Willard (2003)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Horror, Thriller


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


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  • Crispin Glover and Glen Morgan in Willard (2003)
  • Crispin Glover and Glen Morgan in Willard (2003)
  • (left to right) Animal Stunt Coordinator Boone Narr with Animal Trainers Kim Bonham and William Grisco.
  • Crispin Glover and Laura Harring in Willard (2003)
  • Crispin Glover in Willard (2003)
  • Animal trainer Drew Thompson.

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9 November 2003 | Erewhon
7
| One of the rare remakes that's superior to the original
New Line had only six weeks to promote this film -- according to the outstanding documentary on the DVD -- and blew it anyway. They were targeting teenage boys when they should have been targeting older people and teenage >girls<.

Glen Morgan directs in a very interesting stylized fashion almost as eccentric as David Lynch or Tim Burton, and Crispin Glover gives a knockout performance in the title role. It's a dark, twisted story, just as it should be; the original WILLARD lightened up the very strange novel, but this one takes several big steps in the direction of the novel. (Not so far as to have Willard Styles wear a rat mask, though.)

The movie does have some awkward elements; the pacing is a bit off, probably because the structure is askew a bit, but overall, it's a fascinating, creepy movie, very well made with fine performances. And either the original ending or the reshot one would have satisfied me.

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,000,000 16 March 2003

Gross USA:

$6,886,089

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,564,586

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