The Killer Shrews
The Killer Shrews
is a 1959 science fiction film directed by Ray Kellogg. It has been released on DVD and is considered a cult classic. It was featured in the fourth season of Mystery Science Theater 3000, as well as the first season of the similar show This Movie Sucks!.


Thorne Sherman and his first mate Griswold deliver supplies to a group on a remote island. The group, consisting of a scientist named Marlowe Cragis, his research assistant Radford Baines, the scientist's daughter Ann, her fiancee Jerry Farrel, and a servant named Mario, meet the captain and his first mate and advise them to stay with them in a house because a hurricane is approaching. Thorne goes but Griswold stays with the boat.

On the island, a doctor works to make humans half-size. This, apparently, will reduce world hunger as smaller humans would presumably eat less. Unfortunately, his experiments have also created some giant, venomous shrews. Thorne and Ann begin to fall in love, which angers Jerry. As the shrews run out of smaller animals to eat, they eat Griswold and close in on the people in the house, ultimately breaking in through the basement. It is discovered that the shrews have a poisonous bite, as a small single bite is enough to kill Mario. The poison kills Radford, and the shrews force the group (save for Jerry, who wants to stay) out of the house to escape to Thorne's boat. They do this by making impromptu armor out of oil drums and crawl to the beach lashed inside them. Jerry is killed by the shrews after he changes his mind and chases after the others, but the rest of the crew (Thorne, Ann, and Marlowe) manage a successful escape to the boat.

List of deaths Edit

List of deaths in the film, The Killer Shrews

Name Cause of Death Killer On-Screen Notes
Rook Griswold Eaten Killer Shrews Partially
Horse Eaten Killer Shrews Partially
Mario Leg bitten and poisoned Killer Shrew Yes
Killer Shrew Shot with revolver Thorne Sherman Yes
Killer Shrew Shot with shotgun Thorne Sherman Yes
Killer Shrew Shot with shotgun Thorne Sherman Yes
Dr. Radford Baines Leg bitten and poisoned Killer Shrew Yes
Killer Shrew Shot with revolver Thorne Sherman Yes
Jerry Farrell Eaten Killer Shrews Partially

Cast Edit

Country Edit

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See also Edit

Reference Edit

  1. ^ The Killer Shrews TCM Notes
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External links Edit

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