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new breed of friendship.
an updated version of the 1971 classic, the ever-creepy Crispin
Glover plays Willard Stiles. Willard's father has committed suicide
after his company is bought out by his former partner Frank Martin,
played by R Lee Eremy. Martin, to be nice to Willard's aging mother,
agreed to give Willard a job as long as his mother is alive. Martin
pushes all of Willard's buttons every chance he gets and make
it clear that he does not like or care for him in any form what
so ever. The best part of all this is R Lee, who is just awesome
when he gets it going. Back at home, Willard's mother is a creepy,
paranoid old bag who thinks Willard is always going to leave her,
and spends all day whining and moaning to her son.
old Stiles mansion also has a small rat problem, by small I mean
about 1,000 rats per every one human in the house. While trying
to eliminate the rats, Willard comes across a white rat who he
spares and names Socrates. Willard and Socrates quickly become
friends and Willard gives Socrates special privileges in the house
in return for Socrates keeping the other rats in control. This
bides over fine until Ben, the largest of the rats, begins to
get jealous. After some brief training and preparation Willard
uses his rodent horde to wreck havoc on all those who have wronged
him, but at what cost to himself?
the original, this one is a definite horror flick. Glover is out
for retribution and the image of him in the trench coat with two
large luggage bags or rats is quite frightening. Although not
a lot of gore, you just get that feeling of eeeewwww from watching
all of the rats run around the set and actors. The shining spot
for me is R Lees Frank Martin, he is dispisable and you
just love him for it. I love the scene where he is looking at
internet porn in his office. I liked the original better, but
this was a good update and had a great cast. Worth a rent over
out of 10
new breed of friendship.
have to admit: I wasn't expecting much. But at $5 during a "Buy
2 get 2" sale at my local video chain, I couldn't resist.
In my mind, Glover's performance in The River's Edge was
enough for me to check out anything in which he may show up, and
forgive a lifetime of David Letterman-styled kicks to the head.
was pleasantly surprised. Willard is dark and creepy, and
has several of those "HOLY $#%!!" moments I love so
well; in this case overhead shots of thousands of rats pouring
into a room while Glover just stands there, clearly their commander,
did the trick.
only that, but Willard is also a very funny black comedy.
When his mother bemoans her son's horrible life of torment by
his peers and lack of interest from the opposite sex, she blames
it all on his weak name and announces "from now on, your
name is Clark." And proceeds to call him that for the rest
of the film. That bizarre moment of randomness becomes characteristic
of the film, and several such moments are peppered throughout.
acting is terrific all around (even though there are really only
2 main characters and 2 supporting) and, while everything Prime
mentioned about genre favorite R. Lee Ermey is true, the film
simply wouldn't work without a solid, believable performance by
Crispin Glover. Thankfully, he delivers, in a turn that is alternately
(and sometimes simultaneously) creepy, horrifying, and sympathetic.
The film itself works in a similar fashion; in one scene without
any actors whatsoever, it almost brought Burrito to tears (don't
tell him; he'll kill me).
short, Willard works. I give it 8 out of 10 cats who can
use the remote control.
Glen Morgan, Gilbert Ralston
Glover .... Willard Stiles
R. Lee Ermey .... Frank Martin
Laura Harring .... Cathryn (as Laura Elena Harring)
Jackie Burroughs .... Henrietta Stiles
Kim McKamy .... Ms. Leach (as Kimberly Patton)
William S. Taylor .... Mr. Garter
Edward Horn .... Colquitt
Gus Lynch .... George Foxx
Laara Sadiq .... Janice Mantis
David Parker .... Detective Boxer
Ty Olsson .... Officer Salmon