The Killer Shrews 1959

The Killer Shrews

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Capt. Thorne Sherman (James Best) lands his ship on an isolated island to make a delivery, only to find that mad doctor Marlowe Craigis (Baruch Lumet) is experimenting on shrews there in an attempt to shrink them. The opposite happens, and the shrews become enormous and hungry for human flesh, leaving everyone on the island in peril, including the doctor's pretty daughter, Ann (Ingrid Goude), and her unappealing fiancé, Jerry (Ken Curtis). Thorne then tries to organize an escape plan.

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Critic Reviews for The Killer Shrews

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Audience Reviews for The Killer Shrews

  • Jun 09, 2016
    It would be a lot better if there were less talking. The idea was fine, but gosh darn it do something about the killer rats and stop talking!
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2013
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2010
    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
  • Oct 25, 2010
    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 D Super Reviewer

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