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Ben (1972)




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As a sequel to Willard, this strange film tells of the friendship between an ill boy and a highly intelligent rat, Ben--who happens to be the leader of a 4,000 member killer rat pack. Yes, that hit song from Michael Jackson is from this movie, which may provide more insight into the film's plot.

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Joseph Campanella
as Cliff Kirtland
Arthur O'Connell
as Bill Hatfield
Rosemary Murphy
as Beth Garrison
Meredith Baxter
as Eve Garrison
Kaz Garas
as Joe Greer
Paul Carr
as Kelly
Kenneth Tobey
as Engineer
Lee Paul
as Carey
Norman Alden
as Policeman
Scott Garrett
as Henry Gray
Arlen Stuart
as Mrs. Gray
Tom Steele
as Fireman Covered with Rats
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Critic Reviews for Ben

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Ben also talks in his new movie. It's hard to understand what he says, however, because all he does is squeak in various octaves.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

A terrible follow-up with an insufferable protagonist.

December 28, 2021 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Ben is more successful [than predecessor Willard], due to sticking to a Them-style monster narrative and actually having some rather atmospheric moments of tension, thus being more effective as a horror movie.

October 18, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Ben is to Willard what Aliens is to Alien.

May 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A really odd mix of killer rat flick and Disney-esque kiddie movie. Too weird to utterly dismiss.

September 7, 2004 | Rating: 2/5

One of the "better" rat attack flicks, if that's a worthwhile distinction.

July 26, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Ben


If there is something more discomforting than Willard befriending rats is seeing a sweet sick kid developing a touching relationship with his little friend Ben the disgusting intelligent rat, which is what makes this trashy B movie creepier than the first movie, especially with that song.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

This is supposed to be a creepy movie, but it's more funny than creepy. Plus, I really felt for the poor little boy who had no friends, it made Ben not seem as threatening as people think he is in the movie. When the police get involved in the end, it's also pretty funny. I had mixed feelings on this movie, but it was okay.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

I haven't seen this movie in at least 20 years. But I still remember the evil man-killer rat!

Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia

Super Reviewer

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