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The Killer Shrews (1959)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1959 (UK)
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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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All that was left after...THE KILLER SHREWS! (Used in conjunction with a woman's pink pump and splattered blood) See more »

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1959 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Attack of the Killer Shrews  »

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$123,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,000,000
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1.37 : 1
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At one point Thorne says they should open the windows in the house because of the approaching hurricane. It was a popular belief at one time that opening windows during a hurricane or tornado would equalize the extreme air pressure and save houses from being destroyed. This has since been found to be a myth. 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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Music by Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
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Danger, mutant shrews on the loose
7 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

I've seen The Killer Shrews several times and despite the low budget and reading bad reviews, isn't that bad. It was released in the UK on VHS as part the Screamtime Video series, long deleted but luckily I own a copy.

A small group of people on a remote island are stranded there by a hurricane. One of this group is a scientist who been doing experiments on shrews and as a result, these have turned into giant mutant monsters and have escaped and are hungry. They start trying to get into the house and gradually, members of the group are killed and eaten until there are three survivors and these escape to the sea by using old barrels welded together. Not surprisingly, two of the survivors declare their love for each other at the end.

The giant shrews in this movie are actually dogs with shaggy coats and large teeth.

The Killer Shrews's cast is mostly made up of unknown B-movie actors including James Best, Ingrid Goude and Ken Curtis, who also produced.

This movie is worth looking at, despite its low budget.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.


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