Night of the Lepus (1972)

35mm film, “in Metrocolor”
mono, English
Reviewed at The

An American science fiction/horror film directed by William F. Claxton.

Plot Summary

When his Arizona ranch is overrun by , Cole Hillman calls in college president Elgin Clark and zoologist Roy Bennett to help. But Bennett's method of disposal, involving hormone injections, creates a race of giant, carnivorous rabbits that go on the rampage eating anything and everything they come across.


* = uncredited

Directed by: William F. Claxton
© MCMLXXII [1978] by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents
Produced by: A.C. Lyles
Screenplay by: Don Holliday and Gene R. Kearney
Based upon the novel “The Year of the Angry Rabbit” by Russell Braddon
Director of Photography: Ted Voigtländer
Film Editor: John McSweeney
Music: Jimmie Haskell
Sound: Jerry Jost, Hal Watkins
Wardrobe: Norman Burza
Make-up: Wes Dawn
Hairdresser: Alma Johnson
Special Visual Effects: Howard A. Anderson Company
Production Designer: Stan Jolley
Locations: Old Tucson, Arizona, USA *

Stuart Whitman (Roy Bennett)
Janet Leigh (Gerry Bennett)
Rory Calhoun (Cole Hillman)
DeForest Kelley (Elgin Clark)
Paul Fix (Sheriff Cody)
Melanie Fullerton (Amanda Bennett)
Chris Morrell (Jackie Hillman)
Chuck Hayward (Jud)
Henry Wills (Frank)
Francesca Jarvis (Mildred)
William Elliott (Dr Leopold)
Robert Hardy (Professor Dirkson)
Richard Jacome (Deputy Jason)
Inez Perez (housekeeper)
G. Leroy Gaintner (Walker)
Evans Thornton (Major White)
I. Stanford Jolley (dispatcher)
Robert Gooden (Leslie)
Walter Kelley (truck driver)
Frank Kennedy (doctor)

Alternative Titles

Rabbits – working title
La notte della lunga paura – Italian title

Extracts included in
The Matrix (1999)
Natural Born Killers (1994)


L'Écran fantastique no.5 (1978) pp.30-31 – review
Filmfacts vol.15 no.21 (1972) pp.509 – 510 – reprinted reviews
The Hollywood Reporter vol.222 no.1 (3 July 1972) p.3 – credits, review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.40 no.470 (March 1973) p.55 – credits, synopsis, review
Variety 5 July 1972 p.16 – credits, review

Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.261 – credits, review
by Walt Lee p.335 – credits