Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Killer Shrews

--Reviewed by Lindy Loo

This past Saturday, I had a campy horror movie/Halloween party, and we watched this little campy gem (along with Bloodlust which I just recently reviewed). I can't think of a better campy horror movie to watch this Halloween.

Watch it on-line HERE

Plotline: Thorne, a buff boat-captain, is on his way to an isolated island to deliver research supplies and to take a young woman back to the mainland. On his way in, a hurricane strikes, and he is stuck on the island with the foxy young woman, her ex-fiancee, and the mad-scientist himself, forced to battle a mutant breed of killer shrews.

Scariness factor: It's so scary that your sides will ache with laughter.

Gross-Out Factor: Them killer shrews can really wreak some 1950s gruesome-havoc on a person. Uh huh.

Complaints: Not a one. Oscar-winning material you have here.

High Points: This is one of my absolute favorite campy horror films. It's got really bad acting. It's got excessive drinking, which'd make for a good drinking-game (you've not seen people drink like they do in this movie--the wind's blowing too hard? a cocktail will take care of you're nervousness! the killer shrews at your door? down another whiskey and you'll be a-ok). It's got mad romance. It's got mutant shrews that are actually just dogs with a flap of extra fur thrown over their backs. And it's got some of the best one-liners ever documented on-screen ("I don't believe in asking questions, it's against my principles" and "I'll take a dull, alive woman any day"). This is good, good stuff, ladies & gents.

Overall: If there's one campy horror flick you watch this Halloween, it should be this one. No question.

Grade: A

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At 10:52 AM, Blogger SikeChick said...

I think my favorite thing about this movie (besides the drinking) is how much of a puss Jerry is. How many times did Thorne whop his ass? He runs like a pansy at the first sign of a shrew every time. At one point, he nearly knocks over the old doctor to save his hide. No wonder his girlfriend started snuggling up to another man!

This movie is such a treat. I've loved it since I was a kid and it makes for great after-bar viewing.


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