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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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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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The man playing Dr. Baines is Gordon McLendon. He was the uncredited executive producer and financier of this and its companion feature The Giant Gila Monster (1959). He owned radio stations and a chain of theaters in Texas. See more »

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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 »

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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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