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The Demon Rat

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THE DEMON RAT is part of our Vinegar Syndrome Archive collection, celebrating forgotten cinematic oddities from the video store era. This collection was inspired by our own brick & mortar video stores, with locations in Bridgeport, CT; Aurora, CO and soon to come Toronto, ON!

Unique to this line, each hand numbered limited edition release will come fitted in a specially designed, bottom loading VHS inspired slipcase, while also including a double-sided poster.

These releases will ONLY be available on our website and at participating indie retailers. Absolutely no major retailers will be stocking them. This slipcase edition (designed by Robert Sammelin) is strictly limited to 3,000 units and may (but probably not) be followed by a standard edition in the future.

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Irina is a teacher in the middle of a messy divorce with her husband, Roberto, who has cunningly stolen the pharmaceutical company she was set to inherit. She's also dealing with a rat problem. A rat so large and terrible it has mutilated her dog. Enlisting the help of her new love interest and biologist friend, Axel, they soon discover that Roberto has been recklessly dumping nuclear waste to get ahead and wreaking havoc on the nearby wildlife. Now Irina has to contend with a mutated rat in her home and her soon-to-be ex who will do anything to keep his secret.

In one of his last horror films, director Rubén Galindo Jr. (DON'T PANIC, CEMETERY OF TERROR) delivers a vision of an apocalyptic near-future Mexico, where the environment has become a wasteland. Citizens can't go outside without a ventilator, acid rain alerts blast from the loud speakers and almost all wildlife is on the verge of extinction. Throwing science fiction, horror, action and melodrama into a genre blender, Vinegar Syndrome Active is proud to present THE DEMON RAT (aka Mutantes del año 2000, La rata maldita), newly scanned and restored in 2k and presented here in its worldwide Blu-ray debut.

directed by: Rubén Galindo Jr.
starring: Rossana San Juan, Gerardo Albarrán, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, Óscar Vallejo, Enrike Palma, Teresa Escobar, Victor V. Alamillo
1992 / 96 min / 1.33:1 / Spanish Mono

Additional info:

  • Region Free Blu-ray
  • Newly scanned & restored in 2K from its 16mm original camera negative
  • Presented in its original Spanish language soundtrack with newly translated English subtitles
  • "The Dangers Ahead" - an interview with writer/director Rubén Galindo Jr.
  • "A Precautionary Tale" - an interview with lead actress Rossana San Juan
  • "It’s All in the Prophecy" - an interview with actor Miguel Ángel Rodríguez
  • Reversible sleeve artwork
  • Newly translated English subtitles