The Killer Shrews (1959) - Movie Script

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-NARRATOR: First
in Alaska and then

-Invading steadily
southward, there

-Were reports of a new species.
-The giant killer shrew.
-[THUNDER]
-Sure is a lot of
quiet out there.

-Almost smell it, can't you?
-No, I but I can feel it.
-That pressure's dropped so fast
it's almost made my ears pop.

-Hurricanes got definite ways
of telling you it's there.

-Where is it?
-Dead ahead.
-What's that mean to us?
-Now boy, that puts our port
right in the middle of it.

-There's a cove on
the east side though.

-We'll snuggle up close to
the bluff and ride it out.

-What about the bottom?
-Well, the chart shows
it's good holding ground.

-It's clay.
-You know something?
-If this thing had
an automatic pilot,

-I wouldn't have to
put up with you.

-Then you wouldn't have
nobody to chew out.

-We should be there
in a couple of hours.

-These mills of
yours keep running.

-Look, automatic pilots
can't play dixieland jazz

-On their [INAUDIBLE] like I can.
-Hey, Rook.
-Rook, come here.
-Take a look.
-There she is, dead ahead.
-Man, that sure do look good.
-Man named Craigis owns
this island, does he?

-That's the name on the
crate, Dr. Marlowe Craigis.

-We'll unload tomorrow.
-I don't want this crap
sitting high in that wate

-When that blow hits.
-You going to ride [INAUDIBLE]
with a lot of water under?

-That's right.
-That sea won't make
up in that cove.

-That wind will have her
whipping around like a kite.

-Step forward and break out
the heavy weather hook.

-Check it and make
sure it's free to run.

-- I don't mind, sir.
- Good.

-Ah, she'll ride like a duck.
-If she swings too
far to starboard

-We might have to take
a check line to shore.

-Hey Rook, take a
slant up that trail.

-Now that's a rather strange
set up, wouldn't you say?

-Looks like somebody's getting
rid of somebody, huh captain?

-Maybe.
-Hard to tell.
-I'm Dr. Craigis.
-Thorne Sherman.
-I have your supplies aboard.
-That's good.
-Nothing wrong with Captain
[INAUDIBLE], I hope?

-I wouldn't know.
-I just bought his run.
-Oh, I see.
-Well, [INAUDIBLE] order?
-Everything on the list.
-Here's the manifest.
-Missing last week's supply
has run us a little short,

-You know.
-Captain, after
you have unloaded,

-I have a passenger for you.
-Ann.
-Captain Sherman, this is
my daughter, Ann Craigis.

-Hello.
-So you're the passenger.
-That's right, Captain.
-Well, it's going to be
nice having you aboard.

-I'm getting a little tired
of looking at Griswold.

-But we're, uh, we're
not leaving today.

-In fact, we're not
even unloading.

-That load will cut
the roll in half.

-You expecting an invasion?
-Yes, animals.
-Game or otherwise?
-Under certain conditions
it could be dangerous.

-Hey Rook, you want to shake the
kinks out, limber up a little?

-Not me, Captain.
-You go right ahead
and stretch your legs.

-That ship's going to be
bucking like a bucking bronco

-Before long.
-Besides, I got some
work left to do.

-If you do come
ashore, wear a gun.

-Got you, Captain.
-When I told you
about the hurricane,

-You acted like you didn't
know anything about it.

-What's the matter?
-Your set broken down?
-We have been out of
communication for more than a

-Week, Captain.
-Can't it be fixed?
-It's totally out of commission.
-My assistant, Mr.
Farrell, Jerry Farrell.

-Father, perhaps the
captain would enjoy a drink.

-Well of course.
-Will you join us for a cocktail?
-Well, I've never been known
to turn down a drink yet.

-I'd be glad to accept.
-Fine.
-In that case we'll
have martinis.

-Mario.
-Si, senor?
-Mix them, please.
-Right this way, Captain.
-Come in.
-You have everything
here you need?

-We are self sufficient here.
-We have cows for fresh milk
and chickens for fresh eggs.

-We even have
[INAUDIBLE] horses.

-Sort of a world all your own.
-That's exactly what
I've tried to create.

-Well, to each his own.
-If you have to be
isolated for your work,

-You picked a lonely
little island.

-Excuse me, please,
I think I'll change.

-She's a little
worried because you

-Aren't leaving until tomorrow.
-Well, I can understand that.
-But there's something
else bothering her.

-Radford.
-Radford.
-Radford, would you
please step over here?

-I'd like you to meet someone.
-Just a second, Doctor.
-That could go on for hours.
-Dr. Baines.
-There's no need to shout,
Doctor, I'm right here.

-I'd like you to meet
Captain Thorne Sherman.

-This is my other
assistant, Radford Baines.

-How do you do?
-Two new litters
since lunch, Doctor.

-Both support GT116.
-That's good, but, uh...
-We can breed them to the 205
group in about three weeks.

-But I'd prefer to wait and
expose about half of them

-To the Hoskins factor first.
-If you agree.
-Good idea.
-Do you know there's
a hurricane coming?

-Hurricane?
-Well, I don't suppose there's
much we can do about that.

-Glad to meet you.
-Sherman, was it?
-You have to excuse Radford.
-Anything that does
not concern his

-Project cannot get
through to him.

-Brilliant mind.
-He would starve to
death if someone

-Didn't remind him to eat.
-Must be very interesting work.
-What's his field?
-Biology.
-He specializes in
genetics, heredity.

-I'm afraid my interest doesn't
run in that line, you know.

-Think what would happen if
you could isolate and identify

-The inherited
[INAUDIBLE] in each gene.

-Now wait a minute.
-I'm afraid I'm not very
good with pure research.

-This is practical research.
-[INAUDIBLE] mammals, the
smaller the size, the highe

-The metabolism and
shorter the life span.

-Yeah, right.
-Well, I'm attempting
to decrease the size

-By maintaining a low
metabolism and result

-In a longer lifespan.
-What reason?
-Overpopulation.
-Not a problem now, but
it will be in time.

-If we were half as
big as we are now,

-We could live twice as long
in our natural resources.

-Father, may I speak
with you a moment?

-Will you please
excuse us, Captain?

-Well, providing you
drop the captain.

-I prefer Thorne.
-Tell me something, Doctor.
-Has a hurricane ever hit this
island before that you know of?

-I wouldn't know.
-We've only been here nine
months and this place

-Has been unoccupied for years.
-Well have you ever
been through one?

-Only the fringes.
-Well, this one's
building up very fast.

-Pressure drops very
quickly in the center.

-I'd advise you to get some doors
and windows open in this place.

-Ventillators in the roof.
-And if you'll freshen Ann's
drink I'll go and check them.

-I'd be happy too.
-Thank heavens
you arrived today.

-Why, are rations getting short?
-No, it's more than that.
-Much more.
-We'll surely be able to
sail tomorrow, won't we?

-Possibly.
-But not probable.
-Not until late, anyway.
-Takes a long time for a sea
like that to quiet down.

-Well if you're worrying
about me, you needn't.

-I'm a good sailor.
-Oh, I'm not worried about you.
-We'll sail when
the time's right.

-Got them opened all right.
-Oh, Captain, let me
freshen you a drink.

-One for the road.
-Not trying to rush you,
but it will be dark soon.

-I've invited Thorne
for dinner, father.

-Oh?
-I see.
-If you're not worried about
your ship, you are welcome.

-I'll take a rain
check on that dinner.

-If you wish.
-Father.
-I've asked Thorne to stay.
-Progress, Doctor.
-This is the sole
survivor of group 30.

-28 months old today.
-Well that's equivalent
to 140 years to us.

-That's right.
-Yet it still maintains
low metabolism

-Without any sluggishness.
-It's not a breakthrough, but
it certainly sets our course.

-Radford, suspend
series 52 through 96

-And we'll concentrate
on the rest.

-What is that?
-It's a sorex soricidae.
-Looks like a small rat.
-Smells like a skunk.
-They have musk
glands [INAUDIBLE].

-These little fellas
are our subjects.

-They have a birth cycle of
10 to 14 days and using them

-We can establish traits.
-We can trace the
progressions through a numbe

-Of generations over a
short period of time.

-Well how big do they get?
-That's an adult.
-See, the muzzle is long
and thicker than a rat's.

-It extends over the
lower mandible, see?

-Does he bite?
-Only when he is hungry.
-Well, maybe you'd
better take him.

-He doesn't know me.
-All he knows is his next meal.
-He's just been fed.
-He'll be all right for
another eight hours.

-[CRASHING]
-[SCREAMS]
-A shutter blew open.
-Radford.
-I got it, senor.
-Don't let that scare you.
-It's going to get worse.
-Storms always frighten her,
ever since she was a child.

