Night of the Lepus (1972) - Rotten Tomatoes

Night of the Lepus (1972)




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Giant Flesh-Eating Rabbits Ravage American Southwest After Scientist Slips Up! Such is the plot of this unintentionally campy horror outing. The trouble begins when a researcher's experiment to use hormone injections to control Arizona's burgeoning rabbit population goes terribly awry, causing the cuddly rodents to grow to enormous proportions. In order to facilitate their growth, the rabbits need extra protein, and what better source than the relatively slow-moving human population that surrounds their huge subterranean lairs?more
Rating: PG
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Don Holliday, Gene R. Kearney, Gene Kearney
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 4, 2005


Stuart Whitman
as Roy Bennett
Janet Leigh
as Gerry Bennett
Rory Calhoun
as Cole Hillman
DeForest Kelley
as Dr. Elgin Clark
Paul Fix
as Sheriff Cody
Melanie Fullerton
as Amanda Bennett
Chris Morrell
as Jackie Hillman
William Elliott
as Dr. Leopold
Robert Hardy
as Prof. Dirkson
Richard Jacome
as Deputy Jason
Inez Perez
as Housekeeper
Evans Thornton
as Major White
Walter Kelley
as Truck Driver
Don Starr
as Cutler
Donna Gelgur
as Wife in Car
Steve DeFrance
as Husband in Car
Sherry Hummer
as Children in Car
Rick Hummer
as Children in Car
Jerry Dunphy
as TV Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Night of the Lepus

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

Impossible not to admire the total withholding of irony in Claxton's approach to this kamikaze project.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It is this technical laziness as much as the stupid story or the dumb direction that leaves the film in limbo and places it in neither one camp nor the other - neither with Attack of the 50-Foot Woman nor with Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail.

Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A total bloody shambles.

Full Review… | October 2, 2015
Radio Times

The mind marvels at the bravery of the person who walked into the producer's office to pitch this idea.

Full Review… | March 29, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Well worth watching for those enamored by bad films that are unintentionally funny.

Full Review… | September 28, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Rabbits produce two things in obscene quanities: other rabbits and rabbit pellets.

Full Review… | October 28, 2005
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Night of the Lepus


I can't believe I only just heard about this movie. Needless to say, once I heard the plot I wanted to watch it immediately. Giant Killer Bunnies! And not some kind of mutated freaks, they are just large bunnies. The beauty of the film is how serious it all is. Here is a film that has complete faith in its premise. I wonder if the studio though it was going to be a comedy. After all, neither the trailers nor the posters show the large rabbits. Rabbit isn't used in the title either. No matter what though, this is a lovely film. It uses models perfectly, as the bunnies just run around looking gigantic. Their interactions with humans are less convincing. A man in a suit, which completely changes the size and physical attributes of a rabbit. There is some awful dialog, and bizarre moments which make no sense, but also a lot of great characters. At least the farmer and the scientist want to work together. Usually in a film like this there would be a pissing contest for control. A great bit of fun.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer


Bad acting, special effects, and story, but it's funny and amusing. It's so outrageous, the giant rabbits, it made me laugh.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Marion from Psycho and Bones from Star Trek fight a horde of ravenous giant rabbits in the American Southwest. The attack sequences consist mainly of slow-mo cutaways of blood covered rabbits hopping about on miniature sets.

and that's not a bad thing. What's so great about this movie is it's commitment to it's ridiculous subject matter, and the "who gives a fuck what it looks like" attitude toward special effects. I'm so glad this movie exists. It's both a hoot and a holler!

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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