Bug and vermin movies always creep me out. I'm not scared of them they just make me feel itchy and yo be honest, down right uncomfortable. Willard, The Nest, they are films I try to avoid. But when you have Peter Weller fighting a rat you have to put those phobias aside and watch.
Of Unknown Origin is the tale of Bart Hughes (Weller) a typical 80s Wall street style businessman who has just renovated a large Victorian Brownstone in Manhattan. He is working on a big project for work that should net him the big promotion he is counting on to finance this house. He's going to have plenty of time to work on it in peace as his wife (Shannon Tweed) and son are heading off to visit her parents.
Once alone things start going wrong. Lights go out, his waterline gets chewed through, food boxes are chewed open, lots of bad luck things which can only be the work of a rat.
Bart try's everything you can think of to get rid of it. Traps, that the rat just avoids, bringing in a cat that the rat kills, and more. At one point Bart finds the rats nest and kills the baby's that are in it. This pretty much angers the rat and now the hunt is on.
Weller is amazing as always in this film. Watching his mental state deteriorating as the film goes is fascinating. His acting is great, going from almost comedic to insane. The way the rats point of view of filmed helps to add to the tension of the film.
While not filled with tons of gore, (there is some) the film is still a must watch for horror fans. The always amazing Scream Factory has just released it on a beautiful Blu-ray that's loaded with special features
A great film and a other great job by Scream Factory make this a must own
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars