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Of Unknown Origin (1983)




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When a banking executive tries to outsmart an enormous and seriously pesky rat, it is a case of a battle of wits between two unarmed opponents in this tedious rodent horror treatise on the multiple dangers of rats. Bert Hughes (Peter Weller) is home alone in his Manhattan apartment, trying to work out a major change in his trust company when a noisy rat starts scratching around his periphery, and he becomes obsessed with exterminating it. By the time Hughes is through, his whole apartment is nearly exterminated -- and his friends are keeping their distance due to his rat-mania. (In the middle of a business dinner he brings up the topic of rats served as "stringy chicken" in an Asian country.) Rats may be Of Unknown Origin, but more than their questionable hygiene and genealogy is needed to frighten viewers.

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Peter Weller
as Bart Hughes
Shannon Tweed
as Meg Hughes
Jennifer Dale
as Lorrie Wells
Lawrence Z. Dane
as Eliot Riverton
Kenneth Welsh
as James Hall
Keith Knight
as Salesman
James Tapp
as Meg's Father
Monik Nantel
as Secretary
Jacklin Webb
as News Vendor
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Critic Reviews for Of Unknown Origin

All Critics (7)

Flawed, but not without interest.

August 23, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

An odd, engrossing horror that's also an impressive allegory for the detrimental effects of the capitalist working world on the individual in America.

May 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Too close to home for the extreme rat phobia explored not to sink in as much as possible as scary stuff.

May 18, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's ultimately clear that Of Unknown Origin might've worked as a half hour short yet is simply unable to sustain an 88 minute running time...

July 3, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Pretty typical tale of how rats will occasionally go nuts and start devouring humans. Peter Weller brings some gravity to the ratty affair.

April 3, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

An intelligent overlooked horror film about writer's block.

January 14, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Of Unknown Origin


It's Peter Weller vs a Rat in what's basically an urban Moby Dick.

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