Rats are everywhere — did you know that? Morgan Spurlock knows that now. His new documentary, titled simply Rats, explores that idea.
Spurlock’s documentary is a “horror documentary,” he explained, inspired by childhood viewings of Jaws, The Exorcist and Scanners. When the time came for him to create a documentary based on Robert Sullivan’s best-selling book about the rats of New York City, Rats, he decided to make it into a horror film. (No word on whether Pizza Rat will make an appearance.)
Now, you can argue about the ethics of taking what is essentially a clear-eyed and well thought-out exploration of disease, city politics and the species itself and turning it into a shock-fest, or you can just watch the trailer and be horrified.
Also, no one’s telling you that you can’t do both!