-They are not climbers.
-They are digging
animals, like the mole.

-They feed only at night
unless they are starving.

-And when they are
hungry enough, they'll

-Tackle anything
regardless of size.

-No kidding.
-If you leave two of them in a
cage for 12 hours without food,

-The stronger will
eat the weaker.

-Like cannibals.
-Precisely.
-You see, their intense
activity requires

-A tremendous amount of energy.
-To supply, they must eat three
times their own weight in food

-Every 24 hours or starve.
-Radford.
-Radford, would you
please take this?

-Take him.
-Some call them bone eaters.
-When the flesh is gone, they'll
eat the bones for marrow.

-All they leave are
teeth, horns, hooves...

-I could use another martini.
-Do you mind?
-Of course, my dear.
-I'll get you one.
-There you are.
-Mario?
-Mario.
-[SPEAKING SPANISH] Mario
will show you to the bath

-And you will freshen up a bit.
-[SPEAKING SPANISH]
-[SPEAKING SPANISH]
-Excuse me.
-[SPEAKING SPANISH]
-You got a problem too?
-Que paso?
-[SPEAKING SPANISH] But you
will leave on the ship tomorrow.

-Well, I think that all depends
on the wind and the sea,

-Don't you?
-Si.
-Si senor.
-I don't know.
-Ah, [INAUDIBLE].
-I feel the point.
-I see.
-Well, I'm glad to hear that.
-Now if anybody else is
concerned about my sailing

-Tomorrow, why, you see they
feel the point too, huh?

-I don't like to repeat myself.
-OK, senor.
-I know, but I'm not saying
that you created them, Jerry.

-I am saying that because
of your drunken stupidity

-In leaving the
cage door open, you

-Created the horrible
situation that now exists.

-Look, Ann, this is a mistake
any one of us might have made.

-And I'm getting a little
sick of being called

-An irresponsible drunk,
now believe me I am.

-Excuse me.
-Care for a cigarette?
-Thanks.
-And thank heavens
you arrived today.

-You said that before.
-What's the strain?
-If I don't make sense,
please excuse me.

-But it seems like everything
is coming to a head at once.

-Oh?
-I want to leave, but I want
my father to go with me.

-Well then, why doesn't he?
-We've discussed it many
times, but he's adamant.

-I'm sure Jerry has a lot
to do with his decision.

-He tried to convince
me that the crisis

-Will only last for a few...
-Well.
-This is certainly a
cozy little scene.

-Might even be called intimate.
-Boy meets girl...
-Stop it, Jerry.
-That remark is uncalled for.
-What I do or have to say
does not concern you.

-I can't disagree with
you more, my dear.

-I'm concerned with
everything you do

-And I intend to
keep it that way.

-Now on my book an engagement
isn't a casual thing.

-In my book it isn't either.
-And last night ended ours.
-[SHREWS CHATTERING]
-[GUNSHOTS]
-[THUNDER]
-[THUNDER]
-[SHREWS CHATTERING]
-Help!
-Help!
-Captain Thorne!
-Somebody help!
-Help, Captain Thorne!
-[THUNDER]
-Be reasonable.
-Everybody in the world is
scared to death of something.

-That's evident.
-When they came at
us last night you

-Knocked me down getting
inside the fence.

-It's just that I
can't stand them.

-And I've discovered
something I can't stand.

-All right.
-But I advise you not to
mention it to anyone.

-I'm going to complete these
experiments with your fathe

-Regardless of anything,
do you understand that?

-Nobody is going to take
this chance away from me.

-Where's Captain Sherman?
-Checking the weather.
-I'll get him.
-Captain?
-Time for dinner.
-[SHREWS CHATTERING]
-Help!
-Somebody!
-Help!
-Help me!
-No!
-Somebody!
-Help!
-[GUNSHOTS]
-Help!
-Somebody help me!
-Help me!
-[SCREAMS]
-[SCREAMING]
-[THUNDER]
-Well, a miss as good
as a mile, I always say.

-And if one of those
trees crashes through

-It might just knock the whole...
-Look, any tree on
this side of the house

-Will fall away from
us, so just relax.

-But I think I'd
better go back aboard.

-Don't think I'm not grateful
for your hospitality.

