Willard

Willard

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Director: Glen Morgan

Cast: Crispin Glover, R. Lee Ermey, Laura Elena Harring

     
 

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First and foremost, New Line Cinema should be commended for the amazing job they did in assembling the overabundant wealth of extra features for their DVD release of Willard. Having performed only moderately well at the box office, this quirky and fun little chiller certainly deserved a better fate than it received in theatrical release, if not for anything

Overview

First and foremost, New Line Cinema should be commended for the amazing job they did in assembling the overabundant wealth of extra features for their DVD release of Willard. Having performed only moderately well at the box office, this quirky and fun little chiller certainly deserved a better fate than it received in theatrical release, if not for anything else than the dementedly unhinged performance by the engagingly eccentric Crispin Glover. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is pristine, with Robert McLachlan's moody photography translating well to the small screen. Viewers can virtually smell the stagnant air in Willard's crumbling estate, and the image possesses spot-on skin tones, solid blacks, and vivid colors. Given that this is a release of such a recent film, it likely goes without saying that the quality of the print is near flawless, with no signs of speckling or wear. In a film that relies on the fear of rats to jangle its viewer's nerves, the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack will certainly offer its fair share of hair-raising moments as virtual tidal waves of rodents scurry from speaker to speaker. So now that we've covered the film itself, how about those juicy extra features? Kicking things off with an audio commentary track featuring director Glenn Morgan, producer James Wong and actors Crispin Glover and R. Lee Ermey, there is little silence in the lively conversation. From Morgan citing his various Hitchcockian shots to Glover keeping close track of the real tears he shed during filming, this may not be the most technical commentary ever recorded, but it rarely fails to entertain. Optional commentary is also provided over the 12 deleted scenes from the film, most of which were removed to either speed up the film's pace or keep it from receiving an R rating. An assistant to the director compiled production footage for the informative making-of documentary "The Year of the Rat" (which runs over an hour), and the appeal of the featured rodents is explored in "Rat People: Friends or Foes," which includes a fascinating interview with Chicago's infamous "Rat Lady" among many other rat advocates and exterminators. A music video for Crispin Glover's rendition of the song "Ben" is also included, with optional, rapid-fire commentary by the singer/director. In addition to multiple trailers and television spots, viewers can access script-to-screen and trivia features via DVD-ROM materials.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
It may not be the breakout hit that earns lead Crispin Glover the recognition he so deserves after toiling away for more than two decades in supporting roles, but director Glen Morgan's updating of the 1971 cult classic nevertheless remains an entertaining effort and an ideal vehicle for Glover's quirky nervous intensity. Stylishly shot by Morgan and cinematographer Robert McLachlan, Willard successfully plays up the lush gothic surroundings in which the eponymous character slowly fades under the watchful eye of his overbearing mother. Encapsulating the essence of a true outsider as few could, audiences are able to sympathize with Glover's character as the hapless loner suffers both at home and at work under the wrath of his barking pit bull of a boss. An interesting choice to play a shrewd businessman given his universally accepted drill-instructor persona, R. Lee Ermey offers an effective performance as a ruthless and greed-driven office tyrant who slowly pushes Willard over the edge in his conniving bid to overpower the family business. As Glover's decent into madness accelerates and his intensity begins to boil over, viewers are offered one of the actor's most memorable and satisfying voyages into unhinged psychosis thus far. His portrayal of his character's relationship with his rats shows a man well versed in the basic politics of business but unable to transfer that keen understanding into a social-based reality. Gradually becoming an animal trapped in his own maze of mental decay, Willard's relationship with the rats offers an interesting and effective parallel to his work environment. Although viewers expecting to be frightened are likely to walk away disappointed, those seeking a dark and quirky study in mental erosion liberally peppered with black humor are in for a neglected treat.
Village Voice - Michael Atkinson
In a culture clogged with appropriated effluvia and remake cop-outs, Willard is wittier and nastier than we deserve.
Time Magazine
Glover, as usual, is phenomenal. Joel Stein
L.A. Weekly - Chuck Wilson
It's one of many references to the movie-wise, but a resonant one, for Glover's performance turns out to be shockingly emotional, drawn as daringly close to the bone -- within this story's limited thematic range -- as Anthony Perkins' work in Hitchcock's seminal film.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
UPC:
0794043641923
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
33,785

