Rats, Spy Kid Creep into Theaters

Visual effects flicks sneak into the winter film season in the form of MGM’s teen spy comedy, Agent Cody Banks, and New Line Cinema’s remake of the 1970 suspense thriller Willard. Both films open in theaters today.

Featuring effects by Centropolis, The Character Shop and WTC Prods., Willard stars Crispin Glover (Back to the Future, Charlie’s Angles) as a strange young man who befriends rats and trains them to attack his enemies. Glen Morgan directs from a script by himself and James Wong (The X-Files), based on the original by Gilbert Ralston.

In Agent Cody Banks, Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) stars as a pint-sized government operative forced to deal with his awkward stage when he is assigned to tail a teenage beauty. The action sequences are punched up with effects by Pixel Magic and Eyetronics. The film was written by Jeffrey Jurgensen, Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. Harald Zwart directs.