Rats: Night of Terror / Rats - Notte di terrore (1984)

2.0 out of 5

Zombie Flesh Eaters poster boy Ottaviano Dell'Acqua leads a post nuclear ensemble in this schlocky rodent themed science fiction horror that very much captures the spirit of the creature themed pulp horror novels of the 1970s and the action consists mostly of our stars screaming or bickering as shovelfuls of uncooperative live rats are tossed in their direction by the crew.

This Bruno Mattei penned effort at times has the feel of Bronx Warriors 2, as was clearly recognised in German distribution with the title Riffs III, though the futuristic vibe is somewhat punctured when it appears that a computer apparently doing clever stuff is in fact listing code from the Commodore 64 game Fifteen that was released by The Code Works of Santa Barbara the year that Rats was made rather than running a bunkered futuristic scientific institution as the viewer is led to believe.

Those in the mood for a mindless synthesizer scored science fiction matinée style feature for the VHS generation would, as long as occasional and probably accidental rodent injury can be forgiven, find much here to keep the interest while those less forgiving who would still like to indulge in some Rattus norvegicus action may be better advised to seek out the far more atmospheric Willard from the prior decade.

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