Rats infiltrate our society and take over the world!
I can't say for sure whether this allegory or "fairy-tale for adults" sits well within the horror film category because I have not seen it myself. The English title, unless it is some imdb bogus info, seems to have only been used for submitting the movie to the Oscars. Anyway, people who have caught this Yugoslavian genre rarity on VHS or on TV seem to remember it very fondly. When it was shown in Western Europe it was apparently also well-received and, amongst other awards, got the International Fantasy Film Award at Fantasporto, winning out against films like ERASERHEAD and INSEMINOID.
'84 Entertainment is going to release IZBAVITELJ next month on dvd under its German title DER RATTENGOTT (THE RAT GOD). A slightly longer Croatian "VHS version" will also be included -- I don't know what the deal is with the latter. As slapdash as this label tends to be, at least they usually get their covers right. The important thing here: the product shot reveals that the release will include optional English subtitles.
Can anyone comment on the film, djvaso maybe? Is it worth getting? The plot and some screenshots definitely look intriguing!
[edit: some pics were not showing for me