Night of the Lepus (1972) Movie Review

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Night of the Lepus (1972)

1972 | PG | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
88 minutes / 1h 28min

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Night of the Lepus Plot Synopsis:

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 develop a method of disrupting rabbit reproduction. One of the test subjects escapes, resulting in a race of bloodthirsty, wolf-sized, man-, horse-, and cow-eating bunnies. Eventually the National Guard is called in for a final showdown with the terrorizing rabbits.

Night of the Lepus (1972) Review

Night of the Lepus is one of those weird movies that make you wonder what everyone thought when they made this. This film is about rabbits that have been genetically altered in the hopes of slowing down their reproduction cycle but have instead start growing at alarming rates. Worst yet, they have begun eating people. These 150-pound rabbits are still funny to watch even though their all monsters.

I thought the film was okay, but it lacked real scary elements. Bunnies are running everywhere while the director threw tons of blood into the mix. It is a change from the average usual horror movie but still not my cup of tea. I found that it dulled all of my senses except humor. I laughed my a** off in the beginning but later was semi-bored.

  • Night of the Lepus Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 4
  • Overall Score: 2.96
  • IMDB: 4.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 0.8

About Night of the Lepus 1972

Title: Night of the Lepus
Year: 1972
Runtime: 88 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 1.48/5 stars from 3,636 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 3,636
MPAA Rating: PG
Night of the Lepus Cast Starring: Janet Leigh, Robert Gooden, Stuart Whitman, Jerry Dunphy, Rory Calhoun, I. Stanford Jolley, Walter Kelley, DeForest Kelley, Frank Kennedy, Paul Fix, Don Starr, Melanie Fullerton, Peter O'Crotty, Chris Morrell, Phillip Avenetti, Chuck Hayward, Russell Morrell, Henry Wills, Donna Gelgur, Francesca Jarvis, Steve DeFrance, William Elliott, Sherry Hummer, Bob Hardy, Rick Hummer, Richard Jacome, Inez Perez, Roy Gaintner, Evans Thornton
Night of the Lepus Writers: Don Holliday, Gene R. Kearney, Russell Braddon
Night of the Lepus Director: William F. Claxton
Production: MGM
Language: English
Country: USA