The Killer Shrews (1959)

35mm film, black and white
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Ray Kellogg.

Plot Summary

A group of people are trapped on a remote island by a hurricane and find themselves a the mercy of a strain of killer shrews, The result of experiments by a scientist to make humans and grow to enormous size.


Directed by: Ray Kellogg
Copyright MCMLIX [1959] Hollywood Pictures, Corp.
Hollywood Pictures Corporation
Produced by: Ken Curtis
Original Story and Screenplay by: Jay Simms
Director of Photography: Wilfrid M. Cline
Film Editor: Aaron Stell
Music Composed by: Harry Bluestone and Emil Cadkin
Sound: Earl Snyder
RCA Sound Recording
Makeup: Cornie Daniel
Art Designer: Louis Caldwell

James Best (Thorne Sherman)
Ingrid Goude (Ann Craigis)
Ken Curtis (Jerry Farrell)
Gordon McLendon (Dr Radford Baines)
Baruch Lumet (Dr Marlowe Craigis)
Judge Henry Dupree (‘Rook' Griswold)
Alfredo DeSoto (Mario)

Alternative Titles

The Attack of the Killer Shrews
Die Nacht der unheimlichen Bestien – West German title

Extracts included in
The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (2004)
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
Horrible Horror (1986)
It Came from Hollywood (1982)
Shiver and Shudder Show (2002)
This is MST3K (1992)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.12 p.36
  • The Daily Cinema no.8198 (31 August 1959) p.3
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.26 no.309 (October 1959) p.137
  • Supernatural no.1 (January 1969) p.30 – note (Round the cinema's zoo of horrors with Supernaturalist)
  • Variety 1 July 1959


  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig p.223
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.190 *
  • by Walt Lee p.242 – credits
  • Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990 by Brian Albright p.303-304