Already time for another Hoop-tober! I've added to the degree of difficulty by only listing first-time watches. Well, I cheated…
Night of the Lepus
How many eyes does horror have?
Giant mutant rabbits terrorize the southwest!!
Absolutely bonkers. Only EVIL people can dislike this fine example of rabbitsploitation. This is basically a vintage SyFy Channel production, but with less cameos and even crappier special effects. But boy, it's a lot of hairy jumping to love!
[shot of people exploring area]
[cut to shot of bunnies running in slow-motion through a diorama-unworthy recreation of same area]
[cut to stuntman in fur suit jumping on Rory Calhoun or Stuart Whitman or some other indistinguishable jerk]
[cut to awful kid actors]
[cut to people carefully placing bunnies in garbage cans]
[cut to low-angle shot of bunny covered in red goop or white goop "menacingly" bearing teeth while that street-organ / baby-toy bit from the beginning of Steely Dan's Pretzel Logic plays]
[cut to tableau of carnage consisting of actor buried up to his chin in grass and faker-than-fake dismembered limbs covered in red paint discretely scattered about]
[cut to science lab]
SHERIFF (to doctor): So, what've we got here? Vampires?
[cut to DeForest Kelley dropping a rock down a hole]
[cut to Janet Leigh wondering where the last 12 years went]
An object lesson in the difference between taking a silly premise seriously and treating a silly premise with undue gravity. Once you know the basic premise and get that disbelieving chuckle out of the way, you've had just about all the fun you're going to have. Though the wonder of DeForest Kelley's enormous '70s 'stache can't go unmentioned.
Film #16 of The Hunt for Red Hoop-Tober
Suppose for a moment that Marion Crane didn't die at the Bates Motel, but actually faked her death there, changed her name to Gerry, married a scientist, had an annoying kid who took their lab animal out into the desert and let it breed with other rabbits causing thousands of giant rabbits bigger than horses whose hobbies are gnawing on people until they gush day-glo blood...
Well, Marion did die at the Bates Motel thanks to our buddy, Norman, but Janet Leigh survived to play that woman named Gerry in the wonderfully ridiculous Night of the Lepus, a film that I first caught part of nearly 30 years ago on late night…
Not nearly as much fun as a film about a tide of giant rabbits marauding the Arizona countryside should be. It does have it's moments but they are few and far between. I found myself, as I often do in marauding beast films, rooting for the animals to eradicate the humans. No such luck this time out. Boo! Hiss!
Down with humans! All hail the giant fluffy magnificence of our lapine overlords!
Seriously though, if they had just upped the body count this film would have had potential for ridiculous cheesy fun.
Shocktober Day Twenty-Five.
"Attention! Attention! Ladies and gentlemen, attention! There is a herd of killer rabbits headed this way and we desperately need your help!"
How did I miss this film for so long?!?
I chuckled once or twice. Not as bonkers as I had expected, but it was still worth it to see some giant rabbits and men in ridiculous rabbit suits wrestling with actors. I just wish that the one and only Deforest Kelley and that glorious mustache of his had more screen time!
At one point a policeman walks in front of a drive-in movie crowd and announces "Attention! There is a herd of killer rabbits headed this way and we desperately need your help!"
Not one single person questions his statement.
These people deserve to die!
Something about a vertical shaft and three holes.
No animals were harmed during the making of this film.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Giant wasps? Yeah, there could've been something there. Giant bunny rabbits? Not so much. The biggest mystery is how this movie ever got past the idea stage of development. Didn't someone, somewhere say "that's ridiculous, that could never work"? Not the screenwriter, not the director, not the people who financed it, not the cast, not the script girl, not the caterer....no one? The mind reels.
Sadly, Night of the Lepus became a reality; so forever minted on film is poor Janet Leigh (Psycho) and DeForest Kelley (Star Trek) battling giant bunnies. In the desert, Leigh and fellow scientist Stuart Whitman, are trying to curb the local rabbit population by, you guessed it, injecting them with a serum, and no guesses…
Rancher Rory Calhoun (standing and walking as he's known to do) has an infestation of rabbits. He turns to DeForest Kelley who recruits scientist team Stuart Whitman and Janet Leigh to help control the rabbits without killing everything else on his land. Through a series of mishaps, they create a strain of giant, ferocious rabbits that rampage across the American Southwest killing people left and right. So, this is not a good movie. The dialogue is terrible. The plot is ridiculously convoluted. The old pros do a decent job, but most of the supporting cast are awful. All this might be forgivable if not for the simple fact that nobody is afraid of rabbits. The film uses real, normal rabbits and tries a bunch of effects and visual tricks to make you believe they are giant, killer beasts. They are bunnies.
"Night of the Lepus is a lot of things all at the same time: both generic & bizarre, both adorable & nightmarish, both super cool & super lame. These inner conflicts are partly what makes it such a fascinatingly re-watchable cult classic. Well, that and the gigantic, murderous rabbits."
Watched for the Scavenger Hunt #15 June 2016
This is not a great movie. It is not a good movie. It is a classic bad movie starring rabbits running in slow motion, Dr. McCoy with a mustache, and a concerned-looking Janet Leigh. It's a fun enough watch, as long as you have a decent amount of patience. I suggest the Rifftrax version, which lowers the boring level and highlights the inherent funniness of big bunnies.
Ugh. So boring. So many normal sized rabbits being played off as giant menacing Lepus (thank you POV and zoom). What the actual fuck was the screenwriter/director/ producer/actors thinking?
This isn't a movie.
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