-I am.
-I'll see you tomorrow.
-Thorne.
-Your ship is safe.
-Please, stay here with me.
-Why?
-You scared or lonesome?
-Both.
-I'll take a rain check on it.
-Thorne.
-You can't leave.
-No one opens that
gate after dark.

-Well, who's going to stop me?
-You?
-With this.
-No one opens that gate at night.
-[SHREWS CHATTERING]
-Look, I don't ask
questions because it's

-Against my principles.
-But wouldn't you
like to explain that?

-All right.
-Sit down and I will.
-Give me the gun.
-Not very becoming, anyway.
-Do you believe in fairy tales?
-Well, I'm a little old
for that sort of thing,

-But what did you have in mind?
-Well I'll tell you about one.
-A true fairy tale, and you're
right in the middle of it.

-Oh?
-Have you ever heard of a shrew?
-As in "Taming of the"...
-No, the animal.
-Radford called them
sorex soricidae

-When he showed you one.
-Well, then shrew must
be the common name

-For those cute little animals.
-Cute?
-That's the last word
you can use to describe

-Those little monsters.
-They're the most
horrible animals

-On the face of the earth.
-As father told you, they breed
within three weeks after birth.

-Their lifespan is one year.
-Yeah, I know what
your father told me.

-But what's that got to do
with me opening that gate?

-There are 200 or 300
giant shrews out there.

-Monsters weighing between
50 and 100 pounds.

-50 to 100... wait a minute.
-You must be kidding.
-I'm definitely not kidding.
-That's as big as
a full grown wolf.

-And what's more, they
are beginning to starve.

-No wonder you didn't
want me to go out there.

-Thanks for saving my skin.
-And I'm sorry I had to
threaten you with a gun.

-But I didn't know
how else to stop you.

-It was very effective.
-But all you had to do
was tell me about them.

-I hoped I wouldn't have to.
-But you changed everything
when you started to leave.

-And I had to stop you some way.
-You say there's 200
or 300 out there?

-Ann.
-That's right, Captain Thorne.
-And if you'd stuck
with your row boat

-And played captain instead
of trying to play detective,

-You wouldn't have to worry
about how many are out there,

-Would you?
-That's enough, Jerry.
-What's wrong, Ann?
-Thorne decided to leave.
-To dissuade him I started to
tell him about the shrews.

-He might as well know the
whole story as half of it.

-I guess we're all a
little jumpy, captain.

-I'm sorry.
-Six months ago we
managed to isolate

-The path to controlling size.
-Two litters were born.
-Six individuals kept for study.
-They were about the size
of buckshot at birth.

-But the rate of
growth was abnormal.

-They continued to grow and grow.
-They were mutants.
-But they inherited all the
negative characteristics

-Of their breed.
-Somehow they managed to escape.
-About a month later we saw
one of their offspring.

-They were multiplying.
-We did everything in the
world to exterminate them,

-But no apparent luck.
-Then we haven't seen any since
daylight blinds them and they

-Forage only at night
unless starving.

-But the fact that two of
them charged Ann and Jerry

-At the gate last
evening indicates

-That their available food on
the island is nearing depletion.

-Then what, Doctor?
-They will exterminate
each other.

-It will take a couple days.
-And what do we do
during that time?

-Stay indoors and
wait until it's over.

-I guess some wires blew
down on the transformer.

-I'm sorry.
-I'll get some lamps.
-Mario.
-Mario.
-Si, senor?
-There's a lantern
in the pantry.

-Light it and bring it in here.
-Radford, light all the
candles you can find.

-All right, I will.
-Where's the generator?
-Outside.
-Can't get at it at night.
-Here, let me help.
-A lantern will give you
all the light you need.

-I will join you shortly, Jerry.
-[THUNDER]
-Well, Jerry, I
felt she was sincere

-And made sense from
her standpoint.

-Wanting her father to leave
the island with her makes sense?

-It'd be much better
for the project

-If I went with her
for a few days.

-As a matter of fact, I think
I'll talk to Doctor about that.

-That might be the answer.
-And another thing, I don't take
much to this Thorne Sherman.

-He looks to me like the type
that would try anything.

-That left handed
dinner invitation.

-That was just to keep me here
until after dark, wasn't it?

-I wanted you here tonight.
-I thought something terrible
was going to happen.

-Do you still feel
the same way about it?

-Not as much.
-Not since you're here
and know everything.

-[SHREWS CHATTERING]
-[HORSE NEIGHING]
-I love an open fire, don't you?
-Mm-hmm.
-The wind has a lonesome
sound, doesn't it?