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen and full-screen versions of the film; 12 deleted/alternate scenes with optional commentary; Filmmaker commentary with director Glen Morgan, producer James Wong, and actors Crispin Glover and R. Lee Ermey; "The Year of the Rat" documentary on the making of Willard; "Rat People: Friends or Foes?"; Music video "Ben" by Crispin Hellion Glover, with optional commentary; Theatrical trailer; TV spots; DVD-ROM/online features: Script-to-screen & triva challenge

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Crispin Glover Willard
R. Lee Ermey Mr. Martin
Laura Elena Harring Catherine
Jackie Burroughs Mrs. Stiles
Kim McKamy Actor
David Parker Detective Boxer
Kristen Cloke Dr. Bludworth

Technical Credits
Glen Morgan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Heike Brandstatter Casting
Richard Brener Executive Producer
Bill Carraro Executive Producer
James Coblentz Editor
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Centropolis Entertainment Animator
Mark Freeborn Production Designer
Jack Hardy Asst. Director
Catherine Ircha Art Director
James Wong Producer
Gregory Mah Costumes/Costume Designer
Coreen Mayrs Casting
Robert McLachlan Cinematographer
Dave McMoyler Set Decoration/Design
John Papsidera Casting
Patrick Ramsay Sound/Sound Designer
Jon Title Set Decoration/Design
Shirley Walker Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Titles [3:10]
2. Rats in the Basement [3:11]
3. Awful Mother, Awful Name [4:37]
4. "He Wants to See You" [4:59]
5. Stuck Like Glue [2:58]
6. A Friend in Socrates [2:22]
7. A Successful Man's Car [2:40]
8. "Tear It!" [3:20]
9. Like a Man... on a Mission [8:01]
10. Mr. Martin's Loss of Control [2:29]
11. All Good Things... [3:20]
12. Ben, the Defiant Leader [4:51]
13. Death and Bankruptcy [5:09]
14. Cat, Food [4:17]
15. Father's Things [4:38]
16. Ben Won't Learn [3:20]
17. Position Terminated [5:40]
18. Nasty, White, Dead Rat [2:45]
19. An Army of Thousands [3:38]
20. "We've Come to See You" [3:47]
21. Cleaning House [3:12]
22. "It's All Over, Ben" [7:49]
23. Friends No More [2:59]
24. Waiting... Quiet as a Mouse [2:11]
25. End Credits [4:41]
Side #2 -- Fullscreen
1. Main Titles [3:10]
2. Rats in the Basement [3:11]
3. Awful Mother, Awful Name [4:38]
4. "He Wants to See You" [4:59]
5. Stuck Like Glue [2:58]
6. A Friend in Socrates [2:22]
7. A Successful Man's Car [2:40]
8. "Tear It!" [3:20]
9. Like a Man... on a Mission [8:01]
10. Mr. Martin's Loss of Control [2:29]
11. All Good Things... [3:20]
12. Ben, the Defiant Leader [4:51]
13. Death and Bankruptcy [5:09]
14. Cat, Food [4:17]
15. Father's Things [4:38]
16. Ben Won't Learn [3:20]
17. Position Terminated [5:40]
18. Nasty, White, Dead Rat [2:45]
19. An Army of Thousands [3:38]
20. "We've Come to See You" [3:47]
21. Cleaning House [3:12]
22. "It's All Over, Ben" [7:49]
23. Friends No More [2:59]
24. Waiting... Quiet as a Mouse [2:11]
25. End Credits [4:41]

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Willard 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was an excellent movie, from the opening credits (which were AWESOME) to the surprise ending. crispin does a great job portraying willard, it's completely believeable. i recommend this to anyone and everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great movie...gives the great horror feeling for only PG-13 and Glover is the perfect character for Willard. 'Nuff said.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of all the horror movies ever made, Willard is one of the most original ideas for a horror movie. I saw a few days after it came into theaters. The idea of a man using his pet rats as a weapon against everyone whos done him wrong is just very original. I haven't seen the original version, but I bet it is just as fascinating as the remake.