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
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As Thorne and Jerry are fighting at the gate, Ann and Radford look out the window to see what's going on. In the close-up, Ann is wearing a black top, even though she had just changed into a white blouse. When Thorne comes back into the house after the fight, Ann is again wearing the white blouse. See more »
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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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 »
Okay, I'll risk it— for a 50's drive-in flick, the movie's rather competently made, even on a severe budget. On the whole, it's well-acted, colorfully photographed, and briskly directed. On the other hand, the waggy-tail shrews are too doggy-like to frighten, unless you're a kitty cat. Fortunately, they're mostly photographed in quick shrouded fashion. Also, the "tank' makes for a funny and cleverly motivated appearance. At the same time, the plot itself is formula familiar— a scientific experiment gone wrong, along with a hero, a shapely blonde, and a bad guy, all trapped on an island with killer monsters at the door. To me, the formula works, even if about as familiar as my old shoes.
A couple of nice touches. The primitive "tank" may look silly, especially with its underpowered three person motor, but is an imaginative one-of-a-kind. Just don't look for it at a Nascar speedway. Note too, how the professor's boring exposition on the nature of shrews is enlivened by Ann's (Goude) fearful background behavior. Thus a dull pill gets some fizz.
As a 50's drive-in vet, I'm a bit puzzled how so many folks find the 69-minutes a camp classic. Sure, it's got amusingly goofy aspects. But frankly, I found it more entertaining than funny, even if forgettable.
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