The b-movies from the fifties gave us a lot of things to feel scared about. Well true, mostly radioactive monsters. But they didn’t gave us one thing to be really scared about. This gem from the Seventies makes up for it as a population of huge killer rabbits terrorizes the Arizona countryside. Be scared, be fluffy scared!
The movie is as hilarious to watch as is its plot. Nothing has made me laugh harder than some cute rabbits with fake blood on their noses hopping through a miniature landscape. It doesn’t matter how hard the movie tries, the rabbits just never look scary. As a silly horror spoof the movie might have worked but the entire cast and crew try hard to make it as serious as possible, failing miserable. Speaking of the cast, some familiar faces make an appearance in ‘Night Of The Lepus’, including Star Trek’s DeForrest “Dammit Jim, I’m a doctor, not a rabbit breeder” Kelly, but non of them really shine and just act their way through the cheesy dialogs.
It isn’t that the movie is that bad. The music is good, the special effects and miniature work is pretty decent. But in the end, it’s nothing more than a bunch of actors trying to be scared of the cutest animal in the world.
What I learned from watching:
- If you’re on a budget, red paint is an excellent replacement for fake blood.
- The military is always a phone call away.
- I wouldn’t believe a police cop shouting a horde of killer rabbits is on its way either.
- Electrified railroad tracks is all you need.
- I love the smell of burning rabbits in the morning!
Genre: Sci-Fi / Horror / Thriller
Duration: 1h 28min
Director: William F. Claxton
With: Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun
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.