GenreHorror, Sci-Fi, Thriller Duration CountryUnited States
Release date2002 (2002) GenresHorror, Drama, Television film, Natural horror film CastMädchen Amick (Susan Costello), Vincent Spano (Jack Carver), Shawn Michael Howard (Ty), Daveigh Chase (Amy Costello), David Fonteno (Ray Jarrett), Sheila McCarthy (Miss Paige) Similar moviesAltered Species (2001), Maneater (2007), Ben (1972), Vincent Spano appears in The Rats and Pandemic, Mimic (1997)
The Rats is a 2002 made-for-TV horror film, written by Frank Deasy and directed by John Lafia It is about a clan of rats in New York City transformed, as part of a DNA research trial, into man-eating killers who take over a Manhattan department store and threaten to overrun New York City. It was known as The Colony before it was released. Originally, intended to be aired on September 11, 2001, its released was delayed after the September 11 attacks.
In Manhattan, when a client is bitten by a rat in the dressing room of Garsons Department Store and contracts Weil's disease, the manager Susan Costello is assigned to hire and help the best exterminator in New York, Jack Carver. Jack and his assistant Ty find a colony of mutant rats in New York City and try to convince the health department administrator and former partner of Jack, Ray Jarrett, how serious the infestation is. But the politician Ray is interested only in covering up the problem to protect the economic interests of powerful groups.
Mädchen Amick as Susan Costello
Vincent Spano as Jack Carver
Shawn Michael Howard as Ty
Daveigh Chase as Amy Costello
David Wolos-Fonteno as Ray Jarrett
Sheila McCarthy as Miss Paige
Kim Poirier as Jay
Elisa Moolecherry as Nyla
Joe Pingue as Karl
Andy Webb from "The Movie Scene" gave the film three out of five stars, stating: "What this all boils down to is that "The Rats" is some old fashioned horror fun which plays on people's own fears of rats. Of course if you think rats are cute and adorable then this isn't going to work and you might even be offended at the portrayal of rats or the ridiculous climax. But if you do have a fear of the fury rodents this movie is not one to watch before you go to sleep." Rod Lott from "Flick Attack", wrote: "Come up with a cliché, and sooner or later, The Rats gets to it, right down to the ever-predictable it-ain’t-really-over final shot. Child’s Play 2 and Man’s Best Friend director John Lafia does a decent job, having experience with all sorts of beasts, like killer dolls, robot dogs and Ally Sheedy." Florita A. from "Hell Horror", scored the film 4 out of 10, writing: "The Rats was made simple, and that was not an ideal thing as the movie flopped although it was a TV movie. I like the idea of rats playing on someone’s fear, but it came down to the film not being executed in the right manner to send frights across to its audience amongst other things."
On Rotten Tomatoes, the films currently holds 0% rating, based on 6 reviews.