Bart Hughes (Peter Weller) has a pretty good life, a beautiful wife (Shannon Tweed), a young son, a good job with promotion prospects, and a renovated brownstone in New York. When wife and kid leave for a vacation, Bart stays behind to work on a project that will earn him that promotion, unaware that a certain inhabitant of his basement has other plans for his time. Bart goes a bit bonkers trying to kill this rat, destroying most of his house in the process. Certain allegorical elements tie the household conflict to the "rat race" in his office, but the main event is certainly the night-and-day contest of wills between man and rodent.
Peter Weller....Bart Hughes
Jennifer Dale....Lorrie Wells
Lawrence Dane....Eliot Riverton
Kenneth Welsh....James Hall
Louis Del Grande....Clete
Shannon Tweed....Meg Hughes
Keith Knight....Hardware salesman
Maury Chaykin....Dan Errol
"Of Unknown Origin is an overlooked gem of a little movie. Not really a
horror film, except that something does indeed go bump in the night, and
often too. No, this is more of a psychological drama and Peter Weller bangs
one out of the park with his performance as the yuppie forced to go to war
with a rat. The movie gets down right primitive and to the point, and it's
all Peter Weller and some excellent rat photography. I watch this movie
about once a year and it's one of my all time favorites. The film isn't
dated and the dvd transfer is good so check it out if you're looking for
something a little different, something of quality, and not your normal run
of the mill mindless horror flick."
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