Rat's freak me out. There gross little rodents that carry disease and give me the chills. Crispin Glover creeps me out as well. Mix the two together and you have Willard. A movie that creeps me out to the point its hard to watch. The rats in it make me squirm and I just want to shower when the film is over.
Willard is actually Willard Stiles (Crispin Glover) he is an outcast wierdo who lives with his mom in a huge dank old home. The home may be big, its a mansion in fact but its so dank that about 400 rats live there as well. Willards father used to own a huge company but when he killed himself his old partner took it over. Willard works for the company now and his boss really hates him. He treats him like utter crap to be honest. Rather then find another job he just puts up with the mental abuse. As he is a total weirdo no one likes him enough to stand up for him. There is one girl who feels sorry for him, Cathryn, who ends up going out with Willard.
One day Willard finds a rat he names Socrates. Turns out he can actually communicate with the rat. He trains it and quickly begins training the other rats. He finds a giant sized one he names Ben who becomes the rats leader.
Willard does what any nut job would then do and begins to have his rats start getting revenge for him. However after a string of bad luck, and the death of his favorite rat Socrates Willard finally goes full on crazy and beings having his rats kill for him. Writing this just makes we want to shower.
Although the film is a remake of the movie Ben it was never promoted as such. It has always simply been promoted as a stand alone horror film. Although it failed to make money at the box office it became a huge cult favorite thanks in part to the performance of Crispin Glover. It nothing to say that the film belongs to him.
Glover gives one hell of a performance as Willard. He looks and acts the part perfectly as a shy introvert who obviously has some serious mental issues. Simple and quiet in the beginning to fully on scary when he finally snaps he gives his best performance since Back to the Future. He was even nominated for the Best Actor Award in the 2004 Saturn Awards. His performance
really has become something of legend amongst horror fans. And luckily for those fans Scream Factory Has picked this one up.
AS its Scream Factory you know it looks and sounds fantastic. To fantastic in my opinion as It sounded like rats were crawling around as the sound came through my speakers The dark colors and tones add to the horror as the house that severs as the rats backdrop looks truly frightening. If that transfer is not enough look at all the special features they have included.
NEW 2K Scan Of The Original Film Elements
If you are a fan this is the definitive print to get. If you have never seen it do yourself a favor and go and add this to your collection. It may give me the creeps and make me slightly nauseous but I have to admit it is one fine film that deserves all the praise it gets. I highly recommend picking this one up.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars