review for Rats on AllMovie

Rats (1983)
by Robert Firsching review

One particularly nauseating scene in Rats: Night of Terror has a rat crawl between Moune Duvivier's legs. Later, when the bikers find her corpse, the rat crawls out of her mouth, having apparently made itself quite a tunnel. Hungry rodents burst from one character's back, chew on a lot of faces, and ingeniously bite through the wheels of the bikers' cycles, making escape impossible. In the meantime, there is a lot of annoying infighting and bickering of the sort that has passed for "character development" ever since Alien. The "shock-ending," featuring rat-faced humanoids, is completely ridiculous. The film on the whole is workmanlike, and although screenwriters Claudio Fragasso and Herve Piccini throw in enough surprises and icky moments to keep viewers awake, Bruno Mattei never really finds a rhythm. That's typical of his pictures, which always seem to come across as Lucio Fulci wannabes, without Fulci's sense of mood or style. Still, for what it's worth, Rats remains one of Mattei's more watchable efforts.