The plot unfolds something like this: A city health inspector has discovered a grain storage facility's rat infestation. She orders the effected, steroid boosted, corn to be burned to ensure it won't be consumed by humans. This sensible act has the unanticipated side effect of leaving a population of dachshund sized rats in search of a food supply abundant enough to meet their insatiable hunger. But where will these massive scavengers find their next source for food?
Reasons to watch: A male teacher thwarting a much younger student's advances to pursue a woman his own age. Canadians in the 80s biking in the snow like it's no big deal. Enter the Dragon clips! Fighting off rats with a blowtorch. Did I mention dachshunds dressed up as rats?...
Dachshunds dressed like rats: The special effects crew made a pretty interesting choice when it came to the rat effects. They made individually fitted rat costumes for a small army of dachshunds (and a few terriers) who were only able to work in 5 min bursts over period of 2 hours a day. Whether that worked out to be easier than building mechanical rats we couldn't say for sure, but the effect is spectacularly creepy. There's not an everyday reason to notice how much a dachshund moves like a huge rat, but you can't really forget once know.
“That guy!” moment with: Scatman Crothers
The director: This is the only horror movie that Robert Clouse directed (and the only horror movie Golden Harvest produced), mostly he directed amazing and amazingly bad action films: Gymkata, Force: Five, Golden Needles, Black Belt Jones, and Enter the Dragon. (Yes, Enter the Dragon, another film produced by Golden Harvest.)
What we learned: Sweaty dachshund wrangler is now on our list of jobs we don't want.