#TBT #HorrorMovie #Review – Willard (1971)

You’re mother’s in Heaven, dear. And Mr. Farley has the body. – Charlotte Stassen

The first time I saw this movie I was maybe ten or eleven and I was at my grandma’s house. When she was at work, my brother and I were able to watch whatever we wanted on TV, that was actually the case when she was home, too, except when MASH came on.

Willard is the adorable tale of a reclusive young man and his rat friends that he’s trained to do things for him. It’s better than a boy and his dog. After his mother dies, Willard is all alone in the world, and being socially awkward he can’t go anywhere without Socrates and Ben in his bag. Joan, a girl from the office, is attracted to Willard, and gets him a cat, which seems like a very strange thing for her to do even without him having rat pals.

The scene where he goes into the cellar and tells the rats that they must stop breeding, cracks me up. I love how they listen. Charlotte is awesome, wants to be part of Willard’s life, take care of him like his mother had asked, but when he asks for money to pay property taxes, she runs the other way.

I didn’t understand why Willard was upset with Ben over killing Al Martin. Willard told the rats to rip him apart, and they did. Now that Willard feels he’s strong enough to stand without them, he tries to exterminate them, but they don’t stay gone. Ben returns with his rat pals to keep their home and will not take no for an answer.

Willard is incredibly delightful and one of my favorites of all time. I give it 5 out of 5 Stars.

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