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The Killer Shrews (1959)

Passed  -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  6 April 1962 (West Germany)
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On an isolated island, a small group of people are terrorized by giant voracious shrews in the midst of a hurricane.

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Storyline

A disparate group are trapped on a remote island by a hurricane. On the island, a doctor works to make humans twice as small as we already are. This, apparently, will help prevent over population. Unfortunately, his experiments have also created some giant shrews. As the shrews run out of smaller animals to eat, they move in on the people in the house. Written by Dan Whitehead <dan@idg.co.uk>

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They had to eat 3 times their body weight each day... OR STARVE! See more »

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6 April 1962 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Attack of the Killer Shrews  »

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$123,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,000,000 (USA)
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For its Germany release the film was titled Die Nacht der unheimlichen Bestien, which means "The Night of the Uncanny Beast." See more »

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At one point the camera pans across the interior of the house and reveals the top of the set walls. See more »

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Ann Craigis: I know, but I'm not saying you created them, Jerry. I am saying that because of your drunken stupidity in leaving the cage door open you created the horrible situation that now exists.
Jerry Farrell: Look, Ann, this is a mistake any one of us might've made. And I'm getting a little sick of being called an irresponsible drunk, now believe me I am.
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Referenced in Muckman (2009) See more »

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Music by Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
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Scared me in 1959 - still fun to watch today!!!
17 October 2006 | by (Athens, Ga.) – See all my reviews

This movie may seem hokey by today's standards: special effects, cgi, and all the things that make modern sci-fi/horror movies what they are. However that may be, I seem to remember seeing this movie for the first time,when it first came out in 1959, and let me tell you, it scared the bejesus out of me, as I watched through the crack between the theater seats in the row in front of me. I recently came across a 50 movie horror movie collection which, lo and behold, had in it "The Killer Shrews" and I promptly purchased it. I just finished watching the movie, and 47 years later, I still remember many different scenes like it was yesterday. That is the impression "The Killer Shrews made on my 10 year old self. Sure the shrew suits are primitive by today's standards, but in 1959 they were impressive let me tell you. Still fun to watch and reminisce.


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