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Get To Know Your Rabbit Movies

Posted April 02, 2010 to photo album "Get To Know Your Rabbit Movies"

As a special Easter article, FilmInFocus puts together a list of the best and weirdest films involving our floppy-eared friends.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: Harvey (1950)
Slide 3: The Nasty Rabbit (1964)
Slide 4: Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972)
Slide 5: Night of the Lepus (1972)
Slide 6: Watership Down (1978)
Slide 7: Fatal Attraction (1987)
Slide 8: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Slide 9: Donnie Darko (2001)
Slide 10: The Brown Bunny (2003)
Slide 11: Hank and Mike (2008)
Slide 3: The Nasty Rabbit (1964)

Slide 3: The Nasty Rabbit (1964)

This mid-60s sci-fi seems like a hangover from the B-movie paranoia of the previous decade, though the ridiculous plot suggests that maybe some hippie-era psychedelics were involving in the scriptwriting process. The premise is as follows: a Russian spy infiltrates the U.S. and plans to bring down the Land of the Free by releasing rabbits infected with a deadly bacteria. Considered one of the nadirs of American filmmaking, The Nasty Rabbit nevertheless has a number of rather fun aspects for the keen cinephile, who should keep his eyes peeled for Richard Kiel (aka 7-foot Bond villain Jaws) as a dwarf-wrangling ranch hand, the late great cinematographer László Kovács playing a rabbit-hungry halfwit, and the camerawork of Kovács’ great friend Vilmos Zsigmond.