Rats: Night of Terror

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Directed by Claudio Fragasso, Bruno Mattei
Music by Luigi Ceccarelli
Cinematography Franco Delli Colli
Release dates 1984
Country Italy, France
Language English

Rats: Night of Terror (Italian: Rats - Notte di terrore , also known as Blood Kill and Rats) is an Italian post-apocalyptic thriller movie directed in 1984 by Bruno Mattei and Claudio Fragasso.


After a nuclear holocaust in 2015 the survivors are divided between those who live in comfortable underground cities and the "New Primitives" who live in the sunlight. A group of these comes across a mysterious village. Despite the presence of numerous horribly mutilated corpses, the adventurers decide to settle in town after discovering a large amount of food, a greenhouse with various fruit trees and a reservoir of drinking water. The following night hundreds and hundreds of hungry genetically mutated rats are ready to attack them one by one.[1]



The film was filmed at Cinecittà studios in Rome, using the sets built for Once Upon a Time in America.[2]


The movie was released in Canada with a R rating,[3] after that had been previously submitted and rejected twice.[4] In United States it was unrated.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Allmovie wrote, "for what it's worth, Rats remains one of Mattei's more watchable efforts."[6]


Rats was released on DVD by Anchor Bay, in their 2005 Fright Pack.[7][8] It was later re-released by Blue Underground in 2007.[9]


  1. ^ John Kenneth Muir. Horror films of the 1980s. McFarland, 2007. 
  2. ^ Marco Giusti. Dizionario dei film italiani stracult. Sperling & Kupfer, 1999. 
  3. ^ Shlomo Schwartzberg (March 6, 1987). "Angel Heart gets Restricted rating". Toronto Star. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Shlomo Schwartzberg (October 10, 1986). "Deadly Friend loses its (exploding) head". Toronto Star. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Rats - Notte di terrore (Blood Kill) (Rats: Night of Terror) (1984)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Robert Firsching. "Rats (1983)". Allmovie. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Anchor Bay's latest Fright Pack - Man's Worst Friends". Monsters and Critics. August 28, 2005. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Par Laurent (1 October 2008). "Rats De Manhattan : Le Z Ultime". Excessif.com. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR". Blue Underground. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 

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