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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 5: Night of the Lepus (1972)
Three years before Monty Python and the Holy Grail played the idea of a killer rabbit for laughs, journeymandirector William F. Claxton used the idea as the supposedly terrifying hook for Night of the Lepus. And seemingly even the team behind the movie knew that the pretext of giant murderous bunnies was pretty silly, as they tried to keep audiences in the dark about the movie’s real “terror” by not featuring rabbits on the poster. Similarly, the original title of Rabbits was scrapped, with the more cryptic Night of the Lepus (“lepus” is Latin for “hare”), which was also an improvement on the title of the 1964 Russell Braddon novel on which the movie was based, The Year of the Angry Rabbit.