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.
Drama , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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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.

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)

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


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 Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

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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

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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

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