There was no limit to the horror … no end to the Night Of The Lepus! A hormone intended to alter the breeding cycle of rabbits overrunning Arizona ranchlands ends up turning them into flesh-eating, 150-pound monsters in Night of the Lepus.
I’d never seen Night of the Lepus, though I was aware of its existence. I always intended to, but I just never got around to it. Leave it to Scream Factory to give me an excuse. Night of the Lepus makes its way to Blu-ray with a new 2K transfer and two new audio commentaries. The giant killer bunny flick is bound to entertain. What started as an attempt to stave off the overpopulation of bunnies, transformed them into violent killing machines. Even the thought of bunnies as a killer animal is laughable, but in that good way.
One of the things that makes Night of the Lepus so hilarious is the fact that it takes itself so seriously. This isn’t a tongue-in-cheek picture about a horde of killer bunnies, it’s a serious horror movie, that happens to be about giant killer bunny wabbits. One thing’s for certain, all of the actors thought they were in a completely different movie. No way did they see the end product of this production in their heads while shooting scenes. It’s a PG-rated film, but there is quite a bit of blood and cutesy wootsy lovey bunny carnage. Sorry, I cant get over the fact that I’m reviewing a horror movie about killer bunnies. But anyway, you have these bunnies, see, and they’re giant, and they intend to munch you to death with their giant front teeth. It sounds ridiculous, because it is, but I’d watch Night of the Lepus again. It’s an enjoyable romp, with tons of deadly-cuddly bunnies.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of Night of the Lepus is great. The picture quality is sharp, while retaining a healthy grain structure. It is presented as a new 2K AVC-encoded 1080p transfer, in 1.85:1, and sourced from original film elements. The audio isn’t fantastic, but it’s as good as you can get from a mono track, presented as a DTS-HD Master Audio track. There is no real noise to speak of, and never is the dialog obscured. Scream Factory’s Blu-ray has a range of extras, including two new commentaries, but also other extras ported over from whatever previous releases, including a theatrical, a still gallery, and a TV spot. If you have twenty bucks burning a hole in your pocket, there are much worse ways to spend it than picking up this highly entertaining killer bunny flick. Scream Factory’s Night of the Lepus Blu-ray is highly recommended, and available as of today. You may purchase a copy for your own by visiting the Shout! Factory website.
- NEW 2K scan of the original film elements
- NEW Audio Commentary with author Lee Gambin (Massacred by Mother Nature: Exploring the Natural Horror Film)
- NEW Audio Commentary with Pop Culture historian Russell Dyball
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spot
- Radio Spot
- Still Gallery