Back in 1972, a man by the name of William F. Claxton made his last feature film with ‘Night of the Lepus‘, before heading into the TV realm with shows like ‘Little House on the Prairie‘. That’s not a joke either. This movie is based off a book by Russell Braddon from 1964 called ‘The Year of the Angry Rabbit‘. Yes, a killer rabbit movie is what ‘Night of the Lepus‘ movie is all about. It’s about as good as you’d expect it to be, which is not very good. That being said, it’s so bad – it’s good and is so much fun to watch.
This film stars Janet Leigh (‘Psycho‘) and DeForest Kelley (Bones from ‘Star Trek‘) along with a few others who are trying to survive a mutated group of rabbits. Well, not really a group, but more like thousands of killer rabbits. We haven’t been so scared of rabbits since ‘Monty Python’s Holy Grail‘ movie or lack thereof. The dialogue, script, and even performances by these veteran actors are laugh worthy, but it’s not their fault. They’re in a killer rabbit movie that plays out like ‘Tremors‘ with Kevin Bacon. Luckily Scream Factory gave us a fantastic video and audio transfer with some excellent bonus features, which are listed out below. ‘Night of the Lepus‘ is still a fun-as-hell movie despite at how bad it is. This is true cult status.
- NEW 2K scan of the original film elements
- NEW Audio Commentary with author Lee Gambin (Massacred by Mother Nature: Exploring the Natural Horror Film)
- NEW Audio Commentary with Pop Culture historian Russell Dyball
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spot
- Radio Spot
- Still Gallery
Please listen to the review in podcast form below.