It’s time for the Greeley Grindhouse and this month Mac Bell presents Night of the Lepus. This isn’t a bunny foo foo movie, this rabbit is a true killer. Night of the Lepus, also known as Rabbits, is a 1972 American science fiction horror film based on the 1964 science fiction novel “The Year of the Angry Rabbit.”
Rancher Cole Hillman, played by Rory Calhoun, seeks the help of college president Elgin Clark and DeForest Kelley to combat thousands of rabbits that have taken over the area after the coyotes were all killed. Elgin asks for the assistance of researchers Roy, Stuart Whitman, Gerry Bennett and Janet Leigh in order to find another way to rid the town of the rabbits other than cyanide. Roy suggests using hormones that will disrupt their breeding cycle instead. After everyone agrees, Roy takes a few rabbits to begin experimenting on. After injecting one of the rabbits, Amanda, Melanie Fullerton, falls in love with it and she switches it with one from the control group. Not long after Amanda takes it home, the rabbit escapes.
Large animal tracks begin appearing near the rabbit’s burrows and not long after people are missing and turn up mutilated all over town. Elgin, the Bennett’s, Cole and Cole’s two ranch hands, Frank and Jud, go to the mine in order to get some explosives to kill the rabbits. Just as Elgin and Cole light the explosives, Roy and Frank enter the shaft to get pictures; and a rabbit appears out of the burrow and attacks Jud. However, Roy and Frank make it out and escape the rabbits in the mine as the explosives are detonated.
But, there’s bad news, the explosives don’t kill the rabbits, but the rabbits are pissed and seek revenge!
Don’t miss this epic battle of man vs. bunny! The fun begins Thursday, April 17th at 7:20 p.m.
Have a great week and we’ll see ya there!