Nezulla the Rat Monster

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Nezulla the Rat Monster
DVD cover
Directed byKanta Tagawa
Produced byEisuke Ishige
Keisuke Gotto
Yuji Nagamori
Tadahi Yamamoto
Written byKanta Tagawa
StarringAyumi Tokitou
Yoshiyuki Kubota (actor)
Mika Katsumura
Distributed byMedia Blasters
Tokyo Shock
Release date
  • 2002 (2002)
Running time
90 minutes

Nezulla (最強獣誕生 ネズラ -NEZULLA-) is a 2002 direct-to-video monster movie, directed by Japanese director Kanta Tagawa. It stars Ayumi Tokitou, Yoshiyuki Kubota (actor), and Mika Katsumura .


As a result of tampering with biogenetic code by an American company in Japan, the mutant creature Nezulla, classified as half human, and half rat, escapes its containment and goes after the ill-fated scientists that spawned it. To cover up the atrocity, the authorities condemn the lab. Eventually when a bacterium found in the lab enters the sewer system, a squadron of soldiers is deployed to clean up the mess. Upon entering the lab via the sewers, the troops are slaughtered one at a time by Nezulla, whose armor like skin easily deflect their bullets. Desperate to get through to the gunpowder room, a false safe explosive area, the commanding officer of the squadron bravely steps up to the creature, and forces a grenade into its mouth. Although his arm is ripped out at the limb portion, he is still able to escape before the creature explodes into thousands of pieces. Once the creature is finally dead, the remaining troops set the gunpowder on fire, and cause a chain explosion that destroys the lab, along with the bacteria.




Critical reception for the film has been mostly negative. With many critics criticizing the film's plot, overuse of clichés, and the monster's design.

Dread Central awarded the film a score of 1 out of 4, stating, "Nezulla the Rat Monster attempts to be a serious, suspenseful monster movie and fails miserably. Slow, dreary, and boring; this is a film that needed less angst, less Japanese-flavored melodramatics, and more of what makes a monster movie entertaining, even ones that set about to be more high-minded".[1] Mike Long from DVD Talk gave the film a negative review, panning the film's story, dialogue, and design of the titular monster which he called "laughable".[2] David Johnson from DVD Verdict panned the film, criticizing the film's plot, dialogue, and the poor design of the monster.[3]


  1. ^ Condit, Jon. "Nezulla the Rat Monster (2006) - Dread Central". Dread Jon Condit. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  2. ^ Long, Mike. "Nezulla the Rat Monster : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". DVD Mike Long. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  3. ^ Johnson, David. "DVD Verdict Review - Nezulla the Rat Monster". DVD David Johnson. Retrieved 14 August 2015.

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