The rats are on the rampage in two classic 1970s horrors, Willard and Ben which make their UK home entertainment debut in newly restored versions complete with brand new special features. They arrive together as a Limited Edition Blu-ray Boxset and as individual releases on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as on-demand and download courtesy of Second Sight Films and we have two sets of the individual films on Blu-ray.
Daniel Mann’s 1971 classic horror film based on Ratman’s Notebooks by Stephen Gilbert, inspired a new generation of horror films with animal predators and stars Bruce Davison as the eponymous Willard alongside Ernest Borgnine, Elsa Lanchester in one of her last ever appearances and Sondra Locke.
Meek misfit Willard Stiles doesn’t have much going for him. His overbearing mother constantly screams at him, he’s ruthlessly bullied by the boss who stole his father’s business and mercilessly laughed at by his co-workers. Willard eventually turns to a colony of rats for friendship and with training they will soon do anything for their new friend. It’s time for Willard to get even.
With its world-famous theme song sung by the one and only Michael Jackson, Ben the sequel to Willard was originally released in 1972 and stars Lee Montgomery as Danny Garrison alongside Joseph Campanella and is directed by Phil Karlson.
Danny is a lonely young boy with a heart condition who finds a friend in Ben, a rat once trained by misfit Willard Stiles. His new best friend protects him from bullying and keeps his spirits up through hard times. But all is not well in Ben’s colony and the other rodents terrify the town with a series of violent attacks. The police are determined to wipe them out. Can Ben survive?
Who will prevail in the battle of rat versus human?
Who sang the theme tune for Ben?
1) Michal Buble
2) Michael Jackson
3) Roland Rat