The Killer Shrews

1959

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.

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Cast

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
Dupree
as Rook
J.H.
as Judge
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Critic Reviews for The Killer Shrews

All Critics (10)

Not particularly watchable until the climax.

Oct 26, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

Dec 15, 2007 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Shrew'd & Spoofy!

Jan 2, 2005 | Full Review…

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

Jul 17, 2003 | Rating: 0/5

Too campily amusing not to like.

Apr 24, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

The film's pre-credit voiceover is laughable, and the opening lines of dialogue not much better, but I don't think it deserves its much-maligned reputation

Sep 20, 2001

Audience Reviews for The Killer Shrews

½

When I was younger this was the stuff of nightmares: large rats chewing through the walls to get at you, but now the stilted acting, dull direction, and so-so writing are all too apparent. I still think the idea is good, workable, but the piece could use a larger investment of energy. As it is you'll be angry at the stupidity of the characters, the choices they make, and finally yourself for investing in this.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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
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
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
Michael Gildea

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