Rats are the worst. Like, seriously guys, the worst. There’s this vacant building next to my apartment that’s rife with them and the city seems helpless about controlling the problem. We may disagree about a lot of things, but most of us can agree on this: rats are terrifying and disgusting and awful creatures that are basically fur-covered garbage full of murderous disease.
Morgan Spurlock certainly feels that way. In Rats, his latest documentary which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Spurlock examines the infestation of vermin in cities around the world.
Rats looks like it’s not for the faint of heart or the easily nauseated. Give the trailer a watch:
Rats looks and feels much different from Super-Size Me and some of Spurlock’s other films. Spurlock tends to be a prominent figure in his movies, a sort of lighthearted tour guide through a topic. Instead, we get a very visceral and horrific set of images and facts without Spurlock on camera.
Rats was inspired by Robert Sullivan’s similarly named non-fiction book Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants. It’s a solid, enjoyable, and informative read. A good chunk of the book is comprised of Sullivan’s own observations of rats around Wall Street.
You can catch Rats on The Discovery Channel on October 22nd. In the meantime, I will continue to make 311 complaints about that vacant building.[via IndieWire]