“If we were half as big as we are now, we could live twice as long on our natural resources!”
A group of people on a hurricane-ridden island try to escape before they are attacked by voracious mutant shrews.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Mutant Monsters
This campy, super-low-budget Mutant Monster flick (the directorial debut of special effects guru Ray Kellogg) possesses a relatively clever sci-fi premise and a few moments of atmospheric tension, but ultimately doesn’t offer quite enough laughs or thrills to mark it as a true “bad movie” classic. The ridiculously amateur-looking giant shrews (puppets in close-up, rug-covered dogs in action scenes) prevent one from feeling any credible sense of horror, instead simply provoking sniggers, rolled eyes, and yawns. In the back of his book, Peary lists Killer Shrews as a Camp Classic, which makes sense — it’s been lampooned fairly effectively by the MST3K crew — but also as a Sleeper, which mystified me until I read Shane Burridge’s review (no longer available online), in which he defends it as a “decent, economical piece of film-making” which “overcomes its limitations by confining its events to one set, using sound effects (the constant wind), lighting, and editing to create atmosphere.” Unfortunately, these elements weren’t enough to win me over; I enjoyed reading creative lampoons of this flick (see, for instance, the Stomp Tokyo review) much more than actually watching it.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Occasional camp value from spectacularly ridiculous dialogue, costumes, special effects, acting, and overall situations
Yes, for its status as a campy cult favorite.