The premise of this film isn't exactly original, but a story like thishas great potential both for a psychological thriller and for a funhorror flick. Dig his last response, to Tweeds O. His dinner table speech about the dangers of rats was bothhilarious and a bit unnerving at the same time. In this move he playsa straight arrow guy, generally normal, likes to research before making amove. There may be cheese, but there's alsosincerity in how the film refuses to take itself seriously. Don't get me wrong, on its own it is just fine, presenting clean, discernible, understandable voices, with no hiss or crackle.
He employs long, menacing rat shadows on the walls of the brownstone, and more than a few scenes featured a lengthy pink tail just disappearing out of sight as the camera slowly pans across a room; in short, creating a fun, but equally suspenseful bump-in-the-night thriller where survival and priorities butt heads. There's some filmographies thrown in as well. Which this creepy old brown-stone building no doubt has. As for the latter, well, the sight of a scurrying mouse in the house is surely enough to startle even the toughest of Big Apple dwellers. Peter Weller is sensational as the New York yuppie with the flawless brownstone that he rehabbed by hand, who begins to feel threatened at work just around the time that an icky little visitor starts wreaking havoc at home. Of Unknown Origin is a fantastic thriller. The problem is that a huge rat has decided the Hughes brownstone is the ideal place to live, and this sets the stage for a series of progressively more intense showdowns, as the four-legged intruder slowly puts more and more demands on Bart's psyche, and consequently his work life.
There is garbage all over his house. I gave this dandy nail-biter no pun intended nine stars as it is one of those movies that when found and decide to watch it I accepted the fact that it most likely is a low-budget waste of time. I found it interesting and amusing. I absolutely loved his performance in the movie, especially the more unhinged he became. Weller is the perfect choice for this role, as he exudes a kind of robotic calmness in most of his roles, yet is able to come unhinged well here. See one man go from protecting his house to destroying it. I had purchased this film with about 20 others, and it looked silly, was inexpensive, so why not? Plenty of action and agood through line of how an obsessively detailed individual wouldbattle a threat to his environment.
Admittedly it's a bit cheesy in places,but it knows what it is and handles itself very well. And it is changing him. I liked how this filmwas almost self-mocking in parts, though it always kept a straight faceabout it and never went to far. Hell, it even growls and ambushes Bart time and time again. Frankly, I was surprised to know that this movie was directed by George Cosmatos, the creator of such action films as Rambo-2 and Cobra. I wish I was so well versed and I could give you the most complex analysis of the technical specifics.
This man against rat story can I think be viewed two ways: straight up, as a horror film that will be as scary as the viewer's particular fear of rats makes it; or allegorically, as a driven, ambitious man's battle to maintain control over his life and environment. Executive Produced byPierre David The Scanner Series. We feel Weller's injuries too, those sharp stings, from the rat's sharp killer teeth, knowing into us. I would recommend this film for those who like horror movies not only because of special effects. And rats have never seemed more disgusting to me than after watching the ones in this film in all their slimy, greasy glory.
But this is a minor matter. Although some of the man vs. 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. It was filmed on location in , but set in. We're afforded peeks of the destructive, murderous fiend, like in teasing silhouettes, or flashes of it, lurking about, or running across camera, whatever, before we're properly introduced, and wished to hell we weren't. The obligatory birthday song follows.
Parker; edited by Robert Sivli; music by Ken Wannberg; produced by Claude Heroux; released by Warner Bros. I could go deeper into how depressing that metaphor is, but I think we all know what feeling is like. But, remember, it can bring out your feminine side. What's more, the bastard is incredibly smart, and is always at least two steps ahead of his human prey for nearly the entire film. Eventually our hero, driven purely by obsession, takes his version of pest control to brink of lunacy, culminating in an epic, no-holds-barred showdown between man and nature.
The film stars Peter Weller RoboCop , Jennifer Dale Saving Hope and Lawrence Dane Scanners. Forced to enter a rat race of an entirely different sort, Bart takes a stand, with his survival and sanity at stake. The movie opened yesterday at the Rivoli and other theaters. S dialogue, when discovering the topsy turvy'd state of the apartment as having just arrived back, as Weller just claimed victory. Our star seems to be a regular sewer rat, though super-sized like a fat cat , and is exposed as a real rodent, intermixed with a puppet in some shots. And too is the suspense, in wondering where the rat will strike next.
I tend to have a rather obsessive personality, and more than once have let something fairly mundane, like a household project, or a minor physical symptom that I convince myself is cancer, become something that occupies my every waking thought. Peter Weller reallyis superb in the lead role, and I wouldn't be surprised if this filmwas the reason he went on to take the lead role in the classic Sci-Fithriller 'Robocop'. Second of all, Shannon Tweed'sinvolvement, however early in her career, emits an odor of genericnessand illegitimacy. But I guess you can't have everything, and in defense of Warner Bros, the mono track provided here is more than serviceable. Truthfully, the secret to the picture's overall success isn't Peter Weller's inhuman screams or Shannon Tweed's shower scene or rat guts stuck to spiky baseball bats -- it's Cosmastos' ability to make this pint-sized monster seem like a larger than life threat, a full-blown menace.