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)
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)
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)
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.
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?