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Night of the Lepus (1972)

Giant mutant rabbits terrorize the southwest!!

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Cole Hillman
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Sheriff Cody
Melanie Fullerton ...
Amanda Bennett
Chris Morrell ...
Jackie Hillman
Chuck Hayward ...
Jud
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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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Storyline

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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4 October 1972 (USA)  »

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$900,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Lucky rabbit feet, with red paint ("blood") on the toes, were distributed as a promotion. See more »

Goofs

In Captain Billy's mining shack, a crew member's boots can be seen through a hole in the wall, just before Chris Morrell walks by. See more »

Quotes

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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Cottontails On the Rampage Doesn't Make For A Bad Film!
20 November 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

OK, I've read several of the reviews/comments for this film and I must stand and be counted as one of the fans of this low-budget film. Sure, the story may be ludicrous and the effects may be bad, but face it, this film doesn't deserve all the bad publicity it always receives. It's got a nice cast and they all seem to be genuine in their efforts to make this film a success, but it does fall short of it's target in several aspects. I'd say the one constant in this film that bothers me the most is the young girl, the daughter of Stuart Whitman and Janet Leigh, I'd have gladly fed her to these rabbits in the first 20 minutes or so, but beyond that, I really don't see all the fuss about how horrible of a film this is. It's definitely an original idea for a horror film and if you ever have the opportunity to view the unedited version, there is a scene or two that's nice and bloody, but it isn't a gore-hound's delight and it won't ever sit high among the classics of horror, but I miss the fact that this used to be a staple on late-night TV when I was a kid and you can't see it at all, these days. For those of you with a curious nature, I'd recommend viewing this film at least once, just so you can be counted among film fans that have watched this killer bunny film...trust me, it won't hurt at all!


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