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Night of the Lepus
How many eyes does horror have?
Giant mutant rabbits terrorize the southwest!!
[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]
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?!?
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.
SO MANY SLOW MOTION SHOTS OF RABBITS RUNNING IN A CAVE
HONESTLY ONE OF THE WORST MOVIES I'VE EVER SEEN!!!
The Basic Plot:
Somehow, Adorable Little Bunny Rabbits Grow Into The Size Of Skyscrapers And Go On A Bloody Rampage In The Midwest!
Not Much, Other The Hilarious Performance Of Deforest "Bones" Kelley As The Sheriff
An Otherwise Intriguing Idea Is Obliterated By A Hokey Script, Hammy Acting And Horrible Special Effects!
0.5/10, 1/5 0.3/100,
Without a doubt, this is the definitive film on the subject of oversized, flesh-eating mutant rabbits. Yes, you read that right. RABBITS.
This is a cult classic so bad it's extremely good, what's not to like ? giant killer bunnies,perfect Saturday viewing watch with a warning, you'll never look at Roger Rabbit the same again
SO MANY SLOW MOTION SHOTS OF RABBITS RUNNING IN A CAVE
In what seems to be a precursor to the 'nature gone crazy' films of the mid-to-late '70's, a combination of forced perspective and miniatures do not work for these cute bunnies. I love the scene of the 'mutated' rabbits just sitting huddled up quietly in the general store. If anything it proves that Stuart Whitman and Rory Calhoun will be in anything.
Also, the scream by the truck driver is hilarious. There's also a Sergeant HIGHTOWER (no Bubba Smith though) and i'm sure Whitman and Janet Leigh enjoyed being referred to as 'a young couple.'
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I don't know if I want to spoil this, since I was unspoiled as to what the film was about, so be warned! Spoilers ahead!
It's hard to fathom how this film got made. At what level did someone pitch this as a subject for a sober, serious horror film? At what point did the budget get approved for a stable of established actors to fill out the main roles? At what point did someone think that FUCKING BUNNY RABBITS CAN BE TERRIFYING?
This is the type of film that falls under the "shitty miracle" category...it is so ill-conceived and earnest in its approach to the material that it becomes something so totally opposite of what it intended that it…
Night of the Lepus (1972)
I did a video review for this one.
How can you possibly review or rate a film like this. In terms of quality, it is no more than a 1-star, in terms of amusement, it deserves nothing less than 5-stars.
Oh, and if you didn't know, Night of the Lepus is about giant killer rabbits. So yeah... get watching!
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