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Return of the Killer Shrews (2012)

| Horror | 2012 (USA)
Fifty-three years after being attacked by killer shrews on a remote island, Captain Thorne Sherman is hired by a reality television crew to return to the island in question. The shrews attack again in short order.

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Cast

Credited cast:
John Schneider ... Johnny Reno
Bruce Davison ... Jerry Farrell
James Best ... Thorne Sherman
Jennifer Lyons ... Mickey
Sean Flynn ... Derek
Rick Hurst ... Harold Rook
Jason-Shane Scott ... Sam
Jeneta St. Clair ... Julie
Christopher Goodman ... Willard (as Chris Goodman)
Katherine Randolph ... Lenora Mallard
Maggie Wagner ... Stella
Holly Weber Holly Weber ... Christine
Jason Nguyen ... Chuck
Patrick Moran Patrick Moran ... Wally
David Browning David Browning ... Neavis
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Fifty-three years after being attacked by killer shrews on a remote island, Captain Thorne Sherman is hired by a reality television crew to return to the island in question. The shrews attack again in short order.

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The Killer Shrews are back, and only one man remembers how to stop them...or die trying!

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Mega Rats - Angriff der Riesenratten See more »

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James Best also starred in the original Attack of the Killer Sheews (1959). See more »

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Would have been a 9 if not for BAD CGI
13 September 2013 | by jbar19See all my reviews

What a coup! They got the lead actor of one of the silliest horror movies ever and do a sequel 51 years later!

I'm a biased reviewer because I enjoyed the original movie from 1959. I've seen it on MST3k and unriffed as well and I truly believe it is not as bad as its reputation.

The 1959 version was marred by laughingly bad special effects where they put fake fur and very fake fangs on coon hounds and tried to pass them off as giant shrews. In fact, The Killer Shrews has been included in almost every 'so-bad-it's-good' movie list for several decades.

A great irony is the new version is also almost sunk by really, really bad computer generated killer shrews. Man, do they look lousy! They have no natural movements and the sense of proportion is WAY off. They might have been better off with coon hounds.

This is a campy, tongue-in-cheek homage done by someone who really knows the old movie. The set of the old movie is lovingly recreated complete with endless liquor bottles, comically sparse furniture and minimal set design. The movie doesn't take itself too seriously. John Schneider especially seems to be having a blast with the over-the-top dialog.

James Best, character actor for over 60 years is the real gem here. He was great in the original and he shines here too. He is surprisingly believable and steers this wacky, tacky little movie along, preventing it from getting caught up showcasing the silly, 1 dimensional background characters, most of whom, thankfully,become Bad CGI Shrew Food.

I confess I loved the original and maybe I'm not the most objective reviewer, but I really enjoyed this goofy little movie... more than I expected.

If you set your expectations correctly, you should enjoy it as well. It is a low budget, Made-for-SyFy-Channel type movie that wont win any awards for acting or screen writing but it is silly, funny, true to the original and more entertaining than I expected.


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