Dale’s Triple-Feature — Giant Mutated Rodents

Cute fluffy animals mutated into your worst nightmare

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Night of the Lepus (1972)

This is part of a series in which I suggest three related movies to watch. You can find more information and the list of recommendations here.

I really like juxtaposition in all its forms. This triple-feature contains three movies in which cute and cuddle creatures are mutated into giant killer monsters. When you mix cute and scary, you get fun fun fun.

Killer Shrews (1959)

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Killer Shrews (1959)

Genetically engineered shrews grow to the size of dogs and attack the scientific compound that created them every night. A classic tale of misguided scientific inquiry.

Night of the Lepus (1972)

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Night of the Lepus (1972)

Okay, rabbits may not be rodents, but you’re not going to get me on a technicality. They’re cute, tiny mammals just like rodents. Well, until they get mutated and grow the size of bears, that is.

Food of the Gods (1976)

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Food of the Gods (1976)

A mysterious substance bubbles up from the ground, mutating and enlarging all the animals that consume it. Rats are omnipresent vermin, so of course, they get a healthy dose of the stuff.

Three movies about a small group of people fighting for their lives as a horde of giant rodents terrorize their houses. I love triple-features where there is a common premise, but each is saying something different. The shrews were enlarged by scientists trying to solve world hunger, that’s a noble goal. The rabbits were mutated because of an attempt to destroy them, that’s a selfish goal. And the rats were mutated because of natural occurrence, nothing to do with humans. Trios of movies that show benevolence, malevolence, and ambivalence are the best.

Questions:

What other cute animals would make for a good monster movie?

Do you think these movies should be remade, and if so, what tone would be best: camp and comedic or gritty and grotesque?

How would you defend your home from these monsters?

Scifi writer, roboticist, and game developer, 2x Quora Top Writer. I write about writing speculative fiction, computer graphics, AI, evolution, and programming.

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