... and ready to attack! See more »


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Rated R for some creature violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Colony See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally going to air on September 11, 2001, but release was pushed back after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. See more »

Goofs

The characters in the movie pronounce "Weil" (as in Weil's Disease) to rhyme with "wheel". The doctor after whom the disease was named, Adolph Weil (1848 -1916), was German; his name should be pronounced to rhyme with "while" (and if you're a stickler for accuracy, the "w" should be pronounced like an English "v"). See more »

Quotes

Susan Costello: Hi, I'm Susan Costello. Oh! Are you alright?
Jay: Yeah, I think so.
Susan Costello: How'd you cut it?
Jay: I don't know, I just reached down to get my clothes.
Susan Costello: Can you show me where?
Jay: [They walk to the changing room] It was right over there.
Susan Costello: Okay.
[She searches through Jay's clothes then gasps]
Susan Costello: It was a carpet tack.
Jay: But how can that just cut...
[...]
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Remake of Deadly Eyes (1982) See more »

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Superbly creepy horror flick!
26 December 2002 | by PoochJDSee all my reviews

This film has only just come out to rent (December 2002), here in the UK, and I am so glad I rented it. Normally, most certificate 12 horror films are usually awful, but this may well be the only exception to the rule.

Despite only having two well-known stars, in Vincent Spano and Madchen Amick, the film crafts an amazingly gripping and shocking atmosphere - something that is rare for TV movies - that will scare the pants off of you.

The best part is the sheer intensity of the rats, which are surprisingly made up of CGI and animatronic effects. Although looking at the film, they actually appear incredibly realistic, to the point that you really feel for the two leads when they are under attack. The rats are really malevolent, and will freak you out in a big way, especially when they bare their teeth, and start to attack the humans.

What is a superbly creepy horror flick, was only let down by the fact that it wasn't filmed in widescreen, but that is a very minor problem. I would highly recommend this film, as it delivers some excellent scares, and a good standard of acting, not normally found in TV films. The standout moments, are the ending, and the rat attack in the swimming pool, near the start of the film.

Thoroughly nasty, with some neat gore effects, and will do for rats, what "Jaws" did for sharks, and "Arachnophobia" did for spiders! Brilliant! Definitely one of the best horror films in a while! A sleeper hit worth the rental fee!


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