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THE RATS (Robert Clouse) This little documented B-monster mash up turned out to be quite an amusing timewaster concerning the mainly human diet of a ravening plague of dachshund-sized rats in downtown Toronto. The real problem with the film is that it is meant to be based on James Herbert’s scuzzball splatterfest, and outside of cribbing the title, Clouse ill-advisedly decided to eschew Herbert’s wall-to-wall grume and stick to a more conventional modus operandi, which plays like a 1950’s Bert I. Gordon quickie, but it’s this very anachronistic take on the genre which I found so appealing; it would make a great double bill with ‘Food Of The Gods’ . A particularly amusing moment, reminding one of ‘The Blob’ is the sequence in the cinema with Bruce Lee making light work of Kareem Abdul Jabbar and suddenly the rampaging rats chew their way through the shrieking audience. Yes, the script is banal, and the characterizations and performances, outside of the delightful Scatman Crothers cameo are perfunctory, but somehow all this silliness manages to translate into acceptable late-night fare. (Admittedly it’s one of those cheapies where the lack of sobriety plays a role in the degree of entertainment said film affords).         


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