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NIGHT OF THE LEPUS
1972 / Horror, Sci-Fi
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Directed by William F. Claxton
Written by Don Holliday and Gene R. Kearney
Starring Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, DeForest Kelley and Paul Fix

Cole Hillman's Arizona ranch is plagued with 'mongrel' rabbits, and he wants to employ an ecologically sound control method. As a favor to college benefactor Hillman, college president Elgin Clark calls in zoologist Roy Bennett to help. Bennett immediately begins injecting rabbits with hormones and genetically mutated blood in an effort to disrupting rabbit reproduction. One of the test subjects escapes, resulting in a race of bloodthirsty, wolf-sized bunnies.

The following tags are associated with this movie: rabbits, mutants
Night Of The Lepus (1972)
Review by Michael Mahoney

7 / 10
This film isn't one of those 70's classics people often talk about. It's not an amazing movie. It's a bit silly, even. But I did have a blast seeing it again. It begins on a serious note, an almost documentary-like feeling, about rabbit overpopulation, and the negative effects it can cause for man. And the somber tone continues throughout. This movie doesn't have much going for it in terms of gore, as you can imagine, though there is one scene, showing the remains of a mangled body, that gives us something.

But we do have some pretty likable characters here. And we have (amusing) scenes of rabbits attacking people. DeForest Kelley's role was one I enjoyed, and even the sheriff was a pretty decent guy. It's a bit difficult to understand exactly why the rabbits are so dangerous, but hey, it's the 1970's. Truth be told, Night of the Lepus isn't a great movie, but if you can lay back and enjoy 70's ecological horror films, you could do much worse.
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