A downright scary telling of the "Pied Piper" legend starring Donovan as the mysterious rat catcher who enters the corrupt, seedy, rat-infested 14th-century town of Hamelin and offers to remove the plague-carrying beasts, but for a price. When that price isn't met, he takes the town's
children instead. Though the legend is left intact, director Demy paints an unforgettable, horribly realistic portrait of the dreary life in the Middle Ages. This is no fairy tale for the kiddies.