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In this comedy horror short film, a young woman finds her home plagued by mutant Rats from Outer Space.

Rats! is in the vein of the creature features of the late 80s and early 90s such as Gremlins and Critters. The goal was to create a film with minimal CGI and instead use practical creature puppets and costumes were created by British Special Effects creator Simon Brodie. In combination with buckets of fake blood and drool, the Rats were brought to life and the final film reflects an era of horror films long gone by.

“Rats!” will be featured during the “Creature Feature” Short Film Block, starting at 1:45pm on Saturday, September 12th!

Part of Horrible Imaginings Horror Film Festival of San Diego‘s full line-up! Get Full Festival Passes or single screening tickets HERE!


Lyndsey Craine

Lawrence Edmonds


Director Bio: Stewart Sparke

Stewart Sparke is an Independent Filmmaker from East Yorkshire, UK. Stewart studied an BA in Film and Television Production at York St. John University before studying a MA in Directing Film and Television at Bournemouth University. In 2012 he co-founded the film and animation production company, Glass Cannon, based in York, North Yorkshire. Through Glass Cannon, Stewart has directed a number of short films and continues to work with local talent to produce ambitious film and television projects on a small budget.

Director’s Statement

I’ve always had a great love of films like Gremlins and its lower budget brethren such as Critters and Ghoulies. They were the films I would stay up past my bedtime to watch as a child and their balance of horror and comedy made them delightful to watch, even at a young age when Alien used to give me nightmares. These films however, had a certain charm about them and even though I knew that they were just puppets, the creatures could evoke laughter and horror in a way that made them endearing, ultimately making me root for their survival for the inevitable sequel. Rats! is an expression of my love for these types of films and a homage to the creature features of the 80s that I loved so dearly as a child. I hope that viewers have as much fun watching the film as we did making it.

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