Ratings Key

= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Deadly Eyes (1982)

...aka: Night Eyes
...aka: Rats, The

Directed by:
Robert Clouse

A toxic waste leak in the Toronto subway system results in giant, ravenous rodents that pop up just in time for the opening of the Mayor’s new subway extension. Falling into the mix are a high school teacher (Sam Groom) who falls for a public health inspector (Sara Botsford) while fending off the advances of a blonde student (Lisa Langlois), plus corrupt city officials who get what they deserve. There’s an amusing attack scene in a movie theater showing Bruce Lee movies (the director is best known for the martial arts classic ENTER THE DRAGON), a child is killed and the effects seemed to have been achieved by sticking small dogs in rat suits. It's based on the novel "The Rats" by James Herbert and also features Scatman Crothers, Cec Linder, Lesleh Donaldson, James B. Douglas and Michael McManus as the mayor. A co-production between Canada's one-shot Filmthrust Productions and Hong Kong's prolific Golden Harvest Company.

Score: 4 out of 10

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