WILLARD

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Release Date: March 14, 2003

Starring: Crispin Glover, R. Lee Ermey
and Laura Elena Harring

Genre: Horror

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Eric Rice Crispin Glover plays
the title role in WILLARD as
Willard Stiles, a pale,
reclusive introvert who wears
his dead father's old suits
and lives with his demented,
dying mother in a rotting
gothic home. Willard works for
Mr. Martin (R. Lee Ermey) of
Martin & Stiles Metals, as a
clerk in a 1950s style boiler
room office with several other
tired looking employees.
Willard is despised by Martin,
screamed at daily and told
that he will lose his job the
moment his mother dies. One
evening, his horrible looking
mother (played terrifyingly by
Jackie Burroughs) tells him
there are rats in the cellar.
. . she can smell them. At
first, Willard, who
alternately loves, fears and
despises his mother, tries to
kill the rats, but, after
catching one white rat alive,
he decides to be a caretaker
of the rodents, even naming
the white one Socrates, and a
huge black one, Ben. Willard
is rewarded by the rats for
his kindness. They follow his
verbal commands, all under the
watchful beady eyes of Ben and
Socrates. As his mother grows
weaker and the work
environment grows more hostile
(except for one temp who is
kind to Willard), Willard
grows more attached to
Socrates, even letting the
vermin sleep next to him on
the pillow. Ben, however, is
not invited and a small rift
appears in the
relationship. After a
particularly nasty run-in with
Mr. Martin, Willard directs
the rats to get into some
traveling bags. He takes them
to Martin's home, where they
chew the tires on the boss'
new Mercedes! Friendship with
Socrates, a nice girl at work
and revenge are the catalysts
for Willard's happiness,
giving him new purpose in
life. But then, his mother
dies. . . . The movie WILLARD,
a remake of a 1971 film, pulls
no punches. From the opening
credits to the fade to black,
Willard is designed as a
comic-book-style movie. Dark,
creepy interiors combined with
wide-angle lenses give Glover
a surreal "Ratman-esque" feel.
His mother is scarier than any
of the rats, and adds a sick
humor to the dark, rotting
environment, by insisting she
call him "Clark" because it's
manlier than
"Willard." Designed for a
teenage audience, Willard is
creepy enough to draw the
children, yet should be
avoided for its violence, foul
language and horrible
depictions of death by
rat-bite. Glover was charming
as "McFly" in the BACK TO THE
FUTURE series, but is pale,
sickly and demented to the max
as Willard. Unless you love
horror films or rats, WILLARD
is one creepy ride you might
want to avoid. Please address
your comments to: Robert Shaye
& Michael
Lynne Co-Chairman/Co-CEO New
Line Cinema 116 North
Robertson Blvd. Suite 200 Los
Angeles, CA 90048 Phone: (310)
854-5811 Fax: (310)
659-3568 Website:
www.newline.com

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 110 minutes

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Director: Glen Morgan

Executive Producer:

Producer: Glen Morgan and James
Wong EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Richard Brener, Bill Carraro
and Toby Emmerich

Writer: Glen Morgan BASED ON THE
NOVEL: RATMAN'S NOTEBOOKS by
Stephen Gilbert

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Content:

(H, L, VV, S, M) Dark humanist worldview of a friendless young man who goes mad with revenge after befriending some very intelligent rats; about six obscenities, including one "f" word, and two strong profanities; scary, creepy violence including people attacked by rats, rats bite people and rat killed with rod; allusion of an affair and man views Internet porn before getting killed; no nudity shown; no alcohol; no smoking; and, bullying and revenge.

GENRE: Horror

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Summary:

WILLARD is the remake of a 1971 movie and is about a friendless young man who uses his control over a bunch of rats to get revenge. Designed for a teenage audience, WILLARD is creepy enough to draw the children, yet probably should be avoided for its violence, foul language and horrible depictions of death by rat-bite.

Review:

Crispin Glover plays the title role in WILLARD as Willard Stiles, a pale, reclusive introvert who wears his dead father's old suits and lives with his demented, dying mother in a rotting gothic home. Willard works for Mr. Martin (R. Lee Ermey) of Martin & Stiles Metals, as a clerk in a 1950s style boiler room office with several other tired looking employees. Willard is despised by Martin, screamed at daily and told that he will lose his job the moment his mother dies.

One evening, his horrible looking mother (played terrifyingly by Jackie Burroughs) tells him there are rats in the cellar. . . she can smell them. At first, Willard, who alternately loves, fears and despises his mother, tries to kill the rats, but, after catching one white rat alive, he decides to be a caretaker of the rodents, even naming the white one Socrates, and a huge black one, Ben.

Willard is rewarded by the rats for his kindness. They follow his verbal commands, all under the watchful beady eyes of Ben and Socrates.

As his mother grows weaker and the work environment grows more hostile (except for one temp who is kind to Willard), Willard grows more attached to Socrates, even letting the vermin sleep next to him on the pillow. Ben, however, is not invited and a small rift appears in the relationship.

After a particularly nasty run-in with Mr. Martin, Willard directs the rats to get into some traveling bags. He takes them to Martin's home, where they chew the tires on the boss' new Mercedes! Friendship with Socrates, a nice girl at work and revenge are the catalysts for Willard's happiness, giving him new purpose in life.

But then, his mother dies. . . .

The movie WILLARD, a remake of a 1971 film, pulls no punches. From the opening credits to the fade to black, Willard is designed as a comic-book-style movie. Dark, creepy interiors combined with wide-angle lenses give Glover a surreal "Ratman-esque" feel. His mother is scarier than any of the rats, and adds a sick humor to the dark, rotting environment, by insisting she call him "Clark" because it's manlier than "Willard."

Designed for a teenage audience, Willard is creepy enough to draw the children, yet should be avoided for its violence, foul language and horrible depictions of death by rat-bite. Glover was charming as "McFly" in the BACK TO THE FUTURE series, but is pale, sickly and demented to the max as Willard.

Unless you love horror films or rats, WILLARD is one creepy ride you might want to avoid.

Please address your comments to:

Robert Shaye & Michael Lynne

Co-Chairman/Co-CEO

New Line Cinema

116 North Robertson Blvd.

Suite 200

Los Angeles, CA 90048

Phone: (310) 854-5811

Fax: (310) 659-3568

Website: www.newline.com

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