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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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Parody of the 1959 cult classic "The Killer Shrews." Hilarity ensues as small town Sheriff Martin Blake, movie starlet Fiona Rae and others defend the world from an onslaught of giant killer shrews.

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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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Budget:

$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 Beasts". See more »

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The narration of the prologue ends with "First in Alaska, and then moving steadily southward, there were reports of a new species, the giant killer shrew." In the film itself, the giants shrews were created, and limited to, an isolated island, presumably off the coast of Texas. See more »

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'Rook' Griswold: Automatic pilot can't play Dixieland jazz on them banjos like I can!
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Hilariously bad!
30 September 2003 | by (Tucson, Arizona, United States) – See all my reviews

I won't recount the plot - such as it is - of this campy classic, because several others have already done so. I'll just give a couple of reasons why it's SOOOO bad that it's hilarious ... which makes it good, or at least entertaining, in a perverse way. First, the "shrews" are quite obviously dogs wearing mop-like wigs and/or bathmats. Easily the worst "monsters" ever put on film. Second, it's clear that Ray Kellogg was on such a tight budget that they weren't going to waste film with reshoots no matter HOW badly a scene went. At one point, one of the actors obviously forgot his lines, so Ingrid Goude prompts him on-camera, saying "Aren't you wondering about my strange accent?" Truly a great moment in cheesy movie history!

Rated "straight" this movie gets about 2 points on a ten-point scale, just above the all- time stinkers like Plan 9 and Manos: Hands of Fate. As unintentional comedy, however, it's pretty entertaining and might rate 5/10.


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