Plot – In a post-apocalyptic earth, where most of humanity lives underground, a group of surface people stumble upon an abandoned lab that’s trying to bring life back to the earth’s surface, but the place is run over by vicious rats.
Released – 1985
Bruno Mattei has made a living out of making low budget genre films such as the notoriously bad Dawn of the Dead knockoff, Hell of the Living Dead. Rats certainly fall into that bracket but as one of his more original works I can’t help but find the film a fun experience and found myself smiling all the way through.
Sure, there are multiple parts of the film that today can be seen as problematic and I’m not just talking about the fact that the main character, a black woman, is called Chocolate, but also the graphic suicide sequence and the levels of gore shown throughout, with the rats eating their way through the group which at times felt disturbing.
Surprisingly, for a low-budget horror film, the acting wasn’t too bad, even with the English dub. The soundtrack was the perfect level of cheesy and creepy, while the plot felt somewhat original and not at all what I was expecting going in, Strangely the cheesiness of the production actually made for a better film, reminding me of Warriors, but with rats.
If you’re able to get past the racism and objectification of the female characters, then you’re in for a treat. Sure, this cheesy, gory horror movie is laughably bad, with rats coming flying from all different angles and a woman screening every ten minutes, but I can’t help but feel that Rats is so bad it’s good. ★★★★☆