I first saw this, roughly when it was released, as a 12 year old. I remember it being somewhat scary, with a creepy ending and having a very naughty rat in a sleeping bag.
Thanks to 88 Films, I have finally re-discovered this Italian masterpiece.
OK, that's a slight exaggaeration but this one's not a complete stinker.
In a post-apocalyptic world, a bunch of fashion school rejects are looking for a place to stay for the night, in the ruins of an old town. The seemingly ordinary presence of a few rats turns out to be something more sinister ...
In a nutshell, it's a pretty standard but below average, low-budget Italian horror. a bit sparse on gore and FX, so don't expect Argento or Fulci, and a one dimensional plot, with a reasonable twist at the end.
Worth watching? If you're a fan of the Italian stuff or a horror junkie, then yes - I've seen much worse. Otherwise, best be prepared for a rat salad with a side of cliché and not enough sauce to spice it up.
The fun parts: a lead who is painfully like MacReady from The Thing, with flame thrower and beard to boot. But with an Italian, men's neck-scarf. Another character is even called 'Duke' so there's plenty of John Carpenter influence.
There are one or two memorable moments, which lingered in my memory since I was a kid and - amazingly - looked exactly as I had remembered from back in 84. The music score is quite good and, overall, it's not a bad looking film, thanks to the 88 makeover.
The bad: well, it's pretty daft throughout. They could get away with this kind of nonsense in the 80s (ants, bees, spiders etc ...) but it doesn't cut it anymore. Having said that, it feels quite fun a result because it does take itself very seriously and the unintentional cheesy flavour is, in fairness, the only thing that makes it worth sticking with it to the end.
An OK movie to enjoy after the pub, or with some horror buddies.
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