1922

★★☆☆ – (2017) – A farmer who kills his wife over land is later haunted by her ghost and terrorized by rats. Takes forever to get going, but eventually hits a mysterious and involving stride. When all is said and done, however, nothing much is amounted to as nothing new is ever put forth. On the bright side, Thomas Jane is terrific.

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Bats: Human Harvest

★☆☆☆ – (2007) – Russian and American troops encounter pissed off bats while searching for rebels. Pretends it’s military authentic by speaking macho jargon (often with horrid accents), but feels like a bunch of amateurs playing with toy guns and CGI bats. Embarrassing.

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Bats

★★☆☆ – (1999) – Scientifically engineered bats tear apart a small town fang by bloody fang. Close to exciting during moments of mayhem, but subsequent scenes are crippled by lousy dialog and routine characters. Not exactly innovative, but often amusing.

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Nosferatu the Vampyre

★½☆☆ – (1979) – A vampire relocates to a new town and brings with him rats and death. Count Dracula sure looks creepy, but he, like the rest of the film, doesn’t do much. Mistakes slow motion for artistry while the plot has too many standstill moments.

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Of Unknown Origin

★★½☆ – (1983) – A man who’s alone in his self-renovated house confronts a persistently wicked rat. Suffers in the area of human drama, and gets silly at times, but the concept and ideas are steadily enjoyable on subtle levels. Thin, but often creepy.

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Nightmares

★★★☆ – (1983) – Anthology of four stories that focus on an escaped lunatic, a video game junkie, a faithless priest and a giant rat. More than a little entertaining as a whole, as the stories range from creepy to innovative to familiar to downright scary. Hard to find faults in this realm of ’80s bliss.

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