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Ken Curtis, former singing cowboy and Gunsmoke's Festus, joined right-wing radio's Gordon McLendon in producing this hilariously bad monster movie about a horde of outsized rodents run amok on an isolated island. The creation of mad scientist Baruch Lumet (father of acclaimed director Sidney Lumet), the monster shrews (portrayed by collies in goofy rubber masks!) escape the lab during a hurricane and devour nearly every other animal on the island before seeking human prey -- including star James Best and girlfriend Ingrid Goude (1957's Miss Universe), who are stranded on the island by the same storm. The survivors manage to escape to safety thanks to some goofy contraptions constructed from trash cans. This one is best remembered by bad-film buffs for its tail-wagging canine stars and a multitude of famous names on both sides of the camera. Curtis and McLendon's companion film The Giant Gila Monster is slightly less ridiculous. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
Boring, horrible acting and a highly implausible storyline make this truly a bottom-of-the-barrel piece of trash. Nothing at all good about this film except that it's not much more than an hour so the pain doesn't last too terribly long.
Horrible dialogue, the most pathetic of acting and a weak story have framed Plan 9 From Outer Space as the worst movie ever made when the culprit is right here. You've got the classic "small band of survivors fighting allegedly frightening antagonists" plotline here. I was reminded of Night of the Living Dead a few times throughout the mind-numbing 75 minutes and I'm pretty sure they've got the same score. You might enjoy it if you expect a comedy (which I kind of did) but beyond that it's going to be downright painful. Bite the pillow because this one's going in dry...
You probably need to put your cheezy sci-fi goggles on for this one, because within the time and genre this sucker holds up. It's only 70 minutes that's a buck, ten that actually delivers. The monsters are quite laughable, the dialogue is silly, but at that it's still a pretty exciting flick, and it almost all action in the last half of the film. Although the shrews, when in a long shot, aren't too hard to see are just dogs with yucky fur and tails tacked on, the close ups are kinda creepy, even if fake looking. Also this film is NOT boring at all, as certain films of the ilk tend to be, this one will definitely keep you entertained throughout, and that's really all you can ask from a movie. As for intellectual stimulation: you can look at it as a period of the time and study the local, monsters, and overall aesthetic, as I did (fucking nerd).
The Killer Shrews is what you would expect from the genre. Bad effects, spotty acting, cheesy dialogue, and enough entertainment to keep it watchable. The effects range from bearable to downright awful (for the wide shots they used dogs as stand-ins for the over-sized rodents) but the premise is fun enough albeit cheesy to keep you interested enough to not flick off the tv.
February 17, 2012
The Killer Shrew, what a boring piece of crap. I had the chance to see this film and Attack of the Giant Leeches, and oh boy did they suck. I would have to say these films should be recommended for children because they will be easily impressed. The film opens with two men on a boat looking for treasure and finds an island. This looks good. One guy is told to stay behind while the other goes out and finds inhabitants with a scientist, nervous guy, pretty girl, and their Mexican servant. Night falls and the group is attacked by a group greyhounds that are suppose to be killer shrews. This movie might be entertaining for some who love bad cinema, but I obviously bored, had no fondness for the shoddy creatures, production, plot, and script. I found myself pushing forward button a number of times to speed it up. Killer Shrew is no killer unless you value time. There is a shrewdly climax, but some grab and hammer and avoid this film.
The Killer Shrews can be summed up in joke context - a black guy, a mexican and a gaggle of alcoholic nerds are trapped on an island... I've seen much funnier crappy movies but this one will do in a pinch. If you drink I'd recommend having a couple before you start the movie so you can be in the same book rather than on the same page as the actors.
I actually bought this for Halloween years ago but didn't review it because it's...
I can't describe it. I'ts got wooden acting, sci-fi cliches, dogs with rugs on them for monsters, and it's boring. Don't watch it.
Two stars for pure ridiculous, inaccurate FUN! Shrews are among my favorite animals, and this is a 'scientific' gem fit for mockery! Marvel at the killer shrew's shouldn't-be-there pack instinct! Cheer for the made up taxonomical name! Choke at the sight of dogs in carpet costumes and walrus tusks! Ponder at the shrew's incorrect eating habits! But most importantly, cackle at the fact that there are no poisonous sorex species!