Friday, 17 September 2010

Movies: The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here!

I love bizarre and far-fetched horror, I really do. So naturally the title 'The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here!', directed by Andy Milligan and produced by William Mishkin, caught my attention. I'll admit, this movie did make me laugh a few times, and I can't really believe that this was ever meant to be entirely serious.

However, if it wasn't bad enough to start with, it becomes even more ridiculous with the introduction of the rats into 20 minutes or so of a film that is largely about a family of werewolves. The acting is pretty dire and the effects are terrible, but I wanted to share the trailer with you anyway, just for fun! If you like stupid movies, it's worth watching once at least.

Trailer and more information behind the jump.

"1972's THE RATS ARE COMING! THE WEREWOLVES ARE HERE! has one of the greatest exploitation titles of all time, but it's still an Andy Milligan film. Originally filmed as "Curse of the Full Moon," legend has it that the "rats" of the title were added due to the box office success of WILLARD. The plot concerns the Mooneys, an English family suffering from some sort of genetic lycanthropy. The youngest daughter, Diana (Jackie Skarvellis) returns from medical school with her new husband (Ian Innes) only to have their marriage disapproved by the family. The clan includes the bed-ridden father (Douglas Phair, doing a very, very poor man's Vincent Price), the wacky middle sister (Milligan regular Hope Stansbury) who toys with man-eating rats and torments her locked up, idiotic animal brother who likes to toss chickens around the room.
Shot mostly in one mansion location, the film was passed with a PG-rating and is pretty tame for Milligan. Lots of strange characters talk a lot, incest and inbreeding is implied, cars are seen in the far background, electric wall switches are not obscured, and a poor real rat is mutilated, as is a rubber one. There's lots of harsh lighting that makes the whole affair very dark, and the ending werewolf fiasco (with the expected lousy make-up) is even more disappointing than the finale of WEREWOLVES ON WHEELS."


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