Oh My God! Look at the Size of Those Things!
This fine film dates back
to 1959, a period during which many gigantic creatures roamed the earth.
Rodan, Mothra, Gamera: they were all big and they were all mean as hell.
- Gamera was not always mean as hell. In many of his early films he was
referred to as 'friend of all children']
So it is no surprise that
during the trailer to this feature, the creatures were described in the
voice over as 'The Giant Killer Shrews'. Nor was this a misnomer as the
average shrew is a very small critter, a fact that can be verified via a visit to
this scientific site, wherein the shrew is described as 'the world's
How was the
film, you ask? Well, duh. Fantastic.
it through the setup in one sentence. A rugged and kind-hearted cargo
captain is making a delivery to a mysterious island, accompanied by his
trusty but black first mate, when they notice that a hurricane is coming
their way, so they anchor the boat off shore and decide that they're going
to spend the night, but as soon as they set foot on land they are met by a
kindly old scientist, his beautiful daughter, his nerdy assistant, a Mexican
laborer, and a drunken asshole, none of whom are particularly happy with the
fact that the twosome is planning to spend the night, although common
courtesy requires them to invite the two in the house (even though the black
first mate declines because he has chores to do), and then drink lots of
martinis until the horrible truth slips out that the island is inhabited by
Film Facts - The part of 'Drunken Asshole' was played by Ken Curtis, famous
for his role as 'Festus' on the classic TV show 'Gunsmoke']
the rest of the movie steers clear of political subtext, and concentrates
primarily on the shrews efforts to eat everyone on the island. Did I mention
that the shrews are large? I don't think that I can overemphasize this
point. These are huge shrews,
about the proportions of a medium-sized dog; that is, if
one were able to imagine a dog with long dagger shaped bicuspids that drip
deadly poison and had fur that appeared to be dipped in the wreckage of the