-Sure does.
-Back in Sweden we don't
have a wind this strong.

-You're a strange man, Thorne.
-I never met anyone like you.
-Oh?
-You seem so disinterested
in everything.

-Aren't you the
least bit curious?

-Don't you wonder about the
unusual things around here?

-The guns, the fence, shattered
windows, my accent, anything?

-I'll tell you something.
-I'm only interested in
anything that concerns me,

-Then I do something about it.
-[HORSE NEIGHING]
-You're going to sail with me
tomorrow whether your fathe

-[INAUDIBLE].
-[HORSE NEIGHING]
-Thorne, no!
-Father!
-Rad!
-Out there.
-I don't think he
was going out, Jerry.

-I couldn't take a chance.
-He's fool enough to.
-Don't be stupid.
-I had no intentions of
going out there and opening

-That gate unless
somebody needed it.

-Did you hear it, Doctor?
-Sounded like a human voice.
-I was thinking of Rook.
-It was the livestock.
-The shrews got into the barn.
-What was it, father?
-The livestock.
-Did Mario forget
to bar those doors?

-No.
-I put them in the barn myself.
-They couldn't get
through the wood doors.

-They dug through the dirt floor.
-Let me ask you
something, Doctor.

-How could you expose all our
lives, yourself included,

-With those things out there?
-All you had to do was get
the Coast Guard or the Navy

-To come in here
and burn them out.

-Those things got loose...
-Any unusual experiment can
produce unusual results.

-That's why I chose this island.
-It's isolated.
-Miles of open water
in any direction.

-Our project is
privately financed.

-It's not a product for the
government or military.

-And the world is no danger.
-This species does not swim.
-And as far as the
shrews are concerned,

-This island is their world.
-Very soon, right
here on this island,

-There's going to be a
miniature reproduction

-Of an overpopulated world.
-And you'll see the importance
of what we're working to avoid.

-I'm not concerned
about all this theory.

-What I'm concerned
about is our lives.

-There'll be ample time to
panic when they run out of food

-And go on a 24 hour forage.
-How do you know
they haven't already?

-That's possible.
-Their main diet has been
small animals on the island.

-That source could have been
depleted 18 or 20 hours ago.

-And that's why they went
after the livestock.

-There's still some
food on this island

-Before they reach the crisis.
-Where?
-No worry about them
digging in here.

-The floors are tile.
-But the walls aren't, Doctor.
-They're adobe.
-Our safest bet would
be on that boat.

-You may be right.
-You can reach your
boat in daylight.

-The shrews will gorge
themselves on livestock.

-That will keep them
lethargic for several hours.

-There's no sense
looking at the dark side.

-And there's no sense
minimizing a serious situation.

-It leaves you completely
unprepared to cope with it.

-Now we certainly
can't make it tonight.

-That's out of the question.
-Maybe tomorrow.
-I have it.
-We'll get some sleep
tonight, but we'll

-Have a watch, an hour
and a half apiece.

-Doctor, you go first, and
then Radford, Mario, Jerry,

-And then me.
-Shutter all the windows.
-Make sure they're
locked good and tight.

-Check all these walls.
-Come now.
-No, I think I'll
stay here by the fire.

-I feel safer.
-I couldn't stand it
in that room alone.

-All right.
-As you wish.
-But try to get some sleep.
-I will.
-[KNOCKING ON DOOR]
-Senor Farrell, it is Mario.
-You are next to
make the patrol, no?

-(SLURRING) Sure,
Mario, come on in.

-Been waiting for you to finish.
-I must have dozed off.
-You kind of startled me.
-Sit down.
-Here.
-Have a drink.
-It'll help you to relax.
-Gracias, senor.
-Sit down.
-Rest a while.
-You just checked every room
in the house, didn't you?

-Si.
-Fine.
-You're a good man, Mario.
-A man that can be trusted.
-You know what I've been
thinking about, Mario?

-Ann and that captain.
-You and me.
-Imagine an intelligent
girl like her going

-For a common sea tramp like him.
-I know why.
-You do too.
-In case anything
goes wrong she's

-Looking out for her own hide.
-That's why I keep
thinking about you and me.

-Anything goes wrong, we're
going to outlast them all.

-[THUNDER]
-I'm going to trust
you to take my turn

-At patrolling the house.
-But when you finish,
don't wake the captain.

