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The Killer Shrews [PAL]


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  • Actors: James Best, Ingrid Goude
  • Directors: Ray Kellogg
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Elstree Hill
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X5OU6I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,976 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This DVD is a UK release, (PAL Region 0 DVD) it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need a multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada. Trapped on a remote island by a hurricane, a group discover a doctor has been experimenting on creating half sized humans. Unfortunately, his experiments have also created giant shrews, who when they have run out of small animals to eat, turn on the humans.... James Best … Thorne Sherman Ingrid Goude … Ann Cragis Ken Curtis … Jerry Farrel Gordon McLendon … Dr. Radford Baines Baruch Lumet … Dr. Marlowe Cragis Judge Henry Dupree … Griswold Alfred DeSoto … Mario Written by Jay Simms Directed by Ray Kellogg DVD 5: PAL: Black & White

Customer Reviews

This is one of my favorite funny horror movies ever-----get it!
P. Wideman
He is a tough talking, no nonsense Captain of a supply boat who is contracted out by a small group of individuals living alone on a remote island.
James A Hart
It's good for a laugh or two and that's not a bad thing I guess.
Bart Fargo

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 19, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is an oldie but goodie. It is standard black and white drive-in silliness about scientists on a remote island who have created 'giant killer shrews' that have more than a passing resemblance to collies with bad toupees. This movies stars James Best and Ken Curtis (you've seen them in westerns, including 'Gunsmoke') as well as Ingrid Goude (Miss Universe Sweden 1956) as the daughter of the principal nutty scientist of the Shrew Island Nature Preserve.
Shrews are the smallest of the insectivores, and world wide there are approximately 314 species, of which 'Giant Killer Shrew' is not one. All shrews have short legs, and a long snout. They also have beady little eyes and are primarily insectivores. Shrews are voracious eaters and are easily prone to starvation, so at least in this one area the movie has it right: in the words of Captain Thorne Sherman (James Best) "it looks like a small rat, and smells like a skunk." I couldn't have said it better. Enough of the biology lesson, back to the film...
In this film Captain Sherman and his unlucky sidekick find Shrew Island while hiding out from a hurricane. They are convinced to stay by the sultry Ingrid Goude, who speaks mysteriously with a Swedish accent despite her father evidently being a Texan. Once nightfall arrives everyone is trapped in the compound as the 300 killer shrews try to get in. Somehow the hurricane affects them, and they are starving, too, so pandemonium breaks out. (The science of the movie is a bit hazy about all this.) Turns out that the shrews in question have deadly poisonous saliva, so even a scratch from a shrew tooth is fatal! They also can dig through walls, scale fences, climb trees, open doors, steal shoes, and do algebra.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James A Hart on December 3, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
A great black & white picture supplemented with cheap production that makes this a very enjoyable watch. Ingrid Goude (who was born in Sweden and won Miss Universe 1956) is our female star. Her accent is not staged, it is authentically Swedish. Our male star (James Best) went on to become Rosco P. Coaltrain on the Dukes of Hazard in the early 80's. James Best is (((VERY YOUNG))) here---and you probably wouldn't recognize him as "Coaltrain" without the reading of this review. He is a tough talking, no nonsense Captain of a supply boat who is contracted out by a small group of individuals living alone on a remote island. He visits with a cargo of needed supplies to discover the stunning Ingrid Goude standing beachside, with bags packed. Her request for a hasty departure is squashed by adverse weather as high winds commence upon the island. The plot thickens as the Captain is informed of experiments that have been carried out by two over-zealous scientist's. They have ardently devoted their existance to working with biological concoctions and syrums. Science snaps back at those who tamper and horrifying manifestations result. All the squatters on the small island find themselves fighting for their lives against terrible odds. For a movie only 70 minutes in duration, it's simply perfect for a "quicky" with the kids on a rainy weekend or as a scrumptious morsal to savor by yourself. Best at night. You 'must' appreciate low budget productions and have an established embrace for the 1950's horror-show mindset to enjoy this film. If you meet these criteria, my friends.........put yourselves in the front row. You will not be disappointed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 1, 2004
Format: DVD
THE KILLER SHREWS is about a seafaring James Best (later to be immortalized in "The Dukes Of Hazzard") stranded on an island with a group of scientists, a beautiful girl, an alcoholic coward, and a horde of giant, mutated shrews (actually dogs in hairy shrew costumes)! Yep, the shrew mutants are the result of an experiment gone wrong. Best is pretty good in his role, and the rest of the cast are adequate, but the true stars for me are the ravenous rodents themselves! Complete with hauntingly eerie snarls and six-inch fangs, these babies are loose and ready to devour anyone they can get a hold of! Can our hero save these folks from becoming shrew snacks? Watch and see...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sandi Strehlau on April 19, 2003
Format: DVD
How do you address the issue of an over-populated world?
Small Private Island + Wacky Scientists + Gorgeous Blonde Daughter + Handsome Sea Captain + Jealous Drunkard + Hurricane, PLUS...SEVERAL MUTANT GIANT POISONOUS BONE KNAWING SHREWS...Equal one heck of a disaster flick!
Pretty remarkable for 1959.
=^..^=
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Welsh on April 15, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
You wanna know some trivia about this movie? It was written and produced by Gordan MacClendon. If the name doesn't sound familiar you definately will know something he invented. He invented the "Top 40" format that is still used in radio today. (Even more trivia it started out as "Top 60"). Still more trivia, he is also in this movie, he is the scientist who keeps notes until he falls over dead. I saw this movie at the Casa Linda theater in Dallas, TX (owned by none other than Gordan MacClendon) when it came out in 1959 when I was 10. For weeks I couldn't look at a dog without thinking of the killer shrews. Now it is campy humor. If you like B (or C) movies you'll love this one. It belongs on Mystery Science Theater 3000 at least once.
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