19 April 2014

Night of the Lepus (1972)
88 min.
Directed by William F. Claxton.
With Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, DeForest Kelley, Paul Fix.
There's little to recommend this drab novelty horror.

In the desert, scientists Whitman and Leigh try to curb an out-of-control rabbit population by injecting a lab specimen with a hormone-altering serum.

But the bugger escapes into the wild and experiences an unexpected side effect: he grows to ginormous size and becomes a ferocious killer!

It's not long before there's an entire battalion of murderous, oversized rabbits prowling the mesas.

What shoulda be an enjoyable hoot to watch - full of laughs and oddball touches - is instead a spiritless exercise in fatigue.

The players seem uninspired (especially Kelley, Leigh) and there's no tension to be found anywhere.

There's plenty of fake blood on display, and the rabbit paw-swipes warrant a giggle here & there. But this colorless project just drags on and on...

Leigh tries to add some fire with her 'standoff scene' against the furry bunnies, but it just doesn't cut it.

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