When I finished watching this film the other night I was left baffled by it’s title. I had just sat through a no-nonsense climax but I was still left scratching my head as to what a ‘ratter’ or ‘rat’ was?
So before we go any further I should point out that a ‘rat’ stands for Random Access Trojan.
It’s one of those extremely potent pieces of malware that provides the hacker with the ability to use computer based cameras…to stare back at the dude using the computer.
I bet you all just looked up at your webcam and shuddered 🙂
Anyway, director Branden Kramer has picked up on this disturbing thought and thrown it into a Found Footage movie.
Good or bad? Let’s take a look…
Okay, so we already know the film is based on a creep that likes to hijack people’s video media!
This particular creep has zeroed in on Emma, a graduate student living alone in NYC.
The film basically follows her descent into paranoid madness as she realizes that someone has the ability to follow her every move…
Slow Burns Sometimes Work!
At lot of Found Footage efforts seem to get canned by your ‘everyday’ film critic due to the slow nature of their build.
It’s pretty ridiculous really – you CAN have a horror film without Freddie or Jason popping up every five minutes to cut someone in half!
Ratter is going to split the crowd with it’s delivery – and in my book that’s probably a good thing.
When your more ‘normal’ horror fans dislike a Found Footage effort it usually means that the particular title is worth watching. I often pre-gauge a Found Footage effort on the response it gets from ‘Blair Witch Haters’.
This was slow, in parts incredibly slow, but I couldn’t stop watching and it’s safe to say I didn’t get bored of it.
I think Mr. Kramer must be a Found Footage fan himself as he seems to have ignored the more common horror fan and gone straight for the camcorder jugular!
It was a brave move in this day and age – at least 50% of horror fans have had enough of this genre!
It worked though!
Putting Emma under the constant scope of someone who feels the need to get a closer look at her works well.
Even though the film is slow there is a constant chill that crawls up the viewer’s spine ( even worse if you are a female viewer one would think! ).
What started as simple computer glitches manifest into undetected break-ins at night and disturbing long shots of a shadow man watching Emma as she sleeps.
I found the frequency of these scenes quite clever – they didn’t happen that often, but they popped up often enough to remind us of the threat we were following!
I’m not going to throw out any spoilers here but the ending was worth the cinema ticket price alone ( if I’d actually watched it at the cinema…instead of illegally streaming it from Putlocker! ).
The only real drawback of this film was the actual computer based film shots themselves. I know we all leave our laptop on standby every now and again but this girl seems hell bent on burning her Acer out.
There is also the fact that her computer or phone seems PERFECTLY placed to capture just about everything she is doing.
But without these unrealistic angles we wouldn’t have seen anything of interest in the film – so I can forgive that!
A pretty decent horror/thriller that fits into the Found Footage category really well. If you liked The Den then you’ll probably find worth in this.
Definitely worth watching.
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