Writer/director Ken Cosentino is putting the finishing touches to a remake of cult 1959 cheapo creature feature The Killer Shrews, but this is no glossy, CGI-heavy contemporising of the B-movie ‘classic’.
The original film is best known for its bargain-basement SFX, which included dogs in costumes portraying the mutant rodents of the title. Rather than updating the effects for a 21st century, popcorn horror audience however, Cosentino says that “we did our very best to stay true to the original,” adding, “Our puppets are really quite terrible and there’s hardly any CGI used in our version.” Cosentino certainly has experience with such schlocky silliness, having previously worked on projects for Troma and The Asylum. Attack of the Killer Shrews! marks his fourth feature as director.
The spirit of low-rent ‘50s horror courses through the film’s trailer, which you can see below.
“We decided from the very beginning to distribute it ourselves. We really want to make sure that it finds its audience…. b-movie lovers and fans of the original, because this is a love song to [Ray] Kellogg’s cult classic,” Cosentino says.
Attack of the Killer Shrews! is set to be released this September by Niagara Falls-based White Lion Studios.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)