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The Killer Shrews (1959)




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A scientific experiment on a small island off the coast of Texas goes horribly wrong and transforms a group of mild-mannered shrews into horrific, gigantic, killer beasts. This campy, low-budget thriller follows the effort of the island's population to defeat the beasts and ensure their own survival.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Jay Simms
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 30, 2005
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James Best
as Thorne Sherman
Ingrid Goude
as Ann Craigis
Baruch Lumet
as Dr. Milo Craigis
Ken Curtis
as Jerry Lacer
Gordon McLendon
as Radford Baines
as Rook
as Judge
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Critic Reviews for The Killer Shrews

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | August 19, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Not particularly watchable until the climax.

Full Review… | October 26, 2011

If you get a few laughs from the bizarre acting and dumb story, that's the most you can expect from this bad film.

Full Review… | December 15, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Shrew'd & Spoofy!

Full Review… | January 2, 2005

Carpet remnants attack! Very funny "MST3K" version, unwatchable on its own.

July 17, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Too campily amusing not to like.

April 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Killer Shrews

Why are the actors standing around talking and drinking for almost all of this movie? The ending has some exciting moments, but they're kinda crazy too. This is a pretty bad excuse for a film.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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.

Derek Daniels

Super Reviewer

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...

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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