Willard (1971)


Opening up the first night of film club is the cult classic from 1971 Willard. A riotous rodent revenge story about Willard Stiles a bullied, social misfit who gets a little help from his beloved rat friends. “Say hello to my little friends”
Don’t mess with Ben and his band of brothers. This film I can imagine would of fitted in nicely as a Twilight Zone episode too.

Directed by Daniel Mann (Who did another favourite Our Man Flint with James Coburn)

The film stars a young Bruce Davison as Willard (Who went off to be slimy Senator Kelly in X-Men 2)
Movie machine Ernest Borgnine (The Dirty Dozen and when Disney goes dark and moody, The Black Hole)
and Sondra Locke (before she married a certain Clint Eastwood and starred in a hundred of his movies)

Tagline “Where your nightmares end……. Willard begins,”

I didn’t know it was based on a novel called Ratman’s Notebooks by Stephen Gilbert in 1969.


It had a remake in 2003 with the weird and wonderful chiseled cheekbones Crispin (George Mcfly) Glover giving Willard a creepier look. It was directed by Glen Morgan and is actually pretty good and well worth checking out.

Can you believe there was a sequel to the original film called Ben? I’ve never seen it or knew about it until today! Going straight on the watch list.

Tagline “Where Willard ended…. Ben begins..”

Here the trailer for Ben 1972


OK the film is about to start. Please sit and join me with a  Bourbon Whiskey on the rocks or a drink of your choosing, relax back and enjoy this classic piece of cinema.

Roll the projector.


Den Of Geek Willard Review

IMDB Willard 1971

IMDB Ben 1972

IMDB Willard 2003

2 thoughts on “Willard (1971)

  1. So I went searching your site to see when it was launched, and I think I just found…your very first review? Well, I’m glad I stumbled upon it, because I learned something today: I didn’t know ‘Willard’ was based on a book!

    And…did you at one time just call this blog Film Club?

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    • And you’ve become the first comment on the my first post 🙂 Sure there’s a prize knocking around here somewhere. Arrh there it is, one of those pens you turn upside down and the bikini comes off. Proper decent, no smut. It’s a wolflady. Everything covered in fur! Give me you postbox number and I’ll get it in the post. hehe

      I tend to take the 1st Jan 2017 as the start due to it turning into a blog of what films I was watching rather than just doing my favourites. I found I got more out it that way. Get a new film and inspired to write some nonsense.
      Willard is a wonderful quirky film. Be interested to know if the film follows closely to or not to the book.

      This was my first blog name. Though I kinda wish I hadn’t added the “club” bit to the name. Bit cheesy. 🙂


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