Jul 7, 2010
Night of the Lepus (1972) (part 10 of 10)
Now comes the most useless scene in the whole movie, and that’s saying a lot. More slow-motion bunnies run down a paved road somewhere, until they come across stock footage of cattle grazing. That’s right: Someone thought the “bunnies attack a stampede of horses” scene was so great that they put in a repeat of it, only using cattle this time.
Jesus, there’s so much wrong with this sequence that I hardly know where to begin. First of all, they’re reusing (for the third time!) the shots of bunnies leaping off a cliff to attack the horses. This causes the stock footage cattle to freak out and start a stock footage stampede. And how do I know it’s stock footage? Once again, because it was clearly shot during the day.
But if that’s not enough of a clue for you, it appears the footage came from two different sources, because half the time the cattle are bulls (with horns), and the other half they’re cows (no horns).
This thrilling scene comes to a climax when… well, when we cut away to something else. Seriously, was there a point to any of that? I mean, could it be any more obvious they were trying to pad out the movie without shooting any new footage?