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The original Willard will be on TCM

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The 1971 cult horror film will be on March 24 2018 at 2:45AM.

I have always liked this one about a disturbed man named Willard who trains an army of rats to do his bidding. Bruce Davison's performance is excellent and the film is surprisingly effective. Elsa Lanchester appears as Willard's nagging mother and Ernest Borgnine is the boss from hell. Don't miss this if you like horror films of this period.

There was a remake in 2003 which didn't work at all. Crispin Glover overacts as Willard and does not generate the sympathy we got from Davison's portrayal. 

Any fans of the original?

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I just re watched this On Demand. It was the first time in years I have seen it.

I was surprised how tame the horror scenes were, but the early scenes of Willard's loneliness and attachment to the rats were still very effective. Anyone who is scared of rats will still be creeped out by it. 


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