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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 »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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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

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

The narration of the prologue ends with "First in Alaska, and then moving steadily southward, there were reports of a new species, the giant killer shrew." In the film itself, the giants shrews were created, and limited to, an isolated island, presumably off the coast of Texas. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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

The original uncut version contains a brief prologue explaining what a shrew is. In the most common public domain print, this prologue has been completely removed except for the final line of narration ("There were reports of a new species...the giant killer shrew.") which introduces the main title. See more »

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Music by Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
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Fun, entertaining 1959 low budget B Horror movie.
29 June 2004 | by ChuckStraubSee all my reviews

The Killer Shrews is a low budget B horror movie from 1959. Are there problems with it? Does it seem simple and not as scary as modern horror films? Yes and yes, I just said it was a low budget B movie from 1959. Don't expect too much. Considering this, I've watched this movie several times over the years and find it to be a fun, suspenseful, and entertaining movie. I also believe it to be under rated and well worth viewing. Being under rated, it also is very reasonably priced. You just have to sit back, relax and enjoy it. This type of movie however could not stand up to a close examination. If it's taken too seriously or is put under a microscope, it just won't be able to stand the inspection.


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