Make no mistake, this classy, eerie remake of the forgotten early ’70’s horror chiller about a boy and his pet rats isn’t going to be one of the box-office blockbusters of the year. It really ought to be, but it just isn’t going to happen. It’s a dark, twisted film, almost art-house in its approach to its subject matter. In short, it’s a film too good for its audience.

Willard Stiles (Glover) is an outsider. He has no friends, no life. He lives in a gloomy Gothic house with his ancient, wizened, claw-toed mother (Burroughs). His working life is tyrannised by his boss Frank Martin (Ermey) who only tolerates Willard’s presence because of a vow he made to his former business partner, Willard’s late father. When the house is suddenly infested by rats Willard finds that he is able to make friends after allond he finally has the means to wreak revenge on those who have wronged him. But Willard recko ]]>

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