Willard (2003) is a science fiction thriller horror movie that is a remake of Willard ( 1971) and is loosely based on author Stephen Gilbert‘s novel Ratman’s Notebooks. Director and co-writer Glen Morgan (Final Destination (2000), Final Destination 3 (2006), The One (2001), The X-Files (1993)) did an awesome job with the movie revolving around rats and an awkward, lonely human. The movie contains bad language, one sexual reference about masturbation, suspense, thrills, drama, disturbing scenes with rats and frightening scenes including rats eating humans and pets.
Willard Stiles (Crispin Glover - Back to the Future (1985), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Dead Man (1995), 9 (2009)) has a hard life at home taking care of his sickly fragile mother Henrietta (Jackie Burroughs - The Dead Zone (1983), Lost and Delirious (2001), Avonlea (1990)) that verbally abuses him. He lives in an old raggedy mansion that is festered with rats. Willard’s boss Frank Martin (R. Lee Ermey - Toy Story (1995), Se7en (1995), Full Metal Jacket (1987)) took control of the company after Willard’s father died. He is so cruel that he humiliates Willard in front of his co-workers every chance he has. Willard’s co-worker Cathryn (Laura Elena Harring - The Punisher (2004), Mulholland Drive (2001), John Q (2002)) feels sorry for him and becomes his friend and maybe a little more than that, well in Willards mind at least. Willard soon becomes best friends with a little white rat in his home that he named Socrates. He started to train other rats in his home and named an enormous rat, Ben. Ben thinks he is the boss of the other rats and began to dictate them. Henrietta heard the rats talking one day and fell to her death down the basement stairs.
The rats can understand Willard and will do whatever he wants, even murder someone.Willard gives all of his attention to Socrates and Ben is jealous of that. Ben is trying to turn all of the rats against Willard in an effort to overrun him for liking Socrates. Willard’s friend Cathryn visited Willard and gave him a cat named Scully that is house trained.Willard leaves home to arrive later to a dead Scully that he immediately knew Ben killed.What will Willard do when Catheryn asks about Scully? Will Willard let Ben survive? Will the rats still be his friends after Scully’s death? Is Willard going insane?
I enjoyed watching this movie and would recommend it to all horror fans who likes to see a good rat invasion movie. The crude humor was unexpected but fitted in well to the movie. The director did a wonderful job introducing us to Willard, who I began to connect with and felt compassion toward until I figured out that he was really the…. The set was creative, and the acting was superb, especially Crispin Glover’s acting.
About Willard (2003)
Starring: Ty Olsson, R. Lee Ermey, William S. Taylor, Jackie Burroughs, Crispin Glover, Laura Harring, Kristen Cloke, Gus Lynch, David Parker, Ashlyn Gere, Edward Horn, Laara Sadiq
Director: Glen Morgan