-Come back here and get me.
-I'll probably feel good enough
by then to take his turn.

-OK, Mario?
-Si.
-OK.
-[SHREWS SQUEAKING]
-Senor, it is Mario.
-Mario.
-Come on in.
-What is it?
-[SPEAKING SPANISH]
-A shrew in the cellar?
-Si.
-I hear him [INAUDIBLE]
down there.

-Well how did he get in?
-The [INAUDIBLE]
the kitchen window.

-But I close it off.
-He went down there.
-Why should he go down there?
-The food for the [INAUDIBLE].
-I [INAUDIBLE].
-They love it.
-Well did you tell Jerry?
-No, senor.
-He [INAUDIBLE] your turn next.
-Here is [INAUDIBLE].
-We kill him, no?
-Yeah.
-Ann.
-Ann, wake up.
-A shrew got in.
-It's all right.
-He's down in the cellar.
-Now, we're going down after him.
-But I don't want
you to let anybody

-Open that door
until I tell you to.

-You understand?
-Good girl.
-OK.
-Open it just a crack.
-Open it.
-Hold on to it.
-OK.
-Take that side.
-Mario?
-[SPEAKING SPANISH]
-You see anything?
-I see where he was.
-I do not see where he is.
-[SPEAKING SPANISH]
-Si, senor.
-I will be careful.
-[GUNSHOT]
-[SPEAKING SPANISH]
-Here, let me fix that.
-[SHREW SQUEAKING]
-[GUNSHOT]
-You all right down there?
-Doctor, get down here quick.
-Mario!
-He... he's dead.
-Dead?
-I got this on him right away.
-He couldn't have bled to death.
-Might as well let go of it.
-Won't do him any good now.
-What could have killed him?
-I'm not certain.
-Until the autopsy.
-Hemotoxic syndrome.
-I'm afraid so.
-We'll know after pathology.
-Doctor, that's not the
same animal you showed me.

-That's a monster.
-As I said, they are mutants.
-In controlling the
size factor, we

-Seem to have crossed some of
the other characteristics.

-Well, you certainly
did a good job of it.

-I've known that for
some time, Captain.

-Would you please give
me a hand with Mario?

-Radford, bring up the animal.
-Extremely high poison
content in the shrew's saliva.

-Mm-hmm.
-Now compare it with this.
-Careful count isn't necessary.
-Any indication the same
poison in Mario's blood

-Will give you the answer.
-Yes, you're right.
-Look, Ann.
-Brooding about it's not
going to do any good.

-Now why don't you try to
think of something else?

-Tell me, what do
you do around here?

-Are you a scientist?
-I'm a zoologist.
-Oh?
-That's the study of
animal life, isn't it?

-Well, do you specialize?
-What do you specialize in?
-[INAUDIBLE].
-I had a hand in this too.
-I'm partly to blame.
-[SHREWS CHATTERING]
-[INAUDIBLE].
-If we ever get off
this island, I'll

-Never have anything
to do with it again.

-What will you do?
-Live normally, like
normal women do.

-May seem a little dull after
the life I've been living.

-But I'd rather dull and
alive than excited and...

-I'd take a dull alive
woman every time.

-Say, Thorne.
-The autopsy has proved
what we suspected.

-Several weeks ago I concocted
the most virulent poison

-I could with the
materials I had at hand.

-I put it out as bait.
-Mario was killed by poison.
-Doctor, I wonder if you
thought the system of the sorex

-Enabled them to
assimilate that poison.

-It remained in the salivary
glands of their jaws.

-Isn't that wonderful?
-I am sorry.
-Of course I always speak from
the clinical point of view.

-Well, don't you have something
to counteract that poison?

-Once Mario was bitten I'm
afraid there's nothing anyone

-Could have done.
-This indicates that we cannot
afford to get even so much

-As a scratch from these animals.
-They're more
poisonous than snakes.

-What, do you think
they're all effected?

-Best way to find
out is let them all

-Bite you and see which
bites you die after.

-We might just all get
that chance, Jerry.

-You included.
-Doctor, I've closed all
the doors in the house.

-I suggest we do the same thing
with this hall and this lab.

-It'll cut down the
chances of getting

-In the front of the house.
-I think if we keep a close
watch on those walls and windows

-In there, we might
make it until daybreak.

-The walls are two feet thick.
-Do you think they have
a chance to dig in?

