Night of the Lepus (1972) - Rotten Tomatoes

Night of the Lepus1972

Night of the Lepus (1972)




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A hormone intended to control the breeding of rabbits has a catastrophic effect and transforms them into gigantic monsters, whilst scientists desperately work to combat the menace they have created in this horror thriller set in the Arizona desert.

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Stuart Whitman
as Roy Bennett
Janet Leigh
as Gerry Bennett
Rory Calhoun
as Cole Hillman
DeForest Kelley
as Dr. Elgin Clark
Paul Fix
as Sheriff Cody
Melanie Fullerton
as Amanda Bennett
Chris Morrell
as Jackie Hillman
William Elliott
as Dr. Leopold
Robert Hardy
as Prof. Dirkson
Richard Jacome
as Deputy Jason
Inez Perez
as Housekeeper
Evans Thornton
as Major White
Walter Kelley
as Truck Driver
Don Starr
as Cutler
Donna Gelgur
as Wife in Car
Steve DeFrance
as Husband in Car
Sherry Hummer
as Children in Car
Rick Hummer
as Children in Car
Jerry Dunphy
as TV Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Night of the Lepus

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Impossible not to admire the total withholding of irony in Claxton's approach to this kamikaze project.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Rabbits produce two things in obscene quanities: other rabbits and rabbit pellets.

October 28, 2005 | Rating: .5/4 | Full Review…

It is this technical laziness as much as the stupid story or the dumb direction that leaves the film in limbo and places it in neither one camp nor the other - neither with Attack of the 50-Foot Woman nor with Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail.

May 10, 2005 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

It's hard to take anything seriously after a rancher (50-year-old Rory Calhoun) describes the pair (44-year-old Stuart Whitman and 45-year-old Janet Leigh) as "that young couple."

August 10, 2021 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

It's not bad enough to be funny but it's ridiculous enough in its very existence that maybe it would have been better if it had actually tried to be comedic. Which serves as a reminder, should you need it, that Tremors is pretty much a perfect movie.

October 29, 2018 | Full Review…

A total bloody shambles.

October 2, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Night of the Lepus


I can't believe I only just heard about this movie. Needless to say, once I heard the plot I wanted to watch it immediately. Giant Killer Bunnies! And not some kind of mutated freaks, they are just large bunnies. The beauty of the film is how serious it all is. Here is a film that has complete faith in its premise. I wonder if the studio though it was going to be a comedy. After all, neither the trailers nor the posters show the large rabbits. Rabbit isn't used in the title either. No matter what though, this is a lovely film. It uses models perfectly, as the bunnies just run around looking gigantic. Their interactions with humans are less convincing. A man in a suit, which completely changes the size and physical attributes of a rabbit. There is some awful dialog, and bizarre moments which make no sense, but also a lot of great characters. At least the farmer and the scientist want to work together. Usually in a film like this there would be a pissing contest for control. A great bit of fun.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer


Bad acting, special effects, and story, but it's funny and amusing. It's so outrageous, the giant rabbits, it made me laugh.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Marion from Psycho and Bones from Star Trek fight a horde of ravenous giant rabbits in the American Southwest. The attack sequences consist mainly of slow-mo cutaways of blood covered rabbits hopping about on miniature sets. and that's not a bad thing. What's so great about this movie is it's commitment to it's ridiculous subject matter, and the "who gives a fuck what it looks like" attitude toward special effects. I'm so glad this movie exists. It's both a hoot and a holler!

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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