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overly shrew(e)d

The nice thing about by-the-numbers movies is that they're by the numbers. The drawback to by-the-numbers movies is that you don't need to watch them, because you already know what's going to happen.



Although one person survived the film who I thought would die, I was able to determine (well in advance) the order that the cast of The Killer Shrews would bite it.

First was Rook (the black guy). Then Mario (the Spanish guy - who actually looks a lot like Super Mario). Radford (the geeky scientist who sits down at the typewriter to record his fatal symptoms). ...and finally Jerry (the bad guy scientist).

What made this movie noteworthy was the shrews. Everybody on imdb mentions them, and for good reason. I can't even sufficiently describe them, so I won't.

The theme of the movie is overpopulation. The scientists are experimenting on shrews because they reproduce a litter every 14 days. They're trying to shrink (yes, shrink) the shrews so that (in theory) when resources become scarce in the future, mankind might be able to shrink and thus use fewer resources.

Already you can tell what's going to happen. A mutant batch of shrews are accidentally let out of their cage by (drunken) Jerry. They have the gene expressed all wrong (or whatever) -- they grow to the size of wolves!

The scientists try to kill them by leaving out a hemotoxin, but wouldn't you know it? The shrews ingest the poison, and metabolize the thing. So that it becomes a weapon for them (one bite -- one scratch -- and you will die very shortly). A very potent weapon indeed for a film with seven characters.

The plot can be summarized thus: Captain Thorne Sherman arrives with supplies. Due to an oncoming hurricane, he has to spend the night at the island. During the night, shrews attack. After daybreak, he devises a clever method to escape to the boat. Three of the seven characters survive the film.

The pain? The pain cannot be summarized. Perhaps the nauseatingly-cloying overpopulation speech(es) at the ending might do the job. But probably not.

Sixty-nine minutes which felt like one hundred.



I can't believe so many people have never seen Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone.

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(Anonymous)

I definitely saw Spacehunter, way back in the 80's. The thing is, though, that I'm not sure how much of it I remember, because I get it mixed up with another movie from around the same time: Metalstorm: the Destruction of Jared-Syn (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085935/).


-Sean K.
I keep seeing The Killer Shrews (the movie, not actual killer shrews; although DC does have a bit of a vermin problem, so there might be some of those, too) at Video Vault and being tempted to rent it, but always end up going home with something else instead. I'm glad someone finally watched it.

I'm not sure which amuses me more, that the review you link to was written by "Paghat the Ratgirl" or that the banner ad on the review page is for a goose control service.