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wisdom in sack cloth and ashes
- don letta
Grade Z attempt to illustrate the danger of overpopulation, using killer shrews as stand ins for humanity. Offering very little in talent... we're presented with a few dull characters hitting their marks and reciting dialog; the dullest being the Swedish dish being served to star, James Best. The truly best part is the escape on overturned oil drums. Well photographed and played, if the same attention had ben paid to the front of the film, it might have accomplished its initial intent... the dangers of overpopulation. That fact seen every day by looking to the middle east, Africa and south of the border. Folks with nothing to do but screw, screw... and the beat goes on.
The dogs made, up as giant shrews, were amazingly real looking and their constant attacks exhausted this viewer while watching nonstop efforts by the players to stave them off. The duck-walk under the oil drums was the most strenuous, last ditch attempt to escape being eaten alive. The final survivors surprised no one, however, which made for a smirky ending.
Ken Curtis was cool
- Jeff Boston
Curtis, of John Wayne film fame, co-produced this big money maker made in Dallas (!?) and yet was willing to play the jerk who gets the tar thrashed out of him several times by the George Bush sound-a-like lead for a variety of reasons, usually involving their duel for the Doris Day look-a-like who (of course) screams when a hurricane blows open a shuttered window, but never does when she sees and is attacked more than once by giant, killer shrews (?!). The hand puppets and made up dogs actually make for an entertaining movie that made a 9-year-old who watched it with me crouch into the fetal position plenty of times with head buried in hands. There must have been a lot of terrified tykes 59 years ago. I love when the Captain concludes this corny comedy by telling the alarmist egghead doctor "I'm not going to worry about overpopulation just yet" (the overblown "overpopulation" hype sure made way too many way too anxious for way too long) and then precedes to very aggressively kiss the lips off of the doctor's daughter right in front of him.
An Underrated Classic
The Killer Shrews is one of many instant classic sci-fi films from the classic era of the drive-in theater! It has great acting, a great setting, great music and great monsters. I also don't understand how people can hate movies like this one. A lot of films from this era don't get as much respect as they deserve. This actually builds up a lot more suspense than other movies made at the time. There's not really anything else to say other than it's a great movie.
A Film Ahead Of Its Time.
Along with "Fiend Without A Face", the Killer Shrews is one of the best party adventure movies way ahead of its time. A party adventure film is a film about a group of individuals thrust into a situation into which they have to use their wits to get out of. In this case they have to get off the island alive. And they have no dice to roll in this film. If you have never seen it I recommend. It is a fun time.
A great sci-fi classic of the 1950s!
- Dan Barefoot
I was eight years old when I saw this movie at the theater in 1959. I very much enjoyed it then, and it remains one of my all-time favorite sci-fi movies. The plot and the acting are really not that bad for a movie made on a tight budget.
B movie classic
I like this film.Its typical B movie stuff and usually gets a "one star" rating on television,but its still pretty entertaining.Even the "shrews" look pretty nasty.Acting and script are predictably subpar,but still watchable.Only real complaint I have is that the movie isnt long enough,only about 70 minutes.I also love James Best,you will remember him as a staple in many westerns and TV shows in the 50s and 60s,also as Roscoe P Coltrane in "dukes of hazzard".Also appearing is Ken Curtis of "gunsmoke" fame.
- Robert Malagoli
I have just seen this film and I loved it. I have to say that the story line is not the best but it is worth the time to see.
outstanding old movie
- deborah upton
i saw this movie over 30 years ago. my friends and i saw this movie at the show. this movie can be enjoyed by thoes who are old movie buffs. i love this old movie.