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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.

Director:

Ray Kellogg

Writers:

Jay Simms (original story), Jay Simms (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Best ... Thorne Sherman
Ingrid Goude ... Ann Craigis
Ken Curtis ... Jerry Farrell
Gordon McLendon Gordon McLendon ... Dr. Radford Baines
Baruch Lumet ... Dr. Marlowe Craigis
Judge Henry Dupree Judge Henry Dupree ... 'Rook' Griswold
Alfredo de Soto Alfredo de Soto ... Mario (as Alfredo deSoto)
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Storyline

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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"Your skin will crawl with fear at their nearness" See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Attack of the Killer Shrews See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$123,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A sequel, Return of the Killer Shrews, was produced in 2012, again starring Best as Thorne Sherman. Bruce Davison took the role of Jerry. The film also starred John Schneider and Rick Hurst, Best's co-stars in The Dukes of Hazzard. The length of time between the original film's release and the sequel's release (over 54 years) is one of the longest between film sequels in history. See more »

Goofs

As James Best's first mate is chased up a tree by the shrews you can see the reflective mono-filament pulling the branches down as he falls. 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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A colorized version was released in 2007 as part of a double feature with . See more »

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Finger of Suspicion 2
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Music by Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
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Shrewd...but fun.
23 January 2005 | by suspiria10See all my reviews

When will the doctors learn? On a desolate and exotic island a doctor with a heart of gold screws up and damn near destroys the world. Am I referring to Fulci's Zombie, no? How about that island with Marlon Brando? Nope, wrong again.

In the Killer Shrews this tome around on that deserted tropical island as seen a hundred times we have mutated shrews threatening to chomp down on our trapped scientists and a boat crew unlucky enough to be carting supplies to the island. Poisonous and hungry these shrews are gonna clean the island and suck the marrow from your bones…burp.

This fun little clichéd cheese fest moves along are a pretty quick pace. The acting is on par with the era, a bit over blown, but who cares. You have to love those shrew monsters. The effects are a bit *ahem* shrewd and laughable. Not to mention the long shots of the animals that appear to be dogs or maybe pigs dressed up in costumes, complete with tail. Good fun to be had by all with a hankering for b-grade sci-horror.


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