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.

(Plot summary by Les Adams)

Runtime original: 1:09:00 —> Runtime at 90to5: 00:05:49

 

Director: Ray Kellogg

Writer: Jay Simms (original story), Jay Simms (screenplay)

Editor: Aaron Stell

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I chose ‘The Killer Shrews’ because it really is a fantastic film. The film in it’s original form is greatly shot & edited. The acting as well is suprisingly good for a B-Movie. The way James Best and Ken Curtis interact with each other is beyond clever. I would not be suprised if most of the stuff was improv. The subtle acting quirks are amazing. I would also like to mention that it is one of the rare times you see a film from this decade to have an African American actor on par with the Caucasion Actor. The part of Rook is played straight and does not fall into stereotypes. The special effects and puppet work is phenominal and like nothing else of it’s time. For a simple creature feature, monster movie it is top of the list.

 

 

 
 
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