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The Killer Shrews (1959)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 6 April 1962 (West Germany)
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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$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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As Thorne and Jerry are fighting at the gate, Ann and Radford look out the window to see what's going on. In the close-up Ann is wearing a black top, even though she had just changed into a white blouse. When Thorne comes back into the house after the fight, Ann is again wearing the white blouse. See more »

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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 Burying the Ex (2014) See more »

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Finger of Suspicion 2
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Music by Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
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Fun, entertaining 1959 low budget B Horror movie.
29 June 2004 | by (Mansfield, CT USA) – See all my reviews

The Killer Shrews is a low budget B horror movie from 1959. Are there problems with it? Does it seem simple and not as scary as modern horror films? Yes and yes, I just said it was a low budget B movie from 1959. Don't expect too much. Considering this, I've watched this movie several times over the years and find it to be a fun, suspenseful, and entertaining movie. I also believe it to be under rated and well worth viewing. Being under rated, it also is very reasonably priced. You just have to sit back, relax and enjoy it. This type of movie however could not stand up to a close examination. If it's taken too seriously or is put under a microscope, it just won't be able to stand the inspection.


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