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A young man uses his vermin pals to exact revenge upon the people who've domineered his life in this remake of the 1971 cult classic. Starring Crispin Glover in the role originated by Bruce Davison, Willard concerns the mundane, repressed existence of the twentysomething title character, who lives at home with his nagging mother Jackie Burroughs and works at a shipping company for a stern, authoritarian supervisor R. Lee Ermey. When Willard becomes fascinated with a gaggle of rats living in his decrepit home, ...
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A young man uses his vermin pals to exact revenge upon the people who've domineered his life in this remake of the 1971 cult classic. Starring Crispin Glover in the role originated by Bruce Davison, Willard concerns the mundane, repressed existence of the twentysomething title character, who lives at home with his nagging mother Jackie Burroughs and works at a shipping company for a stern, authoritarian supervisor R. Lee Ermey. When Willard becomes fascinated with a gaggle of rats living in his decrepit home, they become both his friends and his aggressors, as he sics them upon anyone who crosses his path. But one rat, Ben, isn't so amenable to Willard's orders, and a horrifying test of wills begins. Willard was brought to the screen for the second time by writer/director Glen Morgan and producer James Wong, who previously worked together on episodes of The X-Files as well as the features Final Destination and The One.
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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.

Glover, as usual, is phenomenal. Joel Stein
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • UPC: 794043641732
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Crispin Glover Willard
R. Lee Ermey Mr. Martin
Laura Elena Harring Catherine
Jackie Burroughs Mrs. Stiles
Kim McKamy
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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the most original Horror movie ideas!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    This was a great movie...gives the great horror feeling for only PG-13 and Glover is the perfect character for Willard. 'Nuff said.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderfully executed

    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.

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