After local-moonshine swilling trapper Lem Sawyer sees a giant creature, people start disappearing. While searching for illegal traps Steve Benton and Nan Greyson, his girl-friend find Lem ... See full summary »
A newly married couple arrives at the home of the husband's late wife, where the gardens have been maintained by a gardener faithful to the dead woman's memory. Soon, eerie events lead the new wife to think she's losing her mind.
After local-moonshine swilling trapper Lem Sawyer sees a giant creature, people start disappearing. While searching for illegal traps Steve Benton and Nan Greyson, his girl-friend find Lem dying with giant sucker wounds on his body. One couple Liz Walker and Cal Moulton, forced into the water by her enraged husband Dave Walker, gets taken by the leeches. When police refuse to believe Dave's story, he hangs himself. Soon after this, 2 more trappers disappear, the local Game Warden Steve Benton gets involved. He and Nan's father Dr Greyson realize that the people were taken by the leeches and the leeches live in caves under the swamp. Using dynamite, the 4 missing bodies are discovered and the leeches are destroyed. Written by
Matthew Soffen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
First off, I'm a huge fan/collector of all things weird in vintage cinema. There's a thousand times more charm in the "Wild, Wild World of Batwoman" or "Blood Freak" 's out there than of any modern day piece of demographically determined dreck that Hollywood currently cranks out of their movie-making machine. Watch any CGI assisted modern day horror film and see just how much "fun" you'll have.
"Attack of the Giant Leeches" is a flick I've watched close to twenty times. "Good Lord, why?!" you'll probably ask - and I wish I could tell you! I suppose it's because this movie is one of those little gems that just grows on you on repeated viewings.
Most of the characters come off as "Deliverance" locals, extra-light. Being a northerner (from Canada, actually) I find something very compelling about movies based in the deep south. Much of the horror from "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" for example, is derived from this unfamiliarity of culture. Although "Leeches" isn't at all frightening, it IS creepy - all the more heightened if you're viewing it on one of the numerous grainy public domain DVD/VHS releases. In fact, that's the ONLY way to watch this film!
I won't bother retreading the plot, but this film is paced briskly and has a short enough running time (what's with that ending, anyhow? ha-ha) to keep you entertained throughout...that is, if you're somebody who doesn't demand $110 billion dollar effects and will take the film for what it is. I suppose if you're reading this, you're probably a fan of old horror/sci-fi anyways.
One of my personal faves...I say 8/10 on the old-time family fun-o-meter! Yvette Vickers is a total cutie as well!
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