To give you an idea how cheap of a film Rats: Night of Terror is, the beginning of the film features a narrator giving us the lowdown about the apocalypse, and how, two hundred years later, man is all cave dwellery and such. This is also presented to us as text on a vellum sheet being dragged over stock footage of some desert, and the "clear" sheet is covered with stains, scratches and goo, thus showing us that director, Bruno Mattei, wasn't even willing to shell out the extra cash for a new piece of clear plastic. We are then introduced to our gang of protagonists who are dressed in the appropriate POST-APOCALYPTIC wear, like leather pants, big futuristic boots, spiked wristbands and militant garb. The only person who looks out of place is the girl in the leather bikini and cape, but then again, capes are always in style. Oh, and there's a bald guy in yellow pajamas with a triangle doo-dad on his forehead that keeps changing shape, but only because it was drawn on with marker.
Our group is led by Kurk (Dell'Acqua) who sports a meticulously trimmed beard and highlighted, feathered hair. In the future, this will be considered badass. In the present…not so much. Kurk proves he's the leader on several occasions, mostly by hitting people and lighting them on fire with his flamethrower. Yep, Kurk has one of those. Meanwhile, the rest of his gang have maces and sticks with nails in them. Anyone wanna guess why Kurk's the boss? If you said "Because he has the best weapon", give yourself a pop-tart.
Anyway, the gang of dusty trail-riders on their motorcycles and armored vehicles cruise into an abandoned town and find a storage of food, as well as a water filtration system and a hydroponics set-up. The fact that all of this is surrounded by thousands of rats and freshly eaten corpses does little to deter the group from settling down for awhile. Soon they realize that the rats are super intelligent and one by one they get eaten by what look like large gerbils being thrown at them by production assistants.
Bruno Mattei freely admits that his films, especially Rats, are crap, but, as long as he got paid for it, he was fine with it. In Rats, we get painted guinea pigs being thrown onto people, whacked with brooms and sticks, and SET ON FIRE ( watch 40:55 into the film. Kurk decides to blast a sewer full of rodents with his flamer and you can clearly see about 3 or 4 of them running around ablaze. The P.E.T.A. folks oughta make this a training film!). After about 80 minutes of that we get a conclusion that's supposed to be the big twist ending, but it's about as surprising as winning a medal in the Special Olympics.
For sheer comedic value and drunken hysteria, Rats rates a solid 5 skulls, but, as a proper film…well…if I could give this negative skulls, I would. As for extras, we get "Hell Rats of the Living Dead", a 9 minute mini-doc about Mattei, and features the man waxing nostalgic about his bad movies and how he dislikes them, but figured "What the hell?" and made a career out of it. The guy is a riot, and he's brutally honest so you have to respect that! We also get the trailer for the film and a Mattei Bio.
Rats: Night of Terror is part of Anchor Bay's Bruno Mattei collection, so if you are into REALLY BAD MOVIES you may want to start clearing some shelf-space because this guys made a million of them!