Rat Man (1988)

  
When a pretty model is found dead on an island, her body mutilated, an investigation begins in to just what happened. The deceased model’s sister arrives with a mystery novel writer (David Warbeck), to try and figure out what was the cause of her sisters murder. The duo discover that the explanation is far more bizarre than they ever could have realised. 

A scientist has created a rat/monkey hybrid, for reasons unknown, though he does mention a Nobel peace prize at one point. The hybrid played by Nelson de la Rosa (The Island of Dr. Moreau), has developed murderous tendencies and decides he doesn’t like being caged up anymore. 

  
This movie is straight up trash and I loved it. I’ve always had a soft spot for David Warbeck as he’s always given 100% no matter what the role or how strange the movie is. He kind of downplays it a tad here, but he’s still the sort of hero he played in The Beyond. The plot dithers about and feels patchy and incoherent in places, but I feel it adds to the charm. I mean when the tag line reads ‘He’s the critter from the shitter’ I think it’s safe to say you know what sort of movie you’re getting. 

  
Nelson de la Rosa seems to enjoy his role as the carnivorous Rat Man, particularly as he gets close to some scantily clad women, and if you’ve seen the documentary about the making of ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ then you know he’s quite fond of the ladies. 

    

The acting is atrocious in places, but if you’re a fan of trashy movies then that really won’t be an issue to you. These sort of horror movies have never really attempted to wow you with their acting, preferring to throw blood and naked women in your direction instead and hope that it keeps your attention. Fans of cheap Italian horror will find a lot to like here, and David Warbeck is always good value. The supporting cast are not the best, but they make do. 

  
Shameless Screen Entertainment have released the movie uncut for the first time ever in the U.K, and the film is presented in 16.9 anamorphic widescreen. The film is available to purchase now directly from the Shameless website via the following link:

http://www.shameless-films.com/shop/Ratman.html

I’d like to thank Shameless for providing me with the movie for review. 

3/5

JM

  

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Beware: Children At Play (1989)

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Ok before I start let me just say that I didn’t totally hate this movie. Now the reason for that is because it’s a Troma movie. Those that know Troma, know that you cannot berate it for bad acting, hammy script or anything else you find wrong with it. The reason being is because that’s part of Troma’s charm. These films are made on a tight budget….and I mean TIGHT, so they need to become inventive when comes to FX and other things. The reason I dig Troma movies is because despite this handicap of sorts, they do everything with such gusto, and such infectious enthusiasm that it’s hard not to get swept up in it all and enjoy the ride. I will say this though, if you’re easily offended then don’t bother watching Troma movies as you will not like them…at all. Those with a more open mind or love of trashy movies will enjoy it immensely.

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The story of this movie involves children going missing in a small town. A writer who arrives at the town teams up with the sheriff who is an old friend of his to find out what is actually going on. Needless to say blood flows, (well it is a Troma movie), and there is also the odd bit of nudity too. It transpires that the kids in the town are being brainwashed into becoming cannibals. To say any more would spoil the fun. If you can’t get hold of the DVD then never fear. Just go to YouTube and access Troma’s page where you can watch the whole movie for free.

Hell, how do you think I got to see it?

3/5

JM

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