Night of the Lepus (1972)

Mike Matei / October 26th, 2015


  • Uncle Sporkums

    October 26, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Great review, James. You’re absolutely right, you just can’t make something that cute, look scary. I also hope that lost Monstervision clip surfaces. Sounds like a treat.

    • October 27, 2015 at 1:54 am

      Actually, my brother is terrified of bunnies haha. He finds them incredibly creepy.

    • Nawbro22

      October 29, 2015 at 4:55 pm

      Bunnies are ass holes. Thoes beedy red eyes thoes weird ass teeth. Always biting the shit out of me no wonder why I dumped a girl who looked like a bunny always biting my dick and shit while staring at me with thoes devil eyes fucking hate bunnies

  • October 26, 2015 at 3:11 am

    I’ve got a theory! It could be bunnies! Bunnies aren’t just cute like everyone supposes. They’ve got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses. And what’s with all the carrots? What do they need such good eyesight for anyway!!! Bunnies! Bunnies! It must be bunnies!!!!!…. (Or maybe midgets)

    • The Wicker Man

      October 26, 2015 at 6:04 am

      Excellent Buffy reference!

  • handsome pete

    October 26, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Supernatural rabbits, that’s an idea. Maybe they could teleport or something.

    • Uncle Sporkums

      October 26, 2015 at 3:15 am

      Yeah, and they’d looks something like the evil rabbit Kevin McCarthy pulls from his hat in the Twilight Zone Movie segment.

  • October 26, 2015 at 3:22 am

    I remember watching this movie ! Not in the 70’s you fool I meant early 90’s .

  • Frank Tesoriero

    October 26, 2015 at 3:43 am

    I remember watching this on TV when I was like 7 ahaha, so awesome to see you review it! This was a cool surprise KEEP IT UP JAMES πŸ˜€

  • Daniel Pavelko

    October 26, 2015 at 4:02 am

    “Hare raising.” That’s pretty good.

    • October 26, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      Wasn’t that also the name of a Bug’s Bunny short, though?

  • Tom Waits

    October 26, 2015 at 4:25 am

    I’m right there with ya James. Several times in the last 15/20 years I’ve brought this one up. Nobody ever remembered it. I loved it in the early 90’s when I saw it. As far as bad movies go, it was pretty damn good.

  • October 26, 2015 at 4:28 am

    Hi! i have one question, do they really kill those rabbits? i mean like in the Tampopo movie or Giant Gila Monster… because i really want to watch this movie, but being rising 13 rabbits by own I could not bear that those rabbits in the movie where hurt. Sorry for the bad english

  • Kevin McLaughlin

    October 26, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Good movie. I actually saw this movie randomly on TV a couple of years ago. I didn’t realize how obscure it was in the past.

  • The Wicker Man

    October 26, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Anyone who’s seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail knows how dangerous rabbits can be! πŸ˜‰

    • SpearedPage

      October 26, 2015 at 8:10 am

      That’s what I was thinking about the entire clip. Night of the Lepus came out in ’72. Holy Grail came out around three years later in ’75. It’s totally probable (in fact very likely) that one or some of the Python boys saw this movie and that it inspired the infamous rabbit scene in the Grail. That’s quite a find!

      • October 26, 2015 at 8:22 am

        Was thinking the same thing here. Then I looked up the dates. From hundreds of giant rabbits, down to one, small, white and fluffy little cute thing.

    • Strider Tien

      October 28, 2015 at 5:35 am

      Beat me to it by 2 days.

  • Psychojaws

    October 26, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Holy crap! People, you need to watch this with Rifftrax. HYSTERICAL!!!

  • Piur

    October 26, 2015 at 6:55 am

    This is in The Matrix, the scene where the kds are watching TV at the oracle’s apartment. I always wondered if it was a real movie

  • The Fettuck

    October 26, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Another great animal horror movie: Black Sheep (2006)

  • October 26, 2015 at 8:03 am

    After seeing this review, the film is surprising enough by the concept. Almost like creating a crossover between Bugs Bunny and Bunnicula, pulling it off can leave you in either horror or hilarity, maybe both.

