Italian exploitation has its auteurs, its sleaze brokers and its mavericks. Bruno Mattei falls somewhere among all three of these categories. He directed a Shark film with CRUEL JAWS, a load of zombie films with HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD being up there as his best. With RATS : NIGHT OF TERROR however, it is all post apocalypse creature feature. A group of survivors from an atomic war (well established by a 2 minute opening exposition), search above ground for the little scraps left over from humanity. However they are not alone. Something else seems to have been left from the wasteland. Something that is using humans for food and letting rats gnaw at the bones. If its human then its horrific but what if it is something else?
Yep RATS is the sort of C grade movie that makes for an entertaining slide into scuzzy cinema. Mattei made films with micro budgets and gore galore. 88 films have already unleashed SCALPS and ZOMBI 3 from his cannon onto us. RATS is equally unbalanced, low budget and great. It never verges on seriousness, self consciousness or grandeur. Its a schlock movie from a director who knew how to make them and often failed to want anything else. Not a bad thing if you like exploitation cinema.
It steps up from the DVD version released by Vipco. Its not grainy but has some slight water marks. The HD has however darkened the image to allow for better clarity. This means that you can see the night scenes and the reveal that might actually make it less fun but you are paying for it to look better.
The best extras are all the extra bits that the disc comes with. The interviews peak with the composer Luigi Ceccarelli. He seems to have an ear for the visual fun but not much is revealed.
- Limited Edition Gloss O-Card slipcase [First Print Run Only]
- Limited Edition Interview with Geretta Geretta booklet by Dr Cardboard Waddell [First Print Run Only]
- Limited Edition 150gsm Fold-out poster [First Print Run Only]
- Remastered HD Transfer
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Uncompressed Original English Audio
- Uncompressed Alternative Italian Audio
- Newly translated English Subtitles fort he Italian Audio
- NEW Interview with Stuntmen and leads Massimo Vanni and Ottaviano Dell’Acqua
- NEW Interview with composer Luigi Ceccarelli
- Theatrical Trailer
- Reversible Sleeve with Italian title