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)

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Full Review… | August 19, 2004
Chicago Reader
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...a 1959 low-budget horror flick that is never really scary but does manage to be endearing, thanks primarily to its utter lack of pretension.

Full Review… | November 25, 2014

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
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Full Review… | February 14, 2007
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November 2, 2005

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

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

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