Thursday, June 19, 2014

Night of the Lepus (1972)

How bad is it? It's one of the sillier giant animal movies.
Should you see it? Oh, yeah.

This takes place in the American Southwest, so it's not surprising to see a cast of former western actors: Stuart Whitman, Rory Calhoun and DeForest Kelley, but this film also has a slumming Janet Leigh. Genetic experiments are done on rabbits to decrease their reproduction rate but make them larger. The bunnies also become carnivorous. And they roar like lions. Sometimes there are men in rabbit suits, but mostly there's miniature sets with bunnies running amok. I kept thinking that they could've made a scary movie out of this (perhaps in Australia), but the rabbits are just too cute to be scary.

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