Rats: Night of Terror

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Rats: Night of Terror
Directed by
Screenplay by
  • Claudio Fragasso
  • Bruno Mattei[1]
Story by Bruno Mattei[2]
Music by Luigi Ceccarelli[2]
Cinematography Franco Delli Colli[1]
  • Beatrice Film
  • IMP.FX.CI[1]
Release date
  • 1984 (1984)
Running time
96 minutes[2]
  • Italy
  • France[1]

Rats: Night of Terror (Italian: Rats - Notte di terrore ) is a 1984[3] post-apocalyptic thriller film directed by Bruno Mattei and Claudio Fragasso.


Set 225 years after a nuclear holocaust in 2015 in the modern day, the survivors are divided between those who live in comfortable underground cities and the "New Primitives" who live in the sunlight. A group of 11 these people 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.[4]



The film was filmed at Cinecittà studios in Rome, using the sets built for Once Upon a Time in America.[5]


The movie was released in Canada with a R rating,[6] after it had been previously submitted and rejected twice.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Allmovie wrote, "for what it's worth, Rats remains one of Mattei's more watchable efforts."[8]


Rats was released on DVD by Anchor Bay, in their 2005 Fright Pack.[9][10] It was later re-released by Blue Underground in 2007.[11]



  1. ^ a b c d e Paul 2005, p. 218.
  2. ^ a b c Muir 2012, p. 374.
  3. ^ Lupi,Gordiano; Gazzarrini,Ivo (2013). Bruno Mattei: L'ultimo artigiano. Edizione il Foglio. ISBN 9788876064609. p. 55
  4. ^ John Kenneth Muir. Horror films of the 1980s. McFarland, 2007. 
  5. ^ Marco Giusti. Dizionario dei film italiani stracult. Sperling & Kupfer, 1999. 
  6. ^ Shlomo Schwartzberg (March 6, 1987). "Angel Heart gets Restricted rating". Toronto Star. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Shlomo Schwartzberg (October 10, 1986). "Deadly Friend loses its (exploding) head". Toronto Star. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Robert Firsching. "Rats (1983)". Allmovie. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Anchor Bay's latest Fright Pack - Man's Worst Friends". Monsters and Critics. August 28, 2005. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Par Laurent (1 October 2008). "Rats De Manhattan : Le Z Ultime". Excessif.com. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR". Blue Underground. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 


  • Muir, John Kenneth (2012). Horror Films of the 1980s. McFarland. ISBN 0786455012. 
  • Paul, Louis (2005). Italian Horror Film Directors. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-8749-3. 

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