Mulberry Street (2006)
Reviewed on 2007 November 18
This was a very creepy flick, with a frightening premise, good acting and a good soundtrack. You know it’s well done when some of the characters are so decent, it hurts when they die.
Clutch (Nick Damici) is a veteran living in a condemned New York apartment complex, waiting for his military daughter Casey (Kim Blair) to come home from the war. He spends his days running to keep in shape, checking on an elderly neighbor, and planning Casey’s welcome-home party with the flamboyant Coco (Ron Brice). They’re being evicted under the guise of “urban renewal” (read: greedy developer) and despite the upcoming party the mood is somber.
As it turns out this is the least of their problems. Sewer rats are spreading a virus that makes ebola look like a headcold, and the tenants have to pull together to fight the rats… and what they unleash.
Damici also wrote the script along with director Jim Mickle, and they pulled off something great with a microscopic budget. For 85 minutes my theater was silent. The camera work was a little jerky, so I wish I had a better view of what was going on at times, because it was so well done. The bar scene was classic.
Three chocolate morsels. I’m going to admit some bias here since rats freak me out, but I really enjoyed this one.