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Night of the Lepus (1972)

Giant mutant rabbits terrorize the south-west.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Morrell ...
Jackie Hillman
Chuck Hayward ...
Dr. Leopold
Bob Hardy ...
Professor Dirkson (as Robert Hardy)
Richard Jacome ...
Deputy Jason
Inez Perez ...
Walker (as G. Leroy Gaintner)


Cole Hillman's Arizona ranch is plagued with 'mongrel' rabbits, and he wants to employ an ecologically sound control method. As a favor to college benefactor Hillman, college president Elgin Clark calls in zoologist Roy Bennett to help. Bennett immediately begins injecting rabbits with hormones and genetically mutated blood in an effort to develop a method of disrupting rabbit reproduction. One of the test subjects escapes, resulting in a race of bloodthirsty, wolf-sized, man-, horse-, and cow-eating bunnies. Eventually the National Guard is called in for a final showdown with the terrorizing rabbits. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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They were born that tragic moment when science made its great mistake... now from behind the shroud of night they come, a scuttling, shambling horde of creatures destroying all in their path. See more »


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Release Date:

4 October 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rabbits  »

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Box Office


$900,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Fix and DeForest Kelley had both previously portrayed medical officers of the USS Enterprise on Star Trek (1966). Kelley had a regular role as Dr. "Bones" McCoy and Fix played Dr. Piper in the second pilot episode, Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966). See more »


Elgin Clark's first name is pronounced two different ways throughout the movie, sometimes with a hard "g" and sometimes with a soft "g." See more »


Gerry Bennett: Rabbits aren't your bag Roy.
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What was the intent,here?
5 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

My review will be brief,here.If you are an adult viewing this film for the first time,you are sure to have a few good laughs. If you are an easily frightened 7 year old kid,such as I was when I saw it,it will give you nightmares about rabbits.I am not sure what the intent was here,whether they felt they had a legitimate horror film,or that they went out of their way to be silly,but the film is exactly that;silly.If your kids are easily frightened,keep them away until they are adults who are able to see the humor.If you are one who likes to collect bad movies for fun,or if you are genuinely frightened by the idea of giant killer rabbits,this one is for you.

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