Attack of the Giant Leeches
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- Executive Producer Roger Corman
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 2 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: August 27, 2002
- Originally Released: 1959
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Ken Clark, Yvette Vickers & Jan Shepard|
|Performer:||Michael Emmet, Bruno VeSota, Gene Roth & Dan White|
|Directed by||Bernard L. Kowalski|
|Edited by||Carlo Lodato|
|Screenplay by||Leo Gordon|
|Composition by||Alexander Laszlo|
|Art Direction by||Daniel Haller|
|Produced by||Gene Corman|
|Director of Photography:||John M. Nickolaus, Jr.|
|Executive Production by||Roger Corman|
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Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 5649 ratings.
I put this movie in with high expectations for some reason. The plot I thought was awesome, what could be better than GIANT LEECHES!?! Well, personally I thought the leech costumes were awesome, for 1959. The ending of this movie is about climactic as watchin paint dry. If you're looking for a good chuckle and something to do on a rainy day, pop this flick in.
This movie is largely a cronk creature feature. The monsters are well done and the colorful characters are comical. What is not pleasant is the hero. The male lead is just about as spitefully doubting and apathetic as the stereotypical town sheriff, and most of the dialogue centers on coffee.
I bought this expecting a funny attempt at a horror movie.. Well it wasn't "scary" but I was surprised how much I enjoyed this movie. The fact is that it is low budget.. You can tell because the main sorce of lighting at night is a flashlight pionted on the actors.. The other obvious is the leech costumes. BUT... you don't see them on screen as much as I was expecting.. infact the underwater shots of these leeches are very real looking.. If you have an extra $5.95 in your pocket I recommend this DVD. It is one I can watch over a few times.
An isolated stretch of the Florida Everglades is under attack by giant bloodsuckers, and no I don't mean land developers. Radiation from nearby Cape Canaveral is blamed for causing leeches to mutate into gigantic, intelligent monsters.
Ken Clark is the hero but the reason everyone remembers this movie to-day is Yvette Vickers. This is her best film and yes, I do remember ATTACK OF THE FIFTY FOOT WOMAN. As "Liz baby" she is a trollop with a senstive side. Trapped in a loveless marriage she nearly escapes with
Michael Emmet (later to be in NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST) but in clearly the best scene in the movie, her shotgun weilding husband (Bruno VeSota) forces them both into the swamp where, unknown to all of them, a giant leech is waiting for his nighttime meal!
The monster "costumes" are no more than re-worked garbage bags with suckers attached to one side but I dare you not to squirm in your seat during the scene where the leeches feed on their human captives.
This one was produced by Roger Corman's brother Gene and directed by Bernard Kowalski who would go on to do things like BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE. Give it a try, it's better than the average 50's B movie.
This is surely one of the greatest "so bad it's good" movies ever made. From laughable bad acting, a gorgeous leading lady and horrible monster costumes.. this one has it all. Many "bad movies" have a rather boring habit of too much pointless dialogue and not enough action, however "Attack Of The Giant Leeches" doesn't fall into this trap. Whether you are a fan of 50's bad cinema or just wanting to add one disc to your collection, you won't be disappointed by this one.
- Sales Rank: 14,238
- UPC: 089218402899
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