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The Killer Shrews (1959)

Not Rated | | 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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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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Coon dogs were used to play the killer shrews. See more »

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It is mentioned early in the movie that the shrews' appetites are so great that if two of them were left in a cage together, the stronger one would kill and eat the weaker. It seems odd, then, that with the hundreds of shrews on the island, they would be so devoted to eating specifically the people that they would dig through the walls of the house, instead of just turning on each other. See more »

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Dr. Milo Craigis: In 24 hours there will be one shrew left on the island, and he will be dead of starvation. An excellent example of overpopulation.
Thorne Sherman: You know something doctor?
Dr. Milo Craigis: What's that?
Thorne Sherman: I'm not going to worry about overpopulation just yet
[Kisses Ann, Fade Out]
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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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