Night of the Lepus
First of all, this movie was made in 1972. We are going to be doing a little more of the “classic” stuff over the coming months, while still throwing in the more recent movies here and there.
Stars Janet Leigh and DeForest Kelley. And a guy who we all just swore was the boat captain in Jaws but I don’t think it really was him. Anyway, you’ve got rabbits taking over this big patch of land out in the midwest somewhere. The rancher doesn’t want to use poison, because he understands the balance, the circle of life, the food chain, all that important stuff. The county sheriff introduces him to a couple of scientists that have an idea. They’ve been experimenting with some kind of hormone that might interrupt the rabbit’s breeding cycle, resulting in less bunnies, less destruction, etc.
Unbeknownst to the adults, cutie pie little blonde-hair-black-eyebrowed girl (Janet Leigh’s kid) accidentally lets one of the experimented-on bunnies out into the regular bunny population. Somehow, in the space of less than a day, this results in a population of thousands of gigantic mutant homicidal bunny rabbits marauding through the town, killing everyone in sight, including all the livestock.
I was disappointed that there was no attempt to create giant bunnies for effect, but after all, it was 1972. So instead, they built teeny little sets for the stampede scenes, and just showed really really close up shots of normal sized rabbits with bloody fangs for the “I’m a killer bunny and I just ate someone” scenes. Best they could do, I guess.
Janet Leigh was so skinny in this movie I wanted somebody to get her a Quarter Pounder with Cheese, stat. But she was still very beautiful. Dr. McCoy just looked like Dr. McCoy, except in a suit instead of a Star Trek outfit. The acting, effects, writing, everything really, was just bad. But still, you know there will never be a giant killer mutant bunny rabbit movie that I would not highly recommend. You can get it on Netflix.
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