“Ben” finally gets an HD bow due to Scream Factory working miracles. The original negative for the film is gone, so the transfer on this Blu-ray is sourced from the best archival print. While not ideal, it’s still a solid effort to save a quality piece of American horror. If you can handle kids as the leads in animal attack movies, then this will be for you. Honestly, I just love how it totally 180s from the first movie.
“Willard” was a brutal look at sad young man vs. the world. “Ben” almost feels like a cautionary tale of what could restart a Willard. While young Danny is sickly in this movie, Ben offers him a chance to have a friend. Having a friend at a young age vs. having this kind of a friend as a 30 year old is a wildly different thing. I highly recommend checking out the special features, as Scream reached deep to bring this movie back from Limbo. Too often, films like this get lost while most of the money is spent on restoring classic chunks of Film history. Exploitation cinema matters.
- TV Spot
- Radio Spot
- Still Gallery
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD MONO
RELEASE DATE: 5/16/17
The Plot Thus Far
Ben is back!
When detective sergeant Cliff Kirtland (Joseph Campanella, Meteor) investigates the horrifying murder of Willard Stiles by a band of rats, he discovers that the rats are now an organized army, and he must destroy the murderous rodents before it is too late. But the rats, led by Ben, the only survivor of the Willard attack, take to the challenge with full force and little fear.
With an Oscar-nominated theme song, Ben “presents some genuinely creepy scenes… [and] manages to deliver the goods expected of the genre while getting the audience all misty-eyed…”, (TV Guide). Put your feet up, way up, and watch: Ben is an absolute must for everyone who likes a good scare!