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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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Complete credited cast:
Ingrid Goude ...
Gordon McLendon ...
Baruch Lumet ...
Judge Henry Dupree ...
Alfredo de Soto ...
Mario (as Alfredo DeSoto)


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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All that was left after...THE KILLER SHREWS! (Used in conjunction with a woman's pink pump and splattered blood) See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

6 April 1962 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Attack of the Killer Shrews  »

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$123,000 (estimated)


$1,000,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


For its Germany release the film was titled "Die Nacht der unheimlichen Bestien", which means "The Night of the Scary Beasts". See more »


As James Best's first mate is chased up a tree by the shrews you can see the reflective mono-filament pulling the branches down as he falls. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: Those who hunt by night will tell you that the wildest and most vicious of all animals is the tiny shrew. The shrew feeds only by the dark of the moon. He *must* eat his own body weight every few hours - or starve. And the shrew devours *everything*: bones, flesh, marrow... everything. In March, first in Alaska, and then invading steadily southward, there were reports of a new species: the giant, *killer* shrew.
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Referenced in Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »


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Music by Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
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Shrewd...but fun.
23 January 2005 | by (The Void) – See all my reviews

When will the doctors learn? On a desolate and exotic island a doctor with a heart of gold screws up and damn near destroys the world. Am I referring to Fulci's Zombie, no? How about that island with Marlon Brando? Nope, wrong again.

In the Killer Shrews this tome around on that deserted tropical island as seen a hundred times we have mutated shrews threatening to chomp down on our trapped scientists and a boat crew unlucky enough to be carting supplies to the island. Poisonous and hungry these shrews are gonna clean the island and suck the marrow from your bones…burp.

This fun little clichéd cheese fest moves along are a pretty quick pace. The acting is on par with the era, a bit over blown, but who cares. You have to love those shrew monsters. The effects are a bit *ahem* shrewd and laughable. Not to mention the long shots of the animals that appear to be dogs or maybe pigs dressed up in costumes, complete with tail. Good fun to be had by all with a hankering for b-grade sci-horror.

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