Night of the Lepus (1972) (part 2 of 10)

After the credits, we find rancher Cole Hillman (Rory Calhoun) riding across the plain on horseback. And wow, there’s a lot of grain on this DVD. It’s like I’m watching the movie during a sandstorm.

Cole’s horse suddenly rears up and falls on its side, sending Cole tumbling to the ground. There’s a quick cut to a rabbit scurrying away (actually, one of the rabbits seen behind the opening credits), and lots of other rabbits are seen running around in the background, so the poorly established implication is that a rabbit hole caused the horse to stumble.

Night of the Lepus (1972) (part 2 of 10)

Cole examines the motionless horse, and after a moment, he pulls a shotgun out of his saddlebags. Kids, you might want to leave the recap for a minute or two.

Sure enough, Cole shoots the horse. What kind of sick horsey snuff film is this? He then walks off as mischievous rabbits look on in smug satisfaction. Damn bunnies. It turns out they’ve been evil all along.

Caption contributed by Albert

Considering what the audience will endure for the next ninety minutes, the horse is getting off easy.

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Multi-Part Article: Night of the Lepus (1972)

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