The Killer Shrews (1959)

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On an isolated island, a small group of people are terrorized by giant voracious shrews in the midst of a hurricane.


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26 April 2007 | billshattner
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| Yes, it's silly; but can you look past that?
Sigh.....what can one say about this relic from the early era of sci-fi films? Well, I suppose no discussion of this movie can begin without a clear denunciation of the supposed shrews. As Servo, Crow, and Joel are keen to point out, the alleged antagonists of this film are nothing other than dogs with shaggy rugs thrown on their backs. The farther the film progresses, the more this becomes evident. Indeed, if one is looking for real horror, suspense, or even semi-believable mock-science, this film is not the place.

But wait, I say; to quickly dismiss this film as total refuse would be doing it a slight disservice. The reason for this asterisk is the simple fact that despite its technological and prop deficiencies, the movie demonstrates a hardy attempt at character development, and succeeds, in a way. James Best is convincing as the rough-around-the-edges, no-nonsense Captain Sherman, and despite the slimy nature of his character, Ken Curtis (who also produced the film) plays his part well. Furthermore, the character Griswold is jovial and light-hearted, albeit a bit unlucky;) And, if you can manage to work through the incoherency of some of the lines, the dialogue is half-decent; in some scenes, I'd even say it's good (particularly one of the scenes where Captain Sherman talks to Ann, the daughter of one of the doctors). Also, the alcohol switch Jerry pulls on Thorne in one particular scene is truly cinematic comedy, and I am convinced that it was intentional. I don't mean to offer a false pretense; this is not a great film, and in truth, most film-goers likely couldn't make it through the entire movie without falling asleep. However, from someone who enjoys film, and is willing to accept movies on their own terms (at least to a point; I have seen Hobgoblins, after all.....*shudder*), I confidently state that this movie has some redeemable qualities, if only the extra effort is made to see them. Oh, and please: don't copy the drinking habits of the people in this film; your liver will thank you for it.

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