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The Killer Shrews1959

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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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 (10)

Not particularly watchable until the climax.

October 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.

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

Shrew'd & Spoofy!

January 2, 2005 | Full Review…

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

July 17, 2003 | Rating: 0/5

Too campily amusing not to like.

April 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

September 20, 2001

Audience Reviews for The Killer Shrews

The new MST3K Netflix original has been released and I decided to expose myself to some of the old episodes available for streaming on Hulu and Netflix (there is a different random selection on each platform). Whether it is Joel or Mike watching these awful movies with the bots I do not envy the torture they are put through. Their snarky comments add some entertainment value, but my ratings are based on the movie's quality itself and not the extra material broadcast from the satellite of love. A black man is the stereotypical comedy relief. This movie also has a foreign mad scientist, a damsel in distress, and a dashing hero. Cheaply made and full of clichés. It is memorable for the silly monster effects. These switch between hand puppets of the snarling heads of the shrews and greyhound dogs in costumes that make them extra hairy, but with hairless tales to look more rodent like. The bare minimum of thought was put into all aspects of this production.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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

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