Saturday Frights: Oh Rats!


Welcome ghouls! With the news that Scream Factory will be releasing the rat-tastic Deadly Eyes soon (a blurb for which may or may not have appeared here at The Retroist before this sparkling gem of a post goes live) as well as the recent unfotunate “Those aren’t Rasinettes” incident here at the Vault, I’ve decided to run down a collection of trailers that feature rampaging rodents (but not Ben or Willard because I totally forgot about those until after I wrote this thing)!

Let’s kick things off with a story “inspired” by the writings of H.G. Wells (although the ingredients label from a package of cous cous or a Bazooka Joe comic would have as much to do with this story as ol’ H.G.)

And due to (un)popular demand:

Appearances to the contrary this film does indeed feature rat action (and excessive Richard Masur):

What would happen if Escape From New York was horrible and featured rats instead of Issac Hayes (Plus Blood Kill? What the…? And I’m simply amazed Rob Liefeld never created a comic called that…)?

And finally Buckaroo Banzai Against The Rat Race (and btw how awesome is that Saul Bass Warner Bros. logo?)

Scream Factory Will Stare You Down When They Release Deadly Eyes on Blu-ray/DVD July 15th!


Holy cats (or in this case rats!) o’ ghoulish ones! I just got word from our fiends at Scream Factory that they are getting ready to unleash a flick that your pal, the one and only Ouija Board Kid Daniel XIII, had given up hope of ever seeing again; Deadly Eyes!!! This is one animals gone ape film you won’t ever forget, believe me! Ya see, Robert Clouse, the director of arguably the greatest martial arts film of all time “Enter The Dragon”, got it in his noggin that he should direct a horror picture, and decided on a terror tale (tail?) featuring giant rats, Scatman Crothers, and Toronto. I caught this film a grand total of once on cable in the mid 80’s and have been (un)dying ever since to see it again, and now thanks to Scream Factory (who, based on their recent release schedule, should just automatically charge my credit card and send me every new release they offer) we can all stare into Deadly Eyes! Here’s the grizzly details:

Have you ever wondered what would be lurking beneath your seat? Meet one of mankind’s deadliest enemies— super-sized RATS! Each year they plunder one fifth of our food, spread deadliest diseases and destroy billions of dollars’ worth of properties. They are very hungry and ready to pounce on their next prey. Adapted from celebrated British author James Herbert’s best-selling novel THE RATS, the animal attack terror comes to life in the 1982 film adaptation DEADLY EYES, starring Sam Groom (The Baby Maker, Law & Order) and Sara Botsford (Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, The Fog) from action filmmaker Robert Clouse (Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon). A throwback to the giant-monster movies of the 1950s, DEADLY EYES is packed with high-tension suspense and gruesome terror. This nail-biting thriller co-stars Scatman Crothers (The Shining), Lisa Langlois (The Nest) and Lesleh Donaldson (Happy Birthday To Me, Curtains). On July 15, 2014, SCREAM FACTORY™ will release DEADLY EYES Blu-ray+ DVD combo pack, featuring new interviews with actors Lisa Langlois, Lesleh Donaldson and Joseph Kelly, special effects artists Alan Apone and Alec Gillis, writer Charles Eglee and more. A must-have for horror enthusiasts and movie collectors, this special SCREAM FACTORY release is priced to own at $26.99 SRP.

Be sure to head either here or here and pre-order this flick right now!!!