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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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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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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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Ravaging beasts feed on human flesh! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

The man playing Dr. Baines is Gordon McLendon. He was the uncredited executive producer and financier of this and its companion feature The Giant Gila Monster (1959). He owned radio stations and a chain of theaters in Texas. See more »

Goofs

At one point the camera pans across the interior of the house and reveals the top of the set walls. 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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Alternate Versions

A colorized version was released in 2007 as part of a double feature with The Giant Gila Monster. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Screaming Skull (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Crime in Progress 4
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
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Better Than You'd Think
30 September 2002 | by twanuritSee all my reviews

The story is intriguing: a scientist experiments with rodents, who turn into giant mutants, running loose on a island of seven people, including his daughter. When their food supply runs out, the creatures turn cannibalistic. Ingrid Goude is good as the lone female, while James Best is best as a seaman who tangles with a drunkard (Ken Curtis) for her affections. But the romantic entanglements soon dissipate when the giant shrews, seeking food, start gnawing at the house of the islanders. This theme predates "The Birds" (1963), "Night of the Living Dead" (1968), even "Signs" (2002).If the monster costumes disappoint, the music, sound effects, performances, atmosphere and pacing more than compensate.


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USA

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Release Date:

1959 (UK) See more »

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Budget:

$123,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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