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Title: Night of the Lepus
Post by: IT on October 17, 2006, 04:42:57 PM
Who ever thougth that giant rabbits would make scary monsters needs to have thier heads checked.A terrible movie.


Title: Night of the Lepus
Post by: David Fullam on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Oh, to have been in on the producers meeting where this film was greenlighted. "Giant, killer Rabbits? We haven't done that before, let's roll with it!" What a classic. If you don't have the DVD then go get it!


Title: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Fox Of Nod on April 12, 2006, 06:26:44 AM
OMFG WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Title: Night of the Lepus
Post by: David Lee Ingersoll on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I loved this movie enough to do <a href="http://www.kaijuphile.com/fannest/gallery/displayimage.php?album=15&pos=5">fan art</a>. What's not to love about giant man-eating bunnies!


Title: Night of the Lepus
Post by: TheMark on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
One can only imagine what the movie "Them" could have been if the writers of this film had had a hand in it...

Dr. Medford: Then we pour cyanide gas into the rabbit hole and kill them.

Sgt. Peterson: But how can we be sure that we kill all of them?

Dr. Medford: We go into the rabbit hole and find out.

Agent Graham: Or what? The giant rabbits will twitch us to death and eat our vegetables?


Title: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Happenstance on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Note in the pictures: these ravenous, man-eating rabbits maul people to death--and promptly abandon the body. The rabbits weren't interrupted, either; they had all night to nibble on this guy.

"The Year Of The Angry Rabbit" (the novel on which this movie was..."based") was apparently a screwball political satire in which Australia declares war on the rest of the world (satire!) by unleashing its rabbit problem upon everyone else. The "rabbit problem" is mentioned in the movie's prologue, but like Arthur Herzog's "The Swarm," the connections with the movie pretty much end right there.

Check the IMDB: "Lepus" is the screenwriter's sole writing credit. Small bloody wonder, hah?



Title: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Bobby NYC on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
Only Monty Python was able to make the idea of a kller rabbit work. This movie made me spit coffee through my nose it was soooooo dumb.



Title: Night of the Lepus
Post by: SimonC on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
That's what you find down disused mines? And I thought all the deads held up with now completely rotten wood was iffy enough.

Sounds like a good post-pub film.


Title: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Total Nut on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I saw this on T.V. years ago while staying in a hotel. One thing I noticed that wasn't mentioned in this review was the fact that it looked like they kept using the same footage over and over again to add length to the film while saving money. I swear I saw the same shot of the bunnies running under a bridge at least three times.


Title: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Muffin on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I hate it when people disgrace the dignity of rabbits like this. They're such beautiful animals, like miniature deer and/or horses.


Title: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Shonkin on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Thanks for some real great laughs. I vaguely remembered the movie and was talking with a friend about it. I pulled your site up. Not only was the review great (properly funny!)... Playing those sound clips had me nearly on the floor I was so out of breath... esp. the plaintive clip of the little girl as the guys go gunning for bunny... "Mommy! I... LIKE rabbits!" Oh, man, I'm laughing again as I type. And probably the best of 'em was "Attention! Attention! Killer rabbits heading this way!" Yes, some real wasted minutes here. Hehehehehe...


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Kooshmeister on March 22, 2007, 05:29:10 AM
If this actually happened, if you were actually face to face with around twenty to thirty gigantic rabbits that you knew wanted to eat you, and your comparatively ineffectual shotgun wasn't going to help much.... would you still be laughing?

I still find it amusing that no one seems to think that giant rabbits would be a credible threat to human life. A giant anything can kill a person very easily, and what people seem to forget in a world where rabbits are constantly portrayed as cute and cuddly is that they do have sharp teeth and claws. If you take any animal with claws and sharp teeth, make them fifty feet tall (or however big the rabbits were), and turn them into meat-eaters, then they're going to be real trouble.

As for the movie itself, regardless of whether or not there's any potential in the idea of killer rabbits, this doesn't change the fact the entire thing is just poorly written. What bugs me the most is how everyone seems to roll with the idea of the killer bunnies without needing much convincing. Like, for example, when they enlist the aide of all those people at the drive-in. No one questions Officer Lopez's announcement. A truly clever script could still try to present the idea of giant rabbits as being dangerous, but also acknowledge the nearly universal view of them as cute and harmless by having one or two characters who find the whole thing laughable, only to die a horrible death when they underestimate the behemoth bunnies.

Unfortunately, the script isn't clever. At all. It's treated with such dead seriousness that nothing in it can be taken at all seriously. It just has absolutely no sense of humor, and doesn't seem to think anybody, anywhere would find the subject matter anything other than laughable. So, to me, the movie's crime isn't that it's a bad idea fundamentally, but rather that they totally underestimated (or perhaps overestimated) the audience's reaction. As I said before, practically everybody everywhere finds rabbits cuddly and harmless, and if you're going to use them as movie monsters you've got to touch on this in some way or else the entire thing will fall apart, and the same holds true for any animal normally perceived as cute.


