Willard (2003)

Directors: Glen Morgan
Starring: Crispin Glover and R. Lee Ermey

Genre: Horror/Black Comedy


"... wonderfully deranged." - Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

For years, Willard Stiles (Crispin Glover, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle) has been trapped in a dead end job with no friends and no future. Willard's life seems hopeless until he makes an eerie discovery: he shares a powerful bond with the rats that dwell in his basement. Now a guy who has been trampled in the rat race his entire life is suddenly ready to tear up the competition... beginning with his boss.

Crispin Glover leads the pack in this skin-crawling thriller that takes an unforgettable journey into the mind of a madman." - from DVD Pacific

My oppinion:
Being a pet rat owner myself, I had to check this one out. I didn't really expect anything special as I hadn't even heard of it before, but it was surprisingly good actually. Crispin Glover (Willard) did some fantastic acting in this one and I'll be looking for more from him in the future. It's always fun seeing R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket) as well and he does a decent enough job in this. The relationships between Willard and his rats Socrates and Ben was really nicely shown. It's not really much of a horror film as it's not scary at all (might be if you're not a fan of rats..), but it is actually kind of creepy sometimes. It's more like a black comedy. The atmosphere is great and the rat CGI actually looked decent enough as well. I've seen much worse.. Look out for the scene where a cat is locked in the house with the rats. That was pure brilliance! I really enjoyed this one, but I have a feeling in the back of my head that it could have been even better. I was very pleasantly surprised though!

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