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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?!?
"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.
This may be my favorite giant mutant animals attack movie, mostly because whenever they show herds of bunnies on a set built to scale, I involuntarily think of HOW CUTE it must have been during filming.
1970's creature features took sucktitude to a whole new level. Here we have a flick about killer rabbits shot as Western. Not an awesome Spaghetti western though, more like an episode of Bonanza or The Virginian. They have ZERO special effects in his movie, its like what you would to expect to see if someone shot a movie in their back yard on the super 8 they got for Christmas. The rabbits are just normal sized rabbits stomping around on models or being zoomed in on, or being zoomed out on and revealing men in bunny suits. Truly bananas, truly awful, but everyone should see this movie once in their lives.
I'd always seen ads for this flick on TNT as a kid. So it was incredibly overhyped for me because GIANT RABBITS.
Every single star I award is for the special effects. It is just SO MUCH FUN. GIANT RABBITS. SPILLING BLOOD ON TINY LITTLE TOWNS. YES.
But just about everything else in the movie isn't terribly interesting. The plot just kinda gets us to the giant rabbits. None of the performances are especially fun. Even the climax is just kind of, "Oh, okay."
BUT GIANT RABBITS.
So, I give it the 2.5 Stars of Could Go Either Way, but if you love classic miniatures and the idea of GIANT RABBITS (and you should), check it out. They're a hoot.
Just an awful idea for a horror film. I will give it a little credit for some of the effects. The only enjoyment to be found here is accidental.
RiffTrax re-watch for Easter Sunday.
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