DEADLY EYES aka THE RATS (1982) Reviews and overview

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Deadly Eyes is a 1982 Canadian horror film about contaminated grain that causes rats to become huge and attack the residents of a city. Also known as The Rats and Night Eyes

Directed by Robert Clouse (Enter the Dragon) from a screenplay co-written by Lonon F. Smith and Charles H. Eglee, very loosely based on the horror novel The Rats by James Herbert. Co-roduced by Charles H. Eglee, Paul Kahnert and Jeff Schechtman.

The movie stars Sam Groom, Sara Botsford, Scatman Crothers, Cec Linder, Lisa Langlois and Lesleh Donaldson.


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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“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

“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…” JBDRecords

“ …kind of fun in its own lowbrow way, retaining some of the sleazy energy of James Herbert book while at the same time providing yet another good argument to the opponents of genetically modified foodstuffs… add to that some nice photography by the steadfast “human dolly” René Verzier, and plenty of TTC streetcars clanging their way beneath a fluttering American flag, and you have one of the most Canadian horror films ever made.” Caelum Vatnsdal, They Came from Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema – Arbiter Ring Publishing, 2014 (revised and expanded 2nd edition)

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Cast and characters:

Sam Groom … Paul Harris
Sara Botsford … Kelly Leonard
Scatman Crothers … George Foskins
Cec Linder … Doctor Louis Spenser
Lisa Langlois … Trudy White
Lesleh Donaldson … Martha
James B. Douglas James B. Douglas … Mel Dederick
Lee-Max Walton … Tim Harris
Joseph Kelly … Matt
Kevin Foxx … Hoserman
Jon Wise … Skip
Wendy Bushell … Liz
Charles Jolliffe … Henry Younger
Dora Dainton … Mrs Trumbull
Michael Fawkes … Motorman
Michael Mark McManus … Mayor Rizetti
George Merner … Lester Hymes
Roger Dunn … Doctor Gordon
Jaime Hyland … Baby Caroline
Bridget O’Sullivan … Bowling Shoe Lady
Bunty Webb … Bowling Lady
Guy Sanvido … Neighbor
David Cardoza … Fumigator
Jack Van Evera … Tommy Da Spiva
Paul MacCallum … Reporter
David Hughes … Official
Til Hanson … Ticket Lady
Steven Fearnley … Liz’s Boyfriend
Tod Woodcroft … Youngster
Michael Hogan … Cop in Subway
John Stephen Hill … Police Official

Filming locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

87 minutes
Audio: Mono
Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1


Creature Features

Canadian Horror


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