#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – A lonely boy named Danny Garrison befriends Ben, the rat leader of the swarm of rats trained by Willard Stiles. Ben becomes the boy’s best friend, protecting him from bullying and keeping his spirits up in the face of a heart condition. However, things gradually take a downward turn as Ben’s swarm becomes violent, resulting in several deaths.
Plot: A lonely boy becomes good friends with Ben, a rat. This rat is also the leader of a pack of vicious killer rats, killing lots of people.
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First Time a Horror Villain Made Me Cry
This is one of those films that you hear about for years but never get the chance to see. I’ve been aching to see this for ages, but never came across it until recently. It’s not a bad little piece of early ’70s horror, really. Actually, I only have two major gripes: First, the kid. He made me want to feed him to the rats for the majority of the film. The strange marionette obsession, the circus-like songs he ‘wrote’, the annoying heavy breathing when he’d supposedly overexerted himself….the kid’s weird and in a male-Shirley-Temple kind of way. He’s creepier than Ben ever thought about being. But I suppose it was meant to make his outcast status believable, in which case it works beautifully. No other kid in their right mind would hang out with Danny! My second gripe is with the climax of the film. Frankly, it just runs on too bloody long. Seems like watching the same scene over and over for twenty minutes, which is monotonous. Aside from these two small quibbles, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Ben’. I’ve never had a horror villain make me cry before, but Ben not only had me all weepy at the end but I was rooting for him pretty much the whole movie. He’s just so darn cute!
“The Territorial Imperative – Lebensraum”
After all the much anticipated ballyhoo to track down this rather difficult film to find – I was glad I saw it…for now just the one time if you please. Willard, its predecessor, was one creepy, deliciously black film with a unique story and some performances. You know…from actors. Bruce Davison was really quite good in that lead. Then there was Elsa Lanchester and, of course, Ernest Borgnine hamming it up as the mean Mr. Martin. What do we get in Ben? Acting is not its strong suit for sure. The film begins with Willard’s demise. Immediately after the police and all the neighbors gawk at – what? There is a dead guy in the attic…anyway…of those neighbors standing outside is a family of three…a mother, a daughter, and a son. They become important once poison becomes the prescribed means to rid the town of the rats. The rats head for the sewers but Ben(not the Ben from Willard that was mean and nasty – but a kinder Ben – yes, he still has people stripped of their flesh by his rat army – but this go round he befriends a small boy with a bad heart who owns and makes his own marionettes, races around a room playing a harmonica, crawls through the sewers with only a slight cough afterward, and, in my favorite scene demonstrating his ridiculousness, composes an Oscar-nominated song in the matter of two minutes or so. Now, in his scenes with the small boy we get “Gentle Ben.” Okay, so I am being a bit sarcastic and this film deserves it for it really is not all that good. Lee Harcourt Montgomery plays the annoying youth in a most sickening fashion yet, by the film’s end, I was a bit touched by the final scene between a boy and his rat. Back to the film. The rest of the actors of note are Joseph Campanella as a police detective having really little to do. Even less to do is Arthur O’Connell in a role as the city’s apparent only newspaperman. He is incredibly wasted though has the film’s best lines laced sporadically around either the “rat action” or Danny’s interplay with his puppets or rat. The scenes where the rats either kill, attack, or destroy are pretty funny. Nothing was chilling at all. How about the rats at the fitness center? What a hoot! What about the rats in the supermarket? Or when they “attack” sewer workers? Let’s be honest – this film does have heart. It really does not have much else going for it EXCEPT that aforementioned Oscar-nominated song…sung by Michael Jackson and coming in the film with possibly less then five minutes. Before that it is word-sung by Danny, quickly tooted out on a harmonica, and given bits here and there in the film’s score. Meredith Baxter of Family Ties fame plays Danny’s sister and has a somewhat meaty role.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 34 min (94 min)
Genre Horror, Thriller
Director Phil Karlson
Writer Stephen Gilbert, Gilbert Ralston
Actors Lee Montgomery, Joseph Campanella, Arthur O’Connell
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 1 win & 1 nomination total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm