The Rats is a 2002 made-for-TV horror film directed by John Lafia. It is about a clan of rats transformed into man-eating killers as of part of a DNA research test who overtake a Manhattan department store and threaten to overrun New York City. It was known as The Colony before it was released.
In Manhattan, when a client is bitten by a rat in the dressing room of the 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 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 in covering the problem to protect economical interests of powerful groups.