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Torgo on March 22, 2007, 04:34:00 PM
(http://www.ne.jp/asahi/rabbits/osaka/rabbitsozai/baby/netherland/nyunyu03.jpg)


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Kooshmeister on March 23, 2007, 11:11:01 AM
Um... okay.


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Flangepart on March 29, 2007, 03:12:01 PM
Hummm...i think thats a silent agreement with your point, Kooshmeister.
"Aw, come on. Rabbits? Killers? You gotta be kidding...AHHHH! Its got me! Arghhh!"
""I TOLD you!"

Its the deadpan acceptance of this cheeseeater that get it so riffable. The more seriously a movie takes itself, the more it sets up a riffing, when it fails.


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Torgo on April 05, 2007, 08:15:49 PM
Um... okay.

You mean to tell me that the pic I posted of that adorable baby bunny doesn't just instill you with complete fear/dread?   :cheers:


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Kooshmeister on April 21, 2007, 01:26:16 PM
Well, I repeat my earlier statement that a giant anything can kill you, even if it's cute. :)


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Flangepart on April 23, 2007, 11:03:48 AM
Well, I repeat my earlier statement that a giant anything can kill you, even if it's cute. :)
Does that include heavy set Virgins? As per HUNDRA?


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Torgo on April 25, 2007, 10:17:40 PM
(http://www.sue-chan.com/art2/evilbunny.jpg)


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: PaulieB on June 28, 2007, 06:12:04 PM
I saw this film when I was 5 and along with King Kong vs Godzilla and the Legend of Boggy Creek got me in to bad films, monster films and horror films all at the same time. My parents had fun explaining my artwork as a child at Parents evening. LOL :smile:


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: peter johnson on June 29, 2007, 07:06:04 PM
There is just so much I love about "Lepus" -- one hardly knows what to say.
However, I'll just invoke my favorite scene:
When the giant slow-motion bunnies are charging through the tunnel, one of the leaders of the pack/mass steps on one of his own floppy ears and stumbles/nearly causes a pileup/crash.  They cut to another tunnel scene almost immediately, so maybe there was a rabbit pileup --
They jest don't make 'em like that any more . . .
peter johnson/denny crane


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Giant Claw Jr on March 10, 2008, 11:26:59 AM
It came out at the same time as FROGS and both of them were real turkeys i mean awful :bouncegiggle: :thumbdown: :thumbdown:


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Thad Austin on July 03, 2008, 10:47:08 PM
Amazing! I have been haunted by this movie since the night my parents took me to the Skyview Drive-in in Santa Cruz, CA in the summer of 1972. An 8-year boy,  I sat frozen, peering over the low-rise Volkswagen seats in terror. Those RABBITS! Those rabbits... 


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: viciousfly on January 21, 2009, 09:58:32 AM
I remember seeing this flim when I was like around 10 yrs. At first i thought it was just me remembering it wrong, but sure enough it is a real film, I love B moives, I am trying to find one called "Attack of The Chili Monsters"


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Zardoz on April 27, 2009, 08:57:21 PM
My memories of Easter Sunday went like this: Father Michael keeping Mass under forty five minutes so we wouldn't die of heat stroke in church, spiral ham and watching DeForest Kelley in his greatest acting work, which was keeping a straight face for an hour and a half while Flemish Giants stomp the crap out of Lionel train sets.


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Justy on August 16, 2009, 07:54:50 PM
It's been a while but I just wanted to chime in a message that Sheriff Cody - Paul Fix is also a Star Trek alum. Surprisingly he played McCoy's predecessor Dr. Piper in the Where No Man Has Gone Before Star Trek pilot. Just wanted to add that bit! Later folks! 


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Mr Reptilian! on August 27, 2009, 11:52:21 PM
Who ever thougth that giant rabbits would make scary monsters needs to have thier heads checked.A terrible movie.
I agree with you all the way!


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Bonesy on July 08, 2010, 11:55:27 PM
I'm going to subject my flat mates to this movie sometime in the next couple of weeks. It should be noted that Rabbits have no way to break down flesh at all. It would be like a human trying to digest grass, it just isn't going to happen. Not to mention teeth totally unsuited to the consumption of meat. I feel this may be but a trifling concern once I've viewed the movie and no doubt exposed to all manner of major and hopefully entertaining flaws.


Title: Re: Night of the Lepus
Post by: Big Leo of Ajo on January 04, 2011, 07:14:25 PM
About ten years ago, a local man who did the rabbit wrangling described for the local social club in Ajo how he set the rabbits on metal plates and then zapped them to make them jump.  By the way, the drive in featured in the movie is currently for sale.  Own a piece of film history.