Night of the Lepus (1972)

Definition of Lepus
1a genus (the type of the family Leporidae) comprising the typical hares

I watched this 1972 waskily wabbit horror film, based on the science fiction novel “The Year of the Angry Rabbit” (1964) by Russell Braddon, on Svengoolie. The film was produced by A.C.Lyles and directed by William F. Claxton (Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie) who both had been working only on Westerns.

The movie was originally called Rabbits but Metro Goldwyn-Mayer changed the title and avoided keeping the word rabbit from any of the promotional material although some rabbit feet promotional items did come out pre-release. They also used ketchup for blood which is very noticeable. When the rabbits are roaring it is really just them yawning – awe cute.

The movie stars Stuart Whitman (Barbed Wire, Cimarron Strip, The F.B.I., Under Siege, The A-Team, Murder She Wrote) , Janet Leigh (Psycho-killed in the shower, she married Tony Curtis and her daughter is Jamie Lee Curtis),

DeForest Kelley (Bones on Star Trek and lots of westerns) and Rory Calhoun (he also was in lots of westerns including The Texan -78 episodes). The movie is not that great so I’ll give it 1.8 out of 5. Check out Wikipedia, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes for more information on this movie.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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