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- Rated: PG
- Starring: Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, DeForest Kelley
- Written By: Don Holliday (screenplay), Gene R. Kearney (screenplay)
- Directed By: William F. Claxton
- Genre: Killer Animals
- Run Time: 88 Minutes
31 Days of Horror Movies: Night of the Lepus
By Robert T. trate
October 01, 2013
Night of the Lepus (1972)
© A.C. Lyles Productions
Halloween is a special time. It is the one time of year when everyone gives of themselves. What they give can be anything from candy to a scare. We thought this October, we here at Mania would give you 31 Horror Films for the 31 days of October. Now, many of you will know these films. Some of you, may not. Get ready for 31 days of Horror Films that will run gauntlet from scary to campy, from horrific to down right ridiculous. Happy Halloween from Mania!
So let’s start off with what you might be stuck with, at the video store, on Netflix, or just streaming, on Halloween night after that awesome party you were supposed to go to fell through…
Night of the Lepus (1972) starring Janet Leigh (Psycho) and DeForest Kelley (Star Trek) is a crazy film, wait… you probably do not know what a Lepus is? The word Lepus is the technical term for Rabbit. So, basically, the title of the movie is the “Night of the Rabbits”. Yeah, that’s right, killer rabbits almost like the Monty Python kind. However, these rabbits are bigger than a Mack Truck, blood thirsty, vicious, and highly reproductive. You see these rabbits that are terrorizing a small town.
The plot is pretty standard and hasn’t really changed in the last 31 years. Scientists experiment on some rabbits, this time with growth hormones, and one of the experimental rabbits get mixed up with non- experimental rabbits and then all hell breaks loose.
Now, this movie is far from good. It’s campy 70’s horror schlock. It does have some great stuff in it, though. The first being the blood thirsty rabbits and the second is all the miniatures. They use regular rabbits with tiny towns and cars to add to the “illusion”. However, my absolute favorite is when they do close ups of rabbits licking the really bad fake blood off their teeth. It’s almost as cheesy, in a good way, as the menacing sound effect for when the rabbits are in full stampede.
Our first suggestion is a doozy, but you’ll defiantly laugh the rest of the night.