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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a try!
I should firstly mention that though the picture quality of this movie is decent, the sound quality is however very poor. There's a high hiss in the background which if you're very finicky will be very annoying. I persevered with this anyway and enjoyed the movie as a whole. It's not brilliant by any means and I'd describe it as a Death Tube crossed with The Suicide...
Published on 1 Mar. 2013 by Shadowman666

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3.0 out of 5 stars LET'S DANCE TOGETHER...OR ELSE
The film uses a book narrative about 7 rats to give you a quick introduction of characters, even if you don't know which one is which until later. Asuka commits suicide. Later her 6 friends get a text message from her to meet her in school at midnight. Here the vengeance killings begin. We get flashbacks as to the reason behind the suicide and killings. It seems Asuka...
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3.0 out of 5 stars LET'S DANCE TOGETHER...OR ELSE, 3 May 2014
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Black Rat [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The film uses a book narrative about 7 rats to give you a quick introduction of characters, even if you don't know which one is which until later. Asuka commits suicide. Later her 6 friends get a text message from her to meet her in school at midnight. Here the vengeance killings begin. We get flashbacks as to the reason behind the suicide and killings. It seems Asuka was suffering some teen angst with boyfriend problems and her friends not wanting to participate in her idea for a rat festival dance. Oh yes, the horrible bullies got on her because she smiled too much. Yup. That's worth jumping off a building.

The slasher plot was slightly different. Always like those school girl uniforms. The scare factor was forced as was the plot. Somehow a girl in school uniform with a rat's head mask doesn't seem threatening.
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3.0 out of 5 stars You can dance if you wanna, you can leave your friends behind, 17 Aug. 2013
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Black Rat [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I don't have a lot of experience criticizing Japanese horror movies, but Black Rat is one of the rare J-Horror films that just didn't deliver the goods. For one thing, it's surprisingly unoriginal - six classmates get invited to a location, only to find themselves fighting for their lives against a mysterious killer. The location is the school where their mutual friend Asuka jumped off the roof to her death seven weeks earlier, and the time is midnight - and they all actually show up. I don't know about you, but if I get a text message from a girl who killed herself seven weeks ago asking me to meet her at the school building at midnight, I wouldn't even consider going - not even if the dead girl was smoking hot. Curiosity can have the cat - but it ain't getting me.

All Asuka wanted was for her friends to join her in performing some traditional dance of Seven Rats at the school's arts festival. Then, after they all initially agreed to do it, they refused to practice and pretty much just bailed on her, even after she had spent all this time constructing a really cool rat mask to wear. I'm not really sure why all of these people - who sort of represent the characters in the story of the Seven Rats - were actually friends, as all of them except Asuka and one of the other girls are pretty much jerks in their own special ways - and even the nice girl doesn't turn out to be the kind of person you really want for a best friend. The thing with Asuka, though, is that she is always smiling - even when her friends are totally dumping on her. From the audience's perspective, she's a very sympathetic character, which makes the fact of her suicide particularly tragic. She actually jumped off the roof of the school wearing the rat mask she had created. So that's the backstory, which is presented in a series of flashbacks as the movie progresses.

Back to the schoolroom that dark night, though, these other six kids who stupidly accepted the invitation to show up are greeted by a girl wearing Asuka's bloodstained rat's head, who uses flash cards to let the others know that she is going to kill all of them. Is it really Asuka's ghost underneath that creepy rat head? The film does a good job of really keeping the mystery of the killer's identity just that - a mystery, throwing several wicked curveballs at the audience as the movie progresses. There's not a great deal of blood and gore involved with the actual killings, but they are unique and some of them are creepy in their own special way, but it's really the question of the killer's identity that drives the story. Black Rat does deliver a deeper storyline that your traditional slasher, and the whole thing with the rat mask is pretty creepy, but it sort of feels like director Kenta Fukasaku was trying to invoke the atmosphere of an American slasher film, and I think that was a mistake.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a try!, 1 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Black Rat [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I should firstly mention that though the picture quality of this movie is decent, the sound quality is however very poor. There's a high hiss in the background which if you're very finicky will be very annoying. I persevered with this anyway and enjoyed the movie as a whole. It's not brilliant by any means and I'd describe it as a Death Tube crossed with The Suicide Manual sort of deal. I do love the Rat head mask and the narrated intro and there's some cool music featured too. If I could award this movie a 3 and a half stars I think it would be more appropriate than a full 4 but I'd still recommend anyone into asian horror/dark cinema to give it a go.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Twisted Chris Reviews "BLACK RAT" dvd, 4 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Black Rat [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
ARE YOU KIDDING ME ????? THIS MOVIE IS BEYOND LAME !!! IF IT WASN'T FOR THE HOT ASIAN SCHOOL GIRLS I WOULD HAVE TURNED IT OFF 15 MINUTES IN !!!
SO--THE FIRST HOT LITTLE ASIAN CHICK JUMPS OFF THE SCHOOL BUILDING WEARING THIS STUPID RAT HEAD AND KILLS HERSELF. THEN, A COUPLE MONTHS AFTER THAT, HER 6 SUPPOSED FRIENDS GET A TEXT TO MEET AT THE SCHOOL AT MIDNIGHT AND IS SIGNED BY THE CHICK WHO KILLED HERSELF. NOW THEY ALL MEET IN THIS CLASSROOM AND THEN THE CHICK COMES WALKING IN WEARING THE RAT HEAD AND SAYS SHE IS GOING TO KILL THEM ALL AND STARTS SWINGING AROUND THIS BASEBALL BAT. ARE YOU KIDDING ME ???? THIS CHICK WEIGHS ABOUT 85 LBS. !!! THERE ARE 4 OTHER PEOPLE IN THE ROOM--2 OF THEM GUYS AND ONE THE MOVIE TOUGH GUY !! GO AHEAD HELLO KITTY---TRY TO HIT ME WITH THE BAT SO I CAN TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU AND TURN YOU INTO A POPSICLE !!! ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS !!!!!
TWISTED CHRIS SAYS--"WATCH BATTLE ROYALE AGAIN INSTEAD" !!!!
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