Deadly Eyes – aka The Rats and Night Eyes – is a 1982 Canadian horror feature film directed by Robert Clouse (Enter the Dragon), very loosely based on the horror novel The Rats by James Herbert. The movie stars Scatman Crothers, Sam Groom, Sara Botsford and Lisa Langlois.
Corn grain contaminated with steroids produces large rats the size of small dogs who begin feeding on the residents of Toronto. Paul, a college basketball coach, teams up with Kelly, a local health inspector, to uncover the source of the mysterious rat attacks. They rush to try and prevent the opening of a new subway line as well as find the mutant rats nest. The whole of the city is under threat…
Dachshunds wearing rat suits were used in the filming of Deadly Eyes to achieve the effect of super-sized rodents.
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“Despite its pedestrian plot, Clouse pays tribute to the midnight movies before him. In a Blob-like moment and one of the better set pieces, the giant rats descend upon a movie house where unsuspecting teenagers are watching Clouse’s Bruce Lee epic Game of Death (where the bride of Kill Bill got her get-up). One wishes Clouse had more fun, campy moments like this…” Jeffery Berg, JBDRecords
“Go along with the formulaic plot and you’ll be rewarded with some solid characters,a fair bit of gore and a decent enough early 80s horror TV movie-like experience.” Eat My Brains
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