Ben (1972)

94m 21s, 8491 feet
35mm film, colour
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Phil Karlson. A sequel to Willard (1970), it features a title song that became an international hit for Michael Jackson.

Plot Summary

Ben and the other surviving from Willard (1970) are befriended by a lonely young boy.


Directed by: Phil Karlson
© Bing Crosby Productions, Inc. MCMLXXIII [1972]
From Cinerama Releasing a Cinerama release
Executive Producer: Charles A. Pratt
Produced by: Mort Briskin
Associate Producer: Joel Briskin
Written by: Gilbert A. Ralston
Based on Characters Created by: Stephen Gilbert
Director of Photography: Russell Metty
Film Editor: Henry Gerstad
Music by: Walter Scharf
Sound Recording: Leon M. Leon and David Dockendorf
Costume: Ray Harp and Mina Mittelman
Makeup: Jack H. Young
Hair Stylist: Hazel Washington
Special Effects: Bud David
Photographic Effects: Howard A. Anderson Co.
Art Director: Rolland M. Brooks

Joseph Campanella (Cliff Kirtland)
Arthur O'Connell (Bill Hatfield)
Rosemary Murphy (Beth Garrison)
Meredith Baxter (Eve Garrison)
Kaz Garas (Joe Greer)
Lee Harcourt Montgomery as David [Garrison]
Norman Alden (policeman)
Paul Carr (Kelly)
James Luisi (Ed)
Kenneth Tobey (engineer)
Richard Van Vleet (Reade)
Lee Paul (Careu)
Scott Garrett (Henry Gray)
Arlen Stuart (Mrs Gray)
Richard Drasin (George)

Alternative Titles

Ben, la rata asesina – Mexico
Råttorna slår till igen – Sweden

Willard (1970)

Extracts included in
I Love the '70s (2003)
Moonwalker (1988)

See also
Willard (2003)



  • American Cinemeditor vol.22 no.3 (Autumn 1972) pp.10-11 – article
  • House of Hammer vol.1 no.1 (October 1976) p.4 – note (Stop press: Late news)
  • Cinema TV Today no.10008 (25 November 1972) p.20
  • Filmfacts vol.15 no.10 (1972) pp.217-218
  • Films and Filming vol.19 no.4 (January 1973) p.51
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.218 no.47 (26 November 1971) p.6 – credits
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.40 no.468 (January 1973) p.4
  • Variety 14 June 1972 p.24


  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig  p.57
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.246-247
  • Film Review 1974-75 by F. Maurice Speed (ed) p.184-185
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.28
  • Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir pp.169-171 – credits, synopsis, review
  • by Walt Lee p.30 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film , Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.519-520
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.416-417 – illustrated review (by Thana Niveau)