No matter what the budget or subject matter, THE GATE director Tibor Takács somehow always manages to bring a large scope, clean aesthetic, and creepy mood to his films. Such is the case, again, in KILLER RATS, a cheapie creature-feature that actually has bite! Investigative reporter Jennifer enters The Brookdale Institute posing as a troubled teen in order to expose the abusive staff, but what she finds instead is that a pack a genetically-altered killer rats has been released from the bowels below to rain terror upon the discarded teens trapped inside. At first glance, it is easy to dismiss the computerized rats since they are easy to spot, but for the budget, they are well designed and very frightening looking (not to mention vicious!). Takács gains access to a number of impressive locations in the dingy basements and boiler rooms below the institute, which lend a grimy aesthetic to the already chilling mood that has been set by the score and camera work. Just like in THE GATE and MOSQUITO MAN, Tibor Takács brings more skill and energy to this otherwise average killer animal tale than it really deserves.
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