Just when I think I've seen the all-time worst movie ever made (Plan 9? Glen or Glenda?), something like this comes along.
It's one of those super-low-budget creature-feature things made in the early '70s. It has a noble cast, from Janet Leigh (yes, THAT Janet Leigh) to Stuart Whitman to Rory Calhoun, not to mention DeForest Kelley, the legendary Bones on Star Trek. This makes you wonder if the rent was overdue or what.
For the evil menace in this movie isn't giant locusts or rogue apes or killer ants or Godzilla. Not even Gila monsters filmed to look big, or anything like that.
This one is listed under "comedy" on YouTube, though I assure you it's made with the utmost seriousness. The filmmakers ask us to accept the fact that when the rabbits wouldn't cooperate, actors in bad rabbit suits and even hand puppets acted as viable stand-ins. What ISN'T so funny is what happens to all those fluffy-tailed, hippity-hoppity, twitchy-nosed, lop-eared Peter Rabbits: they're all electrocuted and end up lying in a heap of smoking ruin.
I hope nobody took their kids to see this. It's the one horror movie where you hope the "monster" will win.
And here's what the critics said. . .
A total bloody shambles.
The mind marvels at the bravery of the person who walked
into the producer's office to pitch this idea.
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Well worth watching for those enamored by bad films that are
Impossible not to admire the total withholding of irony in
Claxton's approach to this kamikaze project.
Rabbits produce two things in obscene quantities: other rabbits
and rabbit pellets.
One of the worst films ever made.
John J. Puccio
The only thing more lifeless than the corpses in Night of
the Lepus is the movie itself.
New York Times
It is this technical laziness as much as the stupid story
or the dumb direction that leaves the film in limbo and
places it in neither one camp nor the other - neither with
Attack of the 50-Foot Woman nor with Flopsy, Mopsy and
Staci Layne Wilson
Here comes the 'eater' bunny!
A failure on every level.