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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
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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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$900,000 (estimated)
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Posters for the film didn't feature any rabbits. Marketers feared that audiences wouldn't take the film seriously if they found out about the giant killer rabbits too quickly. See more »

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The first time we hear of Roy and Gerry Bennett, Elgin Clark says they are a "young couple from the East." But when we see them, they appear to be in their forties; and in fact, when the film was released, Stuart Whitman (Roy) was 44, and Janet Leigh (Gerry) was 45. See more »

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Officer Lopez: Attention! Attention! Ladies and gentlemen, attention! There is a herd of killer rabbits headed this way and we desperately need your help!
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Just when you thought it was safe to back into the carrot patch!
26 February 2004 | by (Fayetteville, GA) – See all my reviews

For all those film critics who claim that Hollywood is scared to try new ideas, here's proof that Hollywood will try anything. After making monster movies which feature every imaginable kind of vermon and pest, Hollywood got desperate and made one about monster rabbits.

(Monster RABBITS?)

That's right, the word "lepus" means rabbit. The story concerns a group of scientist who try to solve a rabbit over-population problem in the Midwest by injecting the bunnies with a hormone intended to decrease their breeding abilities. Instead, the hormone increases the rabbits' growth rate until they weight 150 pounds, stand four feet tall, and roar.

(ROARING rabbits?)

Right! That's part of what makes them MONSTER rabbits. The special effects involve a combination of real rabbits on miniature sets and actors in monster rabbit suits.

(Monster rabbit SUITS!?)

The National Guard is called in to battle this menace to mankind.

(The National Guard battles BIG BUNNIES!!?)

Yes, indeed. Producer A. C. Lyles and director William F. Claxton knew full-well that a distinguished cast was needed to lend credibility to this bold and risky venture, so they hired Stuart Whitman ("City Beneath the Sea"), Janet Leigh ("Psycho"), Deforest Kelly ("Star Trek"), Rory Calhoun ("The Texan"), and Paul Fix (numerous westerns).

These fine stars did their best, but alas it wasn't enough, and "Night of the Lepus" is considered a failed experiment. What the film needed was Morris Ankrum as an army general who uttered lines such as,

"Good Lord, if we don't stop these monsters, there won't be a single carrot left on the planet!"

Now that I would love to see.


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