R. Lee Ermey
Laura Elena Harring
Morgan’s stylish, inventive directing is another element that helped make this movie extraordinary. The ghoulish opening credit sequence and the fantastic “cat-attack” scene to the tune of Michael Jackson’s “Ben” are two of the many memorable moments in this macabre tale that encompasses themes as varied as revenge, self-worth and jealousy. The casting of Ermey as Willard’s son-of-a-bitch boss was another coup worth mentioning and Jackie Burrough’s (Willard’s mother) performance has surpassed the disgusting, horrible and evil mother precedent already established by Anne Ramsey in THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN. Laura Elena Harring as the woman in Willard’s life was another pleasant casting decision as I’ve been positively infatuated with her since MULHOLLAND DRIVE. She’s as enchanting as ever in WILLARD.
Whenever you’re totally engrossed in a horror film as much as I was here, and you can’t find a single flaw from the dialogue to the acting to the sets or special effects (the rats, natch!), then you know you’ve found a very, very special film. There is another word for it too: brilliant!
The Year Of The Rat (Documentary on The Making of Willard) : Easily the most in-depth and satisfying “making-of” feature I’ve ever seen. Glen Morgan hired a film student (Julie Ng) from Toronto to shoot an hour long (73:15 to be exact) documentary on the making of Willard. Julie’s wide-eyed and inquisitive approach in filming this was also a breath of fresh air that made this more than your average "ho-hum" behind the scenes documentary. It really is a shame that the film only made a measly 4 million its opening weekend because when you see and experience what the entire cast and crew went through to bring this great film to life, you will truly learn to appreciate what it takes to make a movie. On its own, this documentary is a must-see for anyone, from film students to casual movie fans, as it tracks an entire year in the production of a major motion picture in a very thorough, interesting and loving way.
12 Deleted/Alternate Scenes With Optional Commentary : Hey, guess what? I loved these as well! Crispin and director Morgan’s optional commentary on these cut/alternate scenes were very much appreciated by yours truly. I like knowing why certain scenes weren’t left in the film especially if I happen to personally think the scene was badass. Some emotional and some gory shots were unfortunately cut out but are luckily included here for your viewing pleasure. Another nice addition is the original and alternate endings. Enjoy.
Rat People: Friends Or Foes? Too fucking cool! This 18-minute documentary features the rat lovers and rat haters (exterminators) of America. Jesus, some of the stories these exterminators tell are positively chilling (there is actual footage of a house literally infested by hundreds of rats). The lovers of these rats (some have as many as 200 as pets!!) also have pretty sweet and endearing stories to show the good side of these animals (one of them is trained to save a plastic baby from a burning building and put it into an ambulance – too cute!). The documentary is narrated by actor Bruce Davison, who played Willard in the original film in 1971. Another fantastic feature on this DVD set!
Music Video - Ben by Crispin Hellion Glover With Optional Commentary : Crispin Glover is the coolest cat in town. In his commentary to the ultra-slick and surprisingly very sexy video for Ben (his recording of the song plays at the end credits of Willard and is, in my opinion, a great cover of the song), Crispin speaks non-stop, spewing out bits of info at rapid pace about anything he can possibly think of; not forgetting to plug his own movie (What Is It?) about a thousand times. This is the funniest 2 minutes of commentary to anything I’ve ever heard. This man is really nuts! And I love it!!! The video, on its own, gets a 5/5 from me. A superb directing effort by Crispin, please check it out.
Theatrical Trailer, TV spots and DVD-ROM online features.