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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

[Musophobia] eRATicate (2003, Short Film)

"Once upon a time, there was a girl and her rats. The rats were the girl's only friends. They spent every moment together. Until one day, when the girl met a boy. The boy and the rats immediately hated each other. They all yearned for the girl's attention. Soon enough, the girl began to favor the boy. The rats were not pleased. They demanded revenge!"--Official Synopsis
This 2003 short film, clocking in at about 10 minutes, was shot in B&W on 8mm.  It's a silent film, complete with old fashioned intertitles, and the actors over-emote as was the norm in the old days of cinema.  Despite their best efforts, it doesn't look like an old silent film and it doesn't feel like an old silent film. It just feels like a modern film failing in its attempt to appear vintage.

I didn't find it expertly done or all that enthralling.  However, it is worth a watch if for no other reason than to see how genius these rats are when it comes to homicide.  They don't scratch and gnaw their prey to death...they murder them in very human ways.  These boys make Pinky and the Brain look like complete dolts (even more so than Pinky did all by himself).

Click HERE to view the film's official homepage--if nothing else, the movie's logo is pretty damn awesome.

eRATicate from Ross Williams on Vimeo.


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