-Of course there's a chance.
-Anywhere that plaster's off,
that adobe's as soft as mush

-Where that rain hit it.
-[SHREW SQUEAKING]
-It's not a bad idea, Doctor.
-But here's another
possibility, Doctor.

-It's very light out.
-It's going to be daylight soon.
-We take the shrew
that killed Mario

-And throw it over the
fence and use it for bait.

-If they show up for it, of
course the run for the boat's

-Out.
-But if they don't,
then I'll go down

-And have Rook lay
too with the lighter.

-Then I'll return to
the bend in the trail

-And give you the
all clear signal.

-Sounds fine, Captain.
-Good, then you
explain it to the rest.

-Yes, I will.
-Well, the bait's been
out there 20 minutes.

-Nothing's touched it.
-Even the wind has gone down.
-Isn't that wonderful?
-I'm afraid it's
not over, my dear.

-It's just a lull.
-There'll be a lot more.
-He's right.
-I'll be back at
the bend shortly.

-Now you watch for my signal.
-You can't go alone.
-I'll go with him.
-Not you, father.
-You haven't even fired a gun.
-Take Rad or Jerry.
-Sure, I'll go.
-And you'll be sure
of getting a signal.

-Don't shoot that gun
unless you have to.

-We've only got 20
rounds all together.

-I know that as well as you do.
-Sherman.
-You stay away from her.
-Do you have that
gun pointed at me?

-Right at the
middle of your back.

-Look, we got enough problems
without worrying about Ann.

-I'm telling you,
stay away from he

-Or when the shrews
get through with you,

-They won't even find a buckshot.
-[SHREWS CHATTERING]
-Hey, Rook!
-Hey, Rook!
-Rook!
-[WHISTLES] Where's the skiff?
-I'll follow that check line.
-I've got to find him.
-Since last night you
won't find much of him.

-Would you shut up?
-I'm not going back.
-You what?
-I'm staying here.
-All right.
-You suit yourself.
-But if I were you, I'd
swim out to that boat.

-Can't swim.
-Then stay here.
-Wait a minute.
-You've got to give me a gun.
-Give you a gun?
-Sherman, wait!
-This is the gun
we had on the boat.

-They don't leave much, do they?
-Sherman, we've got
to make a deal for...

-[SHREWS SQUEAKING]
-What is it?
-Shh.
-They've been trailing
us on both sides.

-Where?
-I didn't see anything.
-Look, Sherman, you've
got to give me a gun.

-All right.
-Whatever you do, don't you run.
-And you stay in front of me
because I don't trust you.

-[SHREWS CHATTERING]
-They're coming!
-Open the gate!
-Open it!
-[GUNSHOT]
-Open the gate!
-Open the gate!
-Open up!
-Let him in!
-Jerry, open the door!
-[GUNSHOT]
-[INAUDIBLE].
-Sherman!
-The shrews were out there!
-I couldn't take a chance!
-[MEN YELLING]
-For heaven's sakes.
-Doctor, stop him!
-All right, didn't he have
it coming or didn't he?

-What happened out there?
-Oh, nothing much.
-Jerry just tried to kill me
twice in the last five minutes.

-Rook came ashore last night.
-He's dead.
-This is all that was left.
-Won't do us any good.
-It's got no ammo.
-I'm deeply sorry, Captain.
-I wish he had
followed your orders.

-Look, Doctor, you
casually mentioned animals.

-You didn't explain to us what
we were facing out there.

-You have every right to
feel the way that you do.

-My mistake was only mine.
-It was one of judgment.
-I didn't know about
the hurricane.

-I didn't anticipate the effect
it would have on the shrews.

-I thought the house would
be safe through the crisis.

-How could you expose
your own daughter?

-How could you
expose Ann to that?

-She was going to leave last
week, but the boat didn't come.

-I need a drink.
-Anybody else care for one?
-I could use some coffee.
-I'll make some.
-Thank you, Ann.
-Cream and sugar?
-[SHREW CHATTERING]
-Oh, my leg!
-[GUNSHOTS]
-Slam the door!
-You all right, Doctor?
-He just ripped my
trousers, that's all.

-Are you sure that's all?
-I'm completely
aware of it, Doctor.

-I'll kill them!
-[GUNSHOTS]
-That was a stupid
waste of ammunition.

-Every one of them a clean miss.
-There's still four
of them in there.

