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The Killer Shrews (1959)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1959 (UK)
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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Storyline

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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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1959 (UK)  »

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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was one of two features produced by an independent company in Texas and intended to be distributed as a double feature. The other feature was The Giant Gila Monster (1959). See more »

Goofs

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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Soundtracks

Finger of Suspicion 2
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Music by Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
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Better Than You'd Think
30 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story is intriguing: a scientist experiments with rodents, who turn into giant mutants, running loose on a island of seven people, including his daughter. When their food supply runs out, the creatures turn cannibalistic. Ingrid Goude is good as the lone female, while James Best is best as a seaman who tangles with a drunkard (Ken Curtis) for her affections. But the romantic entanglements soon dissipate when the giant shrews, seeking food, start gnawing at the house of the islanders. This theme predates "The Birds" (1963), "Night of the Living Dead" (1968), even "Signs" (2002).If the monster costumes disappoint, the music, sound effects, performances, atmosphere and pacing more than compensate.


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