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The Killer Shrews (1959)
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The Killer Shrews (1959) Boat Captain Thorne Sherman and his black sidekick, "Rook" Griswold (played by an actor named John Henry Dupree, whose nickname was 'Judge" but he was not a judge), arrive to deliver supplies to a remote and isolated island, inhabited by a scientist, his daughter and his aides. Sherman soon learns that the scientist and company have created out-of-control, flesh-eating, monstrous giant shrews. A hurricane hits and all the stranded humans become either meals for or meal-targets for the shrews.

Movie Tagline:
All that was left after...THE KILLER SHREWS! (Used in conjunction with a woman's pink pump and splattered blood)

Title: Killer Shrews, The
Release Date: June 25, 1959
Runtime: 69 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 3.1
Buried.com Rating: 4.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With K

MPAA Rating: Approved

Ray Kellogg

James Best ...Thorne Sherman
Ingrid Goude ...Ann Craigis
Ken Curtis ...Jerry Farrell
Gordon McLendon ...Dr. Radford Baines
Baruch Lumet ...Dr. Marlowe Craigis
Judge Henry Dupree ...'Rook' Griswold
Alfredo DeSoto ...Mario

Ken Curtis
Gordon McLendon

Jay Simms
Jay Simms

Harry Bluestone
Emil Cadkin

The Killer Shrews Horror Film Trailer 1

More Movie Taglines:
  • All that was left after...THE KILLER SHREWS! (Used in conjunction with a woman's pink pump and splattered blood)
  • "Your skin will crawl with fear at their nearness"
  • They had to eat 3 times their body weight each day... OR STARVE!
Movie Quote(s):
  • [while hiding under oil drums, the refugees are attacked by gigantic shrews] Thorne Sherman: Don't let their head get under! They'll flip us over!
  • Dr. Radford Baines: Hematoxic syndrome - it must be hematoxic syndrome.
  • Jerry Farrell: In my book engagement isn't a casual thing.
  • [picking up a torn jacket] Thorne Sherman: They don't leave much, do they?
  • Dr. Milo Craigis: Their available food on ze island is nearing depletion!
Movie Trivia:
  • This was one of two features produced by an independent company in Texas and intended to be distributed as a double feature. The other feature was The Giant Gila Monster (1959).
  • This film and its companion piece, The Giant Gila Monster (1959), marked the directorial debut of veteran special effects man Ray Kellogg.
  • Coon dogs were used to play the killer shrews.
  • For its Germany release the film was titled Die Nacht der unheimlichen Bestien, which means "The Night of the Uncanny Beast."
  • Close-ups of the giant shrews were filmed using hand puppets. The wider shots used dogs made up as the shrews.
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