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New Promo, Exclusive Photos: Morgan Spurlock’s “RATS”, Screening free in NYC on Tuesday!

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In anticipation for next Tuesday’s free NYC screening of RATS, the latest film from award-winning SUPER SIZE ME producer/director Morgan Spurlock, we have the latest promo to show you, plus some exclusive pics.

East Coast fans can see RATS for free when FANGORIA presents a special screening on Tuesday, October 18th at Tribeca’s Roxy Hotel screening room (2 Avenue of the Americas; 212-519-6600). Showtime starts at 10:30 pm, and Spurlock himself will be attending the show! Using the cinematic techniques of the horror films that he loved as a teenager, Spurlock’s film explores the terrifying world of these nefarious rodents. The fearless filmmaker tells his globe-trotting story in his inimitable style that will have you scratching yourself for days afterward.

The Fango screening of RATS will be a free show; to obtain tickets, send an e-mail to fangoriascreening@gmail.com. You must list “RATS” as your subject line and provide us your full name. Offer is good for you and one guest. Names will be checked at the door. Offer is first come, first served, and we will confirm your rsvp. Seating is not guaranteed, however. This exclusive event is presented by our pals at Discovery, who will air RATS on their cable channel this coming October 22nd.

Inspired by Robert Sullivan’s NEW YORK TIMES bestselling book, RATS goes deep beneath the surface to explore the lives of man’s greatest parasite. Oscar-nominated director Spurlock unveils a new form of documentary horror storytelling, journeying around the world to bring viewers face to face with rats while delving into our complicated relationship with these creepy creatures. Taking us into the Rattus nests in ways never before captured on film, RATS dives deep into New York City’s parks, subway tunnels and sewers; venture to rice paddies in Cambodia and Vietnam where rats are caught and sold as food; cross worldly streets in India paroled by the revered Night Rat Killers; journey to the English countryside where packs of terriers kill hundreds of rats per day; and look inside a New Orleans lab, where scientists are studying how flooding and abandoned neighborhoods are making rats more invasive than ever.

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Winds up master documentarian Spurlock knows fright flicks like the rest of us and even read FANGORIA growing up. In his director’s statement, he says of RATS:

“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved horror movies. In fact, when I was 10 years old, I went to see Cronenberg’s SCANNERS at my hometown theater in Beckley, West Virginia, and when Michael Ironside made Louis Del Grande’s head explode, that was the moment that I knew I wanted to make movies.

“I can’t explain why–but there was something about these films that I just couldn’t get enough of, and I saw every single one, gory, weird, sci-fi, or otherwise, that came through town. From EVIL DEAD to CREEPSHOW to MOTEL HELL to XTRO … these movies defined my youth and put me on a lifelong love affair with the scary, morbid and shocking.

“As a teenager, I wanted to be Rick Baker or Tom Savini, and I taught myself how to make my own scars and blood,” Spurlock continues, “but once I learned you could go to college and actually learn how to make films, to produce and direct them, then my path changed forever. That is, until now. As a result of all these creepy seeds planted in my psyche, I’ve always wanted to make a horror film. And after I started making documentaries, I thought, ‘Well why couldn’t I make a horror documentary?’

“And the end result is this awesome experience: the dark, weird, bizarre and surprising ‘Shock Doc’ RATS,” Spurlock concludes. “I’m so proud of this movie, and it fulfills so many of my childhood fantasies, delivering some of the most spectacular and disturbing images ever caught on film. There are things in RATS that you can’t ‘unsee,’ and I love that. It isn’t often that you get the freedom to spread your wings and try something as new and as different as this, but I can tell you one thing: I’d jump at the chance to do it again.”

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Check out these rave reviews for RATS!

“RATS is super-disgusting, and there are plenty of eyeball-scarring images contained therein that audiences simply can’t un-see.”—Peter Debruge, Variety.com

“The documentarian who flirted with body-horror in SUPER SIZE ME goes full-tilt here, offering shock-cut inserts and skittery sound effects in a film that already has little trouble keeping viewers on edge.”—John DeFore, HollywoodReporter.com

“Words cannot do justice to the harrowing, squirm-inducing experience that is Rats.”—Jon, Space.ca

So come catch RATS on October 18th for a scary good time (please note new location and late start time, above). You can check out the film’s official site here and the chilling trailer below. FANGO editor emeritus Tony Timpone will be hosting the show, plus expect some extra surprises. And stop by Fangoria.com throughout the fall for more screening announcements!

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