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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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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)

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$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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At one point Thorne and Jerry walk past an apparently undamaged rowboat, which would get everyone off the island. When they return to the house they never mention it. See more »

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Ann Craigis: You're a strange man, Thorne. I never met anyone like you. You seem so disinterested in everything. Aren't you the least bit curious? Don't you wonder about the unusual things around here? The guns. The fence. The shattered windows. My accent. Anything?
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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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