Written by: Nick Frame on June 5th, 2006
Release Dates: USA, 1995
Director: Dan Golden
Cast: Adrienne Barbeau, Maria Ford, Kevin Alber, Olga Kabo
DVD released: June 19th, 2006
Approximate running time: 81 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1 | English DTS | English 2.0
DVD Release: Anchor Bay UK
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL
Retail Price: £14.99
“I am the Queen of Vermin”
I’m a fan of B-Movies as much as the next guy, hell my collection is full of Roger Corman’s MGM Midnite Movie classics and I love every one of them. However when Corman decided to use the near bankrupt Mosfilm studios in Russia, although admirable, I’m sure nobody expected a piece of crap like “Bram Stoker’s Burial of the Rats”. Mr Stoker must spinning in his grave, for one of his short stories to be bastardised like this. I’m pretty sure Stoker did not imagine his Rat women to be sporting furry bikinis and bad perms. Anyway the story goes like this; Bram Stoker has been captured by some Rat worshipping women and taken back to their lair and their queen – a scenery chewing Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog). However one of his captors, Madeleine, is falling for him and ultimately saves him from a fate worse than death. As a result Bram decides to help the Rat Women in their cause and will write about their daring exploits which will in turn striker fear into the evil men of the kingdom. Meanwhile during an attack Madeleine goes missing and Bram is of course desperate to save her but the Queen is unsure until Bram proves his worth by officially joining their clan through blood drinking at an initiation ceremony. Will Bram save his beloved in time, will the sanctity of the Rat lair be protected by the busty sword wielding warriors or will you have turned off your DVD player after the first 15 minutes! Only you can decide.
This is dire stuff, poor acting, and a ridiculous premise and despite its short run time seems to go on forever. I know it’s only a low budget made for TV movie but come on, Roger Corman should know better than this. Good points? Not much but the sets are quite impressive and Maria Ford is good to look at in addition to all the other T & A on show. It’s not enough though and I really can’t recommend this at all. Also note that Barbeau simply describes this as “that rat movie!” For Corman completists only and Z-grade movie fans.
The DVD itself is fine, the image is a little soft and grainy in darker scenes and generally not too sharp, however for a TV movie its looks ok. The audio too is average at best despite sporting 5.1 and DTS remixes. The action all comes from the centre speakers with very little use of the surrounds. There is also the original 2.0 track and removable English subtitles. Extras are minimal with only the original trailer, bios for Barbeau and Ford and some film production notes rounding off the disc.
Not one of Anchor Bay’s finest moments, a beer and pizza film this is not and one to be avoided.
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