Willard Stiles (Bruce Davison) is a young man with big problems. He lives in a crumbling mansion with his ailing widowed mother (Elsa Lanchester). His boss, Al Martin (Ernest Borgnine), is a vulgar, cruel man who stole his business from Willard's father and is now working Willard to death at his factory job. Lonely, depressed, and isolated Willard is on the verge of a breakdown when he makes a new friend - Ben...One of many rats who inhabit his dilapidated home. Not only can Willard communicate with the rodent, but he can command him to do his bidding. Using the rats as his instrument of retaliation, Willard commands his pets to carry out assaults ranging from the destructive to the murderous. The disturbed young man savors his bloody vengeance - not realizing that he has sown the seeds of his own appalling end!

~ Taken from the Prism Video Release ~

The Willard - Wildwood Connection
Pictured at right is Jody Davison (sister of Bruce Davison) at the Hunt's Regent Display.
Bruce Davison grew up spending winters in Broomall, Pa. and summers in Wildwood, NJ. He has fond memories of vacations at the Jersey shore cleaning fish on the Wildwood Crest docks for two cents apiece. He also was a commentator on Captain George Sinn's PT-109 sightseeing boat.

Willard was the summer blockbuster of 1971. My sisters and I went several times when it played at the Casino theatre - and again when it played at the Wildwood drive-in. I can still recall standing in line, filled with a combination of excitement and fear, staring up at that chilling image of Willard and Ben on the poster. We freaked out over this movie back then and I must say I'm still crazy about it today. This film and its poster are classic 70's horror and remains as one of my favorite theatre experiences.

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