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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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They had to eat 3 times their body weight each day... OR STARVE! See more »

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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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This low budget feature is still regarded as one of the most successful "regional films." Unlike other regional films, it not only received national distribution, it also had some foreign sales. See more »

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At one point the camera pans across the interior of the house and reveals the top of the set walls. See more »

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Thorne Sherman: If you have to be isolated for your work you sure picked a lonely little island.
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Spoofed in Dead End (1985) 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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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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