Monday, March 19, 2012

Night of the Lepus (1972)

Three years before JAWS attacked audiences world-wide, another diabolical beast was unleashed from the bowels of hell... Man's selfish attempt to control the rabbit population in Arizona turns deadly when an experimental hormone causes the animals to grow into giant-sized killers in NIGHT OF THE LEPUS! A film so baffling and benign that the distributors were forced to remove any indication of the furry critters from the marketing materials in order to dupe audiences into seeing it. The first question, of course, is "How can you possibly make giant rabbits frightening?", with the obvious answer being that you can't. NIGHT OF THE LEPUS is ridiculous in its attempts to scare, generating nothing but laughs from start to finish. The rabbits are filmed up close in slow-motion and dripping with blood as they maul the locals, but they are only as cute as they are harmless. What makes things even more absurd is just how serious the film takes itself. Horribly mutilated bodies are left in the wake of the rabbits destruction after they hippity-hop their way through town. Most unbelievable of all is how professional the special effects and miniatures are handled for a film about giant killer bunny rabbits. Janet Leigh, Stuart Whitman, and Rory Calhoun deserve Oscar nominations just for withholding their laughter during filming. When it comes to unintentional humor, B-Movie fans can do no better than NIGHT OF THE LEPUS.

Rating: 5/10.

Movies like NIGHT OF THE LEPUS:
FOOD OF THE GODS, DAY OF THE ANIMALS, FROGS, ATTACK OF THE KILLER SHREWS, ZAAT, ROBOT MONSTER.

5 comments:

  1. "Horribly mutilated bodies are left in the wake of the rabbits destruction after their hippity-hop their way through town."

    I must admit this line made me guffaw.

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  2. Laz, this is one of my all-time favorite films. No joke. It is so utterly absurd, it makes me laugh every time!

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  3. This is a fact that shouldn't be ignored: this movie is about people trying to turn rabbits gay.

    That fact alone makes it the greatest thing ever.

    DeForrest Kelly's sweet 'stache seals the deal. 'Nuff said.

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  4. funny i was just having a conversation with someone of this film... bad is great.. and great is great.

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  5. I know you love this film as much as I do Alec, and Jer, not a week goes by where I dont somehow manage to make reference about Night of the Lepus to unsuspecting friends and family.

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