  • Mac Tonight

    October 26, 2015 at 9:31 am

    When I saw this i suddenly remembered the bugs bunny Hyde and hare episode where bugs bunny meets dr jeckyll and at the end of the episode turns into a giant mutant green rabbit.

  • October 26, 2015 at 9:31 am

    People will laugh at me for this but bunnies can fucking freak me out sometimes . Like i remember sleeping over at my best friends house because . Her parents left her alone allot so it sometimes happened every weekend and she had a giant closet filled with horror movies because her parents were huge horror fans . we always watched a marathon before going to bed and i slepped on a mattress on the ground next to her bed . she had a bunny in a cage in her room and the cage was right next to me . And and in the dark i could feel its cold dead eyes just staring at me , it freaked me out . also i have to say she didnt feed the bunny that often so i had this terrible fantasy that if the bunny would escape it would eat my face because it was so malnourished . now she did feed him though i kinda overreacted but it still freaked me out that the bunny was looking at me at night not moving a muscle

  • donovan wood

    October 26, 2015 at 9:39 am

    review the thing or we riot

  • October 26, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Look at the bones!

  • October 26, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Still not as terrifying as the rabbits in Watership Down.

  • Sweetdeath

    October 26, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Never heard of this film, but I have to check it out!! At least we have a sorta legit horror rabbit film called Watership down.

  • Massquwatt

    October 26, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Giant, killer rabbits?

    Now I’ve seen everything.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 26, 2015 at 10:53 am

    This movie is adorable! …What? …..You mean we’re suppose to be scared of this??? …..That’s like be told your suppose to laugh at a Happy Madison Movie.

  • AxBunny

    October 26, 2015 at 11:12 am

    This bunny is oft considered to be quite ominous and scary O-o

  • Magicant

    October 26, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Rabbits can scare to death and break their own spines, though…

  • October 26, 2015 at 11:20 am

    has rawhead rex even been reviewed on monster madness?

  • batratspidercrab

    October 26, 2015 at 11:33 am

    You aren’t alone James! The trailer scared the shit out of me as a wee lad when I saw it on a monster movie trailers compilation.

  • Dur

    October 26, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Haha this movie is played on the TV in the Oracle’s place in The Matrix. I didn’t think it was a real movie until I looked it up

  • October 26, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    This is trippy AF.

  • Snejku

    October 26, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I don’t know, I think the idea could have worked somehow if they had used those albino rabbits with intensely red eyes and possibly added some prosthesis effects on them..

  • October 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    i love cheesy Camp classics like this one!

  • October 26, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    The Bunny Rabbits is coming! The Bunny Rabbits is coming!

    Bonus points to anybody who remembers where that’s from.

  • October 26, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    I’m glad you mentioned how rare this movie was to see outside of TNT screenings. I saw it back in the late 80s as a kid, when my dad sat us down to watch it on a Saturday morning. I probably saw it three or four times (TNT had a habit of replaying certain movies over and over as though it were contracted to do so), and after many years wanted to see it again.

    I worked at a Blockbuster video for years, and couldn’t order the damn thing. I remember inquiring about it and nobody knew what I was talking about. I could be imagining this, but about ten years ago IMDB didn’t even have it listed. I tried looking it up, and there was nothing that showed this movie even existed. Seriously…it’s like it was imagined.

    Thank you for putting this movie on this year’s list.

  • SpeedyEric

    October 26, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I also remember watching some of this movie on TNT’s Monster Vision in 1993, and I believe it was the day before Easter when it was on. I also thought it was scary until I saw Phelous do a review on it 5 years ago.

  • Bryce Neuner

    October 26, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard the term “Rabbit Actors” used before this review. James you are too much!

  • greedo

    October 26, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Hilarious. A bit gory from what I’ve seen, but it just seems like the bunnies are too cute for anyone take this film seriously? BTW, James, have you considered doing the killer bee/wasp film from the 1970’s? Can’t remember the name of it, but it involves hordes of killer bees(?) that go crazy and attack people. There’s one scene where the two principal actors drive into the Superdome to get away from them. Also, there was one film from the 70’s about giant ants, which is more or less along the lines of this film. Can’t remember that, either. (Gee, my memory is sharp, today). πŸ™‚ If you could do those next year, I’d be most appreciative!

