Night of the Lepus (1972), aka Rabbits, begins with a believable newscast about the environment and rabbits’ overpopulation. Well, if you live where I do, you know the rabbit population is enormous.
This film is like Empire of the Ants (1977) or Food of the Gods (1976) – rather, those films are like Night of the Lepus – with giant animals attacking humans. This has a strange Spaghetti Western vibe with a mix of early 70s Science Fiction, making an interesting combination that tried hard to work together.
The cast is impressive with DeForest Kelley and tons of others that I know by sight but couldn’t tell you who they are or what else they took a role. What amazes me about the cast the most is that any of them agreed to be in a cheese-fest such as this.
The amount of gore is satisfying. I love the 70s blood effects. It’s like they went to the hardware store and bought gallons of red paint. If anyone were to do blood this way today, they’d be snubbed so hard.
I got bored with Night of the Lepus after the bunny attack in the mine shaft and faded in and out of watching it. After a while, it just got so ridiculous, I couldn’t stand it, but I managed to finish.
I can only give Night of the Lepus 2 out of 5 Stars because it couldn’t hold my interest.