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Night of the Lepus (1972)

PG  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  4 October 1972 (USA)
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Cole Hillman
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Sheriff Cody
Melanie Fullerton ...
Amanda Bennett
Chris Morrell ...
Jackie Hillman
Chuck Hayward ...
Jud
Henry Wills ...
Frank
Francesca Jarvis ...
Mildred
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Dr. Leopold
Bob Hardy ...
Professor Dirkson (as Robert Hardy)
Richard Jacome ...
Deputy Jason
Inez Perez ...
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Walker (as G. Leroy Gaintner)
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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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$900,000 (estimated)
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The glory of B-movies, where else would you see this!
17 October 2005 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Campy, hokey, and oh so hilarious B movie is an unforgettable tale of nature on the rampage.

In rural New Mexico folks trying to eliminate the rabbit population create a race of huge, killer rabbits that terrorize mankind!

Night of the Lepus is one of those golden B flicks that must be seen to be believe. It's wonderfully tongue-in-cheek in its premise, and builds up some good moments of spookiness despite of its silliness. For a film of its budget, this movie manages to have some pretty decent special FX, it certainly beats the likes of Food of the Gods (1976) or Empire of the Ants (1977).

The veteran cast is OK in their performances. The late-great Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, and Stuard Whitman are the best of the cast. The music score is bland, but in a nicely moody way.

Night of the Lepus is a classic film not to be missed by fans of the B horror genre.

** 1/2 out of ****


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