Rats: Night of Terror

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Rats: Night of Terror
Directed by
Screenplay by
  • Claudio Fragasso
  • Bruno Mattei[1]
Story byBruno Mattei[2]
Music byLuigi Ceccarelli[2]
CinematographyFranco 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 of these people come across a mysterious, abandoned 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]

In the end, Chocolate and Video are the sole survivors but are surrounded by voracious, contaminated rats. As they contemplate suicide, teams in hazmat suits appear from the sewers gas all the rats and save the pair. As the pair thank their saviors and remark they are all friends because they are of the same human race. The lead of the rescue team removes his mask, revealing himself to be a humanoid rat.



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. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
  11. ^ "RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR". Blue Underground. Retrieved 17 February 2012.


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