  • October 26, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Believe it or not, I live in Quebec and one of my friends used to have a vhs copy of that one. A french dubbed version aptly titled ” Les Rongeurs de l’Apocalypse ” which would litteraly translate as The Rodents of Apocalypse πŸ˜€

  • October 26, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Heard from this movie from Everybody hates Chris. It made one of the main characters have a phobia of rabbits XD

  • TagaZok

    October 26, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Bunnies as monster mmm!! that’s suspicious and none scary … WTF!

  • Jonathan hewett

    October 26, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    If I am lucky enough i may have this monster vision recorded. I taped them all cause saturday night was roller rink night lol just hope i didnt tape over it. I am gonna dig in the old vhs boxes and see

  • kerorogunsou78

    October 27, 2015 at 12:17 am

    I remember very vividly seeing this movie in the early 80’s when I was probably about 6 or 7 years old. It scared the shit out of me!! I haven’t seen even a single clip of it since then until tonight…

  • October 27, 2015 at 1:02 am

    They used to show this shit on TV. Not a good movie by any means, and I always felt sorry for the rabbits. But it is funny that the 70s had that flair of “nature strikes back” movies, just like the 50s had their string of “giant radioactive bugs” movies.

  • October 27, 2015 at 5:01 am

    The only person this movie could scare is Anya from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

  • October 27, 2015 at 10:54 am

    All I can think of is the Killer Rabbit from Monty Python and the holy grail…no bring out the holy handgranades!

  • October 27, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I hate rabbits and that was horrible!

  • October 27, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    It reminds me of that scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

  • Ace

    October 27, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    James, this may sound like an odd notion, but have you considered contacting Penn Jillette directly to see if he has a copy of that segment? Am sure that you have enough street cred to warrant at least a response, especially with your continuing Monstervision restoration efforts.

  • October 27, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    I did not expect to see this movie on the list, but since it’s here you should find a copy and go to untitled studios on youtube and listen to their full length RiffTrax style commentary. It came out like 2 months ago so its pretty new. Plus its made by a avgn fan to boot.

  • Doug Fisher

    October 28, 2015 at 12:27 am

    Hare raising, you dick.

  • October 28, 2015 at 1:54 am

    HAHA I remember seeing this several times on TCM

  • culwin

    October 28, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    …oblivious rabbit actors

  • low_tone1

    October 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Black Sheep is about as silly. There should be a box set of oddball cute animal horror films.

  • October 28, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    I thought this movie was quite good actually.

  • October 28, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    I remember my mother telling me about this movie

    the bunnies wiggling there noses is what killed the horror for her (then again this was the same person who wanted to adopt a mountain lion and did, no joke)

  • October 28, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    If Elmer Fudd ever had a nightmare, this movie would be it.

  • October 29, 2015 at 9:27 am

    What’s up, doc? – I’m still laughing.
    Also, I know a girl, who is aftaid of bunnies, but only white bunnies with red eyes. They freak her our.
    I personaly find rabbits quite tasty.

  • October 29, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Very good review. Any chance you’ll review Kingdom of the Spiders, starring the Shat?

  • Dan Webster

    October 29, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    I had a similar situation, thought this was a false memory, thought I Brian Williams’ed the bunny horror movie. When I saw DeForest Kelly it all came rushing back. Solid gold.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    November 1, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Have you tried contacting TNT about the lost Monstervision footage?

    I saw this movie as a little kid. It’s hilarious! πŸ˜€ And yeah, you couldn’t find it anywhere! But, it DOES exist! Haha.

    • Ben_from_G-town

      November 1, 2015 at 2:06 am

      But yeah, I am so glad you reviewed this, because it’s a big childhood memory for me. Good times.

  • November 2, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    The best thing about this movie was the Everybody Hates Chris joke where Julius was scared of rabbits after seeing this movie.

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