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2016 TIFF Spotlight on “Rats” by Gregmo Roberts

The 41st Annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is set for September 8th through the 18th and will showcase nearly 300 films from around the world.  From documentaries to horror films, TIFF will be the center of the entertainment universe and Intestinal Fortitude will be there to soak in the adventures and stories that unfold on the big screens in Canada’s largest metropolis. 

But before the red carpets are vacuumed, the celebrities arrive with their entourages and the city transforms into a star-gazing mecca we will take time to focus on a new film every day that will be showcased at the festival.

Today’s Spotlight: Rats

When we first received our TIFF Program List we were taken aback when we saw the name Morgan Spurlock with an entry in the Midnight Madness series of the festival that highlights the best in action, horror, shock and fantasy cinema.  

After all, Spurlock was a documentarian best known for his 2004 eye opener on the effects of fast food with Super Size Me.  He has gone on to produce, direct and star in countless television documentaries.  So finding his name in amongst titles such as Blair Witch and Headshot left us a little baffled.

That was, until we read the film’s synopsis.  

Rats are known and feared around the world.  These small rodents with razor-sharp teeth have been known to bring disease and viruses to cities in their scurry.  Morgan Spurlock shines the light on these furry bastards in a documentary that follows rat killers and researchers as they take us into the terrifying world of these poison-resistant ecological nightmare creatures.

Spurlock leaves no sewer grate unturned in a film that heads to places like post-Katrina New Orleans to examine the effects of a growing rat population.  From New York to Berkshire England where rat killing has become a sport to Cambodia, Spurlock travels the world to bring us up close to a rodent whom only Indiana Jones has no issues with.  

The TIFF Program Guide writes, “At times shockingly graphic (Warning!: furry vermin die in this film, on camera) and always nail-bitingly entertaining, Rats is guaranteed to make you double-check under your bed, behind your fridge and in the cupboard before settling in for an uneasy sleep”

Rats first shows at the festival on Tuesday, September 13th at 11:59PM at the Ryserson theatre and then gets repeat showings on September 14th and again on September 18th at the Scotiabank theatre.



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