Monster of the Week: Giant Lepus (Night of the Lepus) – 1972 | New 5th Edition Monster

There is a herd of killer rabbits headed this way and we desperately need your help!
Panned on its release, the 1972 horror disaster, Night of the Lepus, featured one of film’s least terrifying monsters – giant bunny rabbits. Released during a wave of horror environmentalist movies, the studio looked ready to cash in on man-made monsters that bit the hand of their human creators. Originally titled Rabbits, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer changed the name and stripped out any references to the animals in promotional materials to keep the poor choice of horror monsters a secret. They even went so far as to design posters depicting only eyes to further hide the films antagonists from would-be audiences. Unfortunately, many promoters forgot to cancel handing out rabbit’s foot themed promos initially conceived and the furry secret hopped out before the films release.
Despite bad acting, poor direction, poor special effects and the film’s complete inability to create even a tingling of fear from the on-screen bunnies, the film has some impressive acting pedigree. Leading man Stuart Whitman had a decades long career that included an Academy Award for 1961’s The Mark. And leading lady Janet Leigh starred as the eponymous ill-fated Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho over a decade earlier. She was also the mother of scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis. Many critics at the time noted that Leigh must have been slumming it to star in such a film, but at least gamers get a little something out of this doomed flick – giant killer Bunny rabbits!

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Published by Jesse B

Eclectic taste for horror and dark fantasy

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