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Night of the Lepus (1972)

Giant mutant rabbits terrorize the south-west.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roy Bennett
... Gerry Bennett
... Cole Hillman
... Elgin Clark
... Sheriff Cody
... Amanda Bennett
Chris Morrell ... Jackie Hillman
... Jud
... Frank
... Mildred
... Dr. Leopold
Bob Hardy ... Professor Dirkson (as Robert Hardy)
Richard Jacome ... Deputy Jason
Inez Perez ... Housekeeper
Roy Gaintner ... Walker (as G. Leroy Gaintner)
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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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Rabbits  »

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$900,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,711,923
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The original title was "Rabbits", but Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer felt the title did not suit a horror film. See more »

Goofs

Before the rabbits stampede the general store, a crew member can be seen in the background of a shot of the empty road. On a miniature set, the man looks about 50 feet tall. See more »

Quotes

Gerry Bennett: Rabbits aren't your bag Roy.
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Featured in Svengoolie: Night of the Lepus (1995) See more »

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As good as I remember it!
4 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

At long last Night of the Lepus has been put out on DVD. After catching most of this gem on TV almost 15 years ago, I was an instant fan and recommended it to anyone who has a taste for the giant creature genre. About 3 months ago I began thinking about Night of the Lepus again and found that is would soon be released on DVD. Oh joy!

Well, I just watched this beauty again, and it's everything I remembered and more. Straight off the bat, it's got Rory Calhoun. Rory Calhoun just keeps popping up in many of my favorite flicks. The true charm of the movie is in the creative ways they had to film bunnies and the absolute seriousness with which the characters treat the ridiculous disaster that has come their way. If giant rabbits appeals to you even slightly, seek out this film. You won't be disappointed.


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