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Hoodrats (2004)

R | | Action | Video 11 June 2004
Two homies from the hood are persued by police and thugs who suspect they are in posession of a mysterious "package"


Edgar Arellano


Edgar Arellano


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Credited cast:
Omar Alexis Omar Alexis ... Loco
Richard Azurdia ... Pancho
Brian Britt Brian Britt ... Jimmy
Mario Larraza Mario Larraza ... Mario
Sean Mantooth Sean Mantooth ... The Lieutenant
Adriana Millan ... Vanessa
Valentina Olmos ... July
Daniel Sarabia Daniel Sarabia
Jules Vincent ... Cop #1


Two homies from the hood are persued by police and thugs who suspect they are in posession of a mysterious "package"

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The streets are their playground










Release Date:

11 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$10,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Edgar Arellano produced this film with only nine cans of 16mm film and edited it with only nine cuts. See more »


Followed by Hoodrats 2: Hoodrat Warriors (2008) See more »

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Horribly made....but it's a guilty pleasure
19 October 2005 | by guyfromjerzeeSee all my reviews

It's good to watch ultra-bad movies like these from time to time, because it reminds aspiring filmmakers like myself what NOT to do. I'm not exaggerating in the least bit when I say that "Hood Rats" is no better than a student film that a couple grade school kids shot with their parents' home video camera. At least if this movie were shot on video, the filmmakers would've wasted very little money. But they actually burned film on this crap? The main problem? The acting. The acting is absolutely horrendous! And the worst actor in the cast is the one playing the main character! If you're going to put a bad actor in your movie, at least make him be an extra. One of the things I liked about the movie was that it was made with a predominantly Latino cast. Luckily, almost all of them seem to speak English as a first language. The main actor, on the other hand, sounds like he literally learned English as they were shooting. He seems to pronounce every single line of dialogue with the wrong intonation. The most natural actor in the flick is probably the fat guy. He's far from great, but at least he seems somewhat comfortable with acting. Second problem? The script. There wasn't one. At least that's how it felt. Each scene goes on for about 10 minutes, and the characters just repeat the same lines of dialogue over and over and over and over again. See how annoying that was? That gives you a taste of what it was like to listen to the dialogue. And when the actors would forget their lines, they would just scream out the "f" word. Yes, it's that obvious. Third problem? The cinematography. Once again, there wasn't any. The most flashy camera move is the camera tilting up to the sky and transitioning to the next scene, which would start off on a ceiling and tilt down to the actors. As for the rest of the scenes, the director put absolutely no thought into the framing of the shots. The problem with cinematography in some really low-budget independent films is that it's either too artsy or too amateurish. In this case, the director didn't try period. I think if the acting were much better, this may have been a good experimental feature, with the camera serving the same purpose as the cameras on a reality TV show. In other words a gritty, documentary-esquire film that would make the audience feel like inside observers. The fourth problem? The DVD cover. Buyer beware: If you find this movie at your local video outlet, it will probably show a trio of beautiful Latinas on the cover. So naturally, I thought this movie would be about three beautiful female gang members (ala "Mi Vida Loca"). But these three women aren't even characters in the movie. They're literally extras in the last scene. The two main characters see the three women pass by, and start to ogle and cat-call them. But I'm sure the filmmaker wanted SOMEONE on this planet to buy this DVD, so what better way is there than to feature three hotties on the cover? Just like how you see Jack Nicholson on the cover of every DVD cover for "Little Shop of Horrors" when he only has about a 3 minute cameo (albeit a great cameo). On the bright side, "Hood Rats" showed me that anyone, and absolutely anyone, can make a piece of crap movie and try to distribute it. And I felt bad about some of the movies I did in high school. Maybe I should make a DVD out of those films and sell them.

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