-How did they get in?
-Through that kitchen window.
-That rope must be rotten.
-It's got him!
-Radford!
-He's dead.
-Oh, no!
-He recorded every
symptom and reaction.

-Right up to the
moment of his death.

-Jerry, tear down one of
those drapes and cover him up.

-Sure.
-Sure.
-Craigis will cover Ann
and I'll cover him.

-You'll cover me.
-But who'll cover you?
-Shut up.
-We can get on [INAUDIBLE].
-I told you to shut up.
-Now you stop
snivelling and think.

-It'd take a tank to
get us out of here.

-Thorne!
-There!
-[SHREW SQUEAKING]
-Won't take them long
to dig around this.

-You're right.
-No telling where else
they're digging too.

-[GUNSHOTS]
-Come on. [INAUDIBLE].
-There's not enough stuff here
to barricade those walls.

-I'll tell you what, pile some
of those crates up over there.

-That roof's our last chance.
-Help me, Doctor.
-Find something light.
-All right.
-Here, [INAUDIBLE] Doctor.
-Jerry, see if you
can find some rope.

-Doctor.
-Yes?
-Use these chemical
drums as tanks.

-Individual tanks.
-Here, I'll show you.
-Set it down now.
-Slow.
-All right.
-All right?
-Yeah.
-It'll work.
-It'll work.
-But these drums are
too tall for the base.

-If the shrews don't push
us over, the wind will.

-Not if we lash them together.
-Are there any more around here?
-Only that one over there.
-Have any [INAUDIBLE] chisels
or hammers or anything

-I could knock a hole in here
and make [INAUDIBLE] pieces?

-There are some tools
over there in the corner.

-Hey, here's another one.
-Get that out there.
-Hey, even better.
-Give me a little more slack.
-Get some rope and put it on
that latch so we can [INAUDIBLE]

-From the ground.
-[SCREAMS]
-[SHREW SHRIEKING]
-Now hold this in.
-All right.
-All right.
-We're all set.
-Look, it's going
to be rough, but we

-Should be able to duck
walk to the beach.

-Where's Jerry?
-There's a lot of
them out there.

-I can see them.
-I'm not going.
-Look, come down here!
-That wind will blow you
right off that roof.

-I told you, I'm not going.
-I'm staying here.
-We've got to get him
down here somehow.

-Ann, see if you can
coax him down here.

-Jerry, Jerry please
come down with us!

-No.
-Ann, they'll get you
if you go out there.

-Come down here, you fool!
-Poor devil.
-I hope he makes it.
-We can't leave.
-He's not responsible
for himself.

-We have to go now.
-All right, Doctor.
-Now hold it up.
-Everybody ready?
-I'm going to open that gate.
-Ready.
-Ready.
-OK, here they come.
-Hold on.
-Hold on.
-[SCREAMS]
-Ann, what's the matter?
-Your side's dragging.
-You want to rest?
-You tired?
-[SPEAKING SWEDISH]
-What'd you say?
-She says she's all right.
-She's keeping her eyes closed.
-All right.
-Keep your eyes closed.
-They can't get at
you through the slit.

-This empty drum is
too heavy for her.

-I can barely hold up my side.
-I'll be all right in a minute.
-All right.
-You walk.
-I'll drag for a while.
-Listen.
-Don't let their head get under.
-They'll flip us over.
-[GUNSHOTS]
-[SCREAMING]
-[SCREAMS]
-He got my foot!
-Check your foot!
-No, my foot is free
but he got my boot.

-Is there a scratch?
-No.
-Not a mark.
-[GUNSHOT]
-Keep moving.
-Let's go.
-Let's go.
-Thorne, I don't think I...
-What?
-Sand!
-We're at sand!
-Sand, we're close!
-We'll hit the water soon.
-Doesn't sound like they're
following us anymore.

-We'd better walk deeper.
-I'm about drowned out.
-OK, let's swim for it.
-OK.
-[SPEAKING SWEDISH] We
are safe, aren't we?

-I mean, the storm.
-Oh, sure.
-She rode out the
first half all right,

-And that's always the roughest.
-Anyway, riding an anchor
out will give me a chance

-To learn a little bit more
about that Swedish accent.

-In 24 hours, there'll be
one shrew left on the island.

-And he'll be dead of starvation.
-An excellent example
of overpopulation.

-Well, you know
something, Doctor?

-What's that?
-I'm not going to worry about
overpopulation just yet.