NIGHT OF THE LEPUS (1972)
This is a re-post from a while back but, what better flick represents this holiday on MonsterZero NJ’s Movie Madhouse!…
Night Of The Lepus tells the chuckle inducing story of hormone experiments intended to curb an out of control rabbit population in the Southwest, that causes not only an increase in size, but heightened aggression and a taste for flesh. Way to go science!
Only in the 70s (ok, maybe the 50s, too) could you have a horror movie about giant carnivorous rabbits and what makes Lepus so much of a hoot, is just how dead serious this flick is. From the direction by William F. Claxton to the performances by it’s veteran cast, including Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh and a mustache sporting DeForest Kelley, Lepus really tries to present itself as a serious horror flick and that makes it all the more fun. From the slow motion scenes of real rabbits running through miniature sets to the close-ups of obviously fake, blood-soaked prosthetic rabbit claws and teeth, Lepus goes the whole way in trying to convince us to be scared of these adorably vicious giant bunnies. Epic fail! There’s even a guy in a rabbit suit jumping on the helpless victims. Seriously, how can you not love that! Whether they’re growling like mountain lions or chewing up the locals, Lepus is a deliriously fun ‘so bad it’s good’ treat. There’s even a few scenes of decent gore to properly represent the rabbit induced carnage. And if that’s not enough to convince you, hold on to your easter baskets for the military v.s. monster rabbit showdown at the climax.
A sheer camp delight! Watched in the right mind set and with the right beverage, this is a great bit of schlocky 70s entertainment. Rated purely as delightfully entertaining cheese! A favorite of mine since I first saw it as a little kid in the 70s!
A solid 3 giant mutant carnivorous bunnies