Pests news from BPCA

16 March 2017

Movie Review: Morgan Spurlock’s Documentary ‘Rats’

It’s very rare to be able to combine a love for pest control and cinema, but when a 1:28 horror documentary makes its way onto Netflix - it’s time to get out the popcorn.

Spurlock Rats Documentary

OK, this film might not be one of those occasions you get the whole family sitting around on a Saturday night. This feature-length documentary follows rats in urban environments around the world, exploring their resilience and talent for causing public health catastrophes throughout history.

The standout sections of the film are when we jump to cigar-smoking, Brooklyn-based Pest Controller, Ed Sheehan. Sheehan is a magnetic interviewee with 49 years’ experience tackling urban rats - he spares no details and dishes out those “hard truths” in a typically American fashion.

What makes this film completely baffling though isn’t the subject matter - it’s the shock-cut inserts and skittery sound effects. The whole experience is more Blair Witch Project than Attenborough. It’s graphic, gory and verges on sensationalist. The idea that urban rats are real disease vectors and the population must be closely controlled is explored, however, that key message is lost somewhere in the shockumentary style and severe lack of intelligent discussion.

My absolute favourite thing about the film was going through the Netflix reviews section. It’s packed with vaguely horrified and outraged viewers, who must have stumbled onto the documentary whilst in search for Disney’s Ratatouille.

In conclusion…

 If you like bad horror films and you’ve got a professional interest in rats, give it a watch. Or at least give the trailer a go on YouTube.

 I’m giving it a whole 2 stars.


Scott-Johnstone-Staff-bubbleScott Johnstone
Communications Officer

16 March 2017  |  PPC86

Source: PPC86

Highlights View all news

18 November 2021

Latest news

VIDEO: Glue board update - November 2021

We’ve had loads of glue board related questions this week. Take a look at BPCA Chief Exec Ian Andrew’s 5-minute update to stay in the loop.

Read more

08 November 2021

Latest news

Glue boards in England will be licenced rather than banned completely

If the proposed Glue Traps (Offences) Bill becomes law, their use will be licenced rather than completely banned.

Read more

05 November 2021

Latest news

VIDEO: Caught in a web - false widow spiders | Digital Forum 11

In this video, Chris Woodard from Chris Woodard Pest Services discusses the new false widow spiders, their impact and management options.

Read more
Latest View all news

26 November 2021

Latest news

Save on 2021 pest control training this Black Friday

Submit a special Black Friday booking form BEFORE 11.59 PM on 1 December 2021 and you'll get some last-minute CPD at a bargain price.

Read more

25 November 2021

Latest news

VIDEO: Guidance on CRRU stewardship for rodenticide use

In this video, Natalie Bungay explains what the CRRU code of best practice covers and what you need to consider in order to comply with it.

Read more

25 November 2021

Latest news

2022 key updates to employment law in the UK

A summary of the key changes to employment law which come into force next year and are likely to affect pest management businesses.

Read more