Of Unknown Origin
|Of Unknown Origin|
|Directed by||George P. Cosmatos|
|Produced by||Pierre David|
|Written by||Brian Taggert|
|Based on||The Visitor|
by Chauncey G. Parker III
|Music by||Kenneth Wannberg|
|Edited by||Roberto Silvo|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|November 24, 1983 (USA)|
|Box office||$1,080,470 (USA)|
Of Unknown Origin is a 1983 Canadian-American horror film directed by George P. Cosmatos and starring Peter Weller. It was written by Brian Taggert and based on the novel The Visitor by Chauncey G. Parker III. It was filmed on location in Montreal, Quebec but set in New York City. The film won two awards at the Paris Film Festival.
Mild-mannered everyman Bart Hughes has a great life in New York City. When his wife and child leave for a vacation, Bart stays behind to work on a project that should get him a promotion. Some sort of rodent in his basement starts to bother him and consumes his time. Bart becomes obsessed with it and eventually starts losing his mind while trying to kill the creature, destroying most of his house in the process. The film's title comes from research Bart does and which he shares at a dinner party, stating, erroneously, that rats have no known origin (but in reality they do).
- Peter Weller as Bart Hughes
- Jennifer Dale as Lorrie Wells
- Aimée Castle as Birthday
- Kenneth Welsh as James Hall
- Louis Del Grande as Clete
- Shannon Tweed as Meg Hughes
- Keith Knight as Hardware
- Maury Chaykin as Dan Errol
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Peter Weller, one of our best young stage and screen actors, is not at all bad in a rather terrible, Canadian suspense-horror film mysteriously titled Of Unknown Origin.
Warner Bros. released the film on VHS and DVD.
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