Night of the Lepus (1972) (part 8 of 10)

Cole surveys the damage to his ranch, and asks Red Shirt #2 (whose name is Frank) if he found Jud. “Yeah,” Frank says. “I found him. What was left of him.” Okay, but other than that, how’s he doing?

Cole tells him the horses won’t be back any time soon, and since they don’t have telephone service at the moment, Cole will have to hitchhike into town to alert the authorities. Let’s see… the stampeding rabbits scare off all the horses, and cause a guy driving the only motor vehicle on the property to crash into the only telephone pole on the property? It would appear the rabbits are well versed in horror movie plot mechanics.

Meanwhile, Roy is saying farewell to Amanda and Gerry as they head of to “the lodge” to avoid all those scary newspaper men. But let’s face it, Amanda is the real menace to society in this movie. For those not keeping count, the death toll caused by her little bunny switcheroo now stands at eight.

Mother and daughter hop into a camper and take off. Just as they’re pulling out, Elgin drives up to get Roy so they can both go to the airport. Elgin expositories that Sheriff Cody will be meeting them there, since he just got back from the “crime lab in Phoenix”. Wait, he had to go all the way to Phoenix to listen to theories involving vampires and saber-toothed tigers? If I were Cody, I’d be majorly pissed.

When we cut to the airport, I’m immediately stunned by the majesty of it all. I count at least two or three whole planes! Sheriff Cody drives up, just as Roy and Elgin climb out of a helicopter.

“Sheriff, we have something horrible to tell you,” Roy says, without deviating from his usual deadpan delivery. But Sheriff Cody is way ahead of them, because it appears the crime lab told him the truck driver and Captain Billy were killed by rabbits. Cody even knows how big the rabbits’ teeth are. And he actually does call the guy “Captain Billy”, almost like the bunnies mauled the host of some kiddy TV show.

Night of the Lepus (1972) (part 8 of 10)

At this, all three men climb into the helicopter and take off.

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

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