Directed By: Glen Morgan Starring: Crispin Glover

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A young man with an unusual connection with rats, uses them at his own sociopathic will.


Studio New Line
SKU 40227363
UPC 794043641923
UPC 14 00794043641923
Format DVD
Release Date 4/27/2010
Rating Rating
Black Comedy
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Glen Morgan's WILLARD stars Crispin Glover in the title role as a socially awkward loner who lives with his ailing mother (Jackie Burroughs) in a decrepit old house. Trapped between duties at home and working at a dreary company formerly owned by his deceased father, Willard leads a bleak and routine existence until he befriends Socrates, an albino rat living in the basement. This new friendship leads to an affinity for the ever-growing rodent population under his house, and soon Willard discovers the rats will do anything he tells them. When Willard is pushed too far by his bullying boss (R. Lee Ermey), he decides to use his four-legged companions to get revenge.^A perfect pairing of actor and character, Glover is ideal as Willard in this Burton-esque remake of the 1971 cult horror film. Widely known as an introvert and eccentric in real life, Glover expertly transfers his quirks to Willard in a giddily affected performance that ranges from subdued to outraged. Ermey (of FULL METAL JACKET) and Laura Elena Harring (of MULHOLLAND DRIVE) provide excellent support as his dictatorial boss and concerned coworker, respectively, but the true costars of this thriller are two rodents, the affectionate Socrates and the imposing, cat-sized Ben. Although some of the rat scenes are rendered with animatronics or CGI animation, the majority of Glover's scenes with Socrates and Ben involve real animal actors who convey distinct personalities and factor heavily into the story. The clever and darkly comic script even manages to bring in an element of the original film by featuring photos and paintings of Bruce Davison, star of the earlier film, as Willard's dead father. And be sure to listen for both a young Michael Jackson and Glover himself singing WILLARD's adopted theme song, "Ben."
Rolling Stone "...Nobody plays a sick twist better than Crispin Glover....Want your skin to crawl? This one's for you..." 04/03/2003 p.77
Entertainment Weekly "...[Glover] plays it straight and intense...building each scene to an elegant Gloverish crescendo of fear and loathing and operatic hysteria..." 03/21/2003 p.86
Box Office "...[Glover] is a sympathetic Willard; his panicked grief gives the movie a kick....WILLARD also has a rapid-fire Ermey performance that nearly burns up the screen..." 05/01/2003 p.60
Chicago Sun-Times "...The human actors are good..." 10/03/2003 p.13
Uncut "Glen Morgan's direction has the quirky stylisation of a kid's movie -- think MOUSEHUNT gone seriously wrong." 10/01/2004 p.153
Glen Morgan
Crispin Glover
Cast & Crew
Crispin Glover - Actor
Jackie Burroughs - Actor
Kim McKamy - Actor
Laura Harring - Actor
R. Lee Ermey - Actor
William S. Taylor - Actor
Gilbert Ralston - Based On Novel By
Robert McLachlan - Cinematographer
Glen Morgan - Director
James Coblentz - Editor
James Wong - Producer
Glen Morgan - Producer
Glen Morgan - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 6419
UPC 00794043641923
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 100 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The best thing in the movie is Crispin Glover's performance. He affects dark, sunken eyes, and a slight stoop, and is very pale, and has one of those haircuts that shouts out: Look how gothic and miserable I am. There is real wit in the performance. And wit, too, in R. Lee Ermey's performance as the boss, which draws heavily on Ermey's real-life experience as a drill sergeant.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review It's inaccurate to say that I was disappointed by Willard, since my expectations weren't high. Nevertheless, how can someone normally unsettled by rats be unaffected by the sight of hundreds of them swarming? Shouldn't the film have some power in this area, if only on a visceral level? And, because of Glover's relentlessly over-the-top portrayal, we don't have the opportunity to sympathize with Willard. The original film may have been grade-B horror, but a "B" is too high a mark for the remake. At least in 1971, the rodents were flesh and blood instead of pixels.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource San Francisco Examiner
Review Morgan, who penned episodes of "The X-Files" as well as the fairly clever screenplays for Final Destination and The One, makes his directorial debut with Willard. It's an affectionate tribute to the original film and its 1972 sequel Ben, and it also captures the feel of the classic E.C. horror comics from the 1950s--immortalized in Stephen King and George A. Romero's 1982 film Creepshow.
Reviewer Jeffrey M. Anderson
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Glover,Crispin
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Want your skin to crawl? This one's for you.
Tony Toscano, Talking Pictures ...the best remake ever.

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