The Killer Shrews (1959) – By Jason S. Lockard

Ray Kellogg was a special effects artist for 20th Century Fox than in 1959 he made the jump to directing and made a double feature; The giant gila monster and The killer shrews. Now Film Chest media group has released a new re-mastered version of the killer shrews.

The film follows a ship captain Thorne Sherman played by James Best and his first mate Griswold who are sailing to a remote island to deliver supplies to a group stationed there. When they arrive they find that experiments have produced giant, venomous shrews.

This film is B-movie personified. The giant killer shrews are dogs with cheap looking fur peices, but the acting is pretty good for a b-movie. The re-mastered version of this campy classic looks pretty good. The sound is pretty crisp, but sadly there is no bonus features in this release.  

If you love campy sci-fi b-movies of the 50s; this is a great one. If you would like to pick up a copy of this release head over to for more information on this release.

Moral Rating: mild violence
Audience: Parental guidance
Genre: horror, scifi
Length: 68 minutes
DVD Release: 2014
Our Rating: A-