The Killer Shrews

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The Killer Shrews (1959, USA) is an Eco-Terror film directed by Ray Kellogg.


Main Details

  • Released in 1959
  • B & W
  • Running Time: 69 Min
  • Production Co: Hollywood Pictures Corporation (II)
  • Distribution Co: McLendon-Radio Pictures Distributing Company (1959) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Ray Kellogg
  • Written by Jay Simms
  • Starring James Best, Ingrid Goude, Ken Curtis, Gordon McLendon, Baruch Lumet, "Judge" Henry Dupree
  • Music by Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin
  • Cinematography by Wilfred M. Cline
  • Edited by Aaron Stell
  • Produced by Ken Curtis, Gordon McLendon

Plot Summary

Capt. Thorne Sherman (James Best) lands his ship on an isolated island to make a delivery, only to find that mad doctor Marlowe Craigis (Baruch Lumet) is experimenting on shrews there in an attempt to shrink them. The opposite happens, and the shrews become enormous and hungry for human flesh, leaving everyone on the island in peril, including the doctor's pretty daughter, Ann (Ingrid Goude), and her unappealing fiancé, Jerry (Ken Curtis). Thorne then tries to organize an escape plan.

Also Known As

  • The Attack of the Killer Shrews
  • France - The Killer Shrews
  • Hungary - A gyilkos cickányok
  • Poland - Zabójcze ryjówki
  • Portugal - As Minhocas Assassinas
  • Soviet Union (Russian title) Землеройки-убийцы
  • Germany - Die Nacht der unheimlichen Bestien


  • All that was left after...THE KILLER SHREWS! (Used in conjunction with a woman's pink pump and splattered blood)
  • "Your skin will crawl with fear at their nearness"
  • They had to eat 3 times their body weight each day... OR STARVE!
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