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Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  October 1959 (USA)
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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 »

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Liz Walker
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Nan Greyson
Michael Emmet ...
Cal Moulton
Tyler McVey ...
Doc Greyson
Bruno VeSota ...
Gene Roth ...
Sheriff Kovis
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Porky Reed (as Daniel White)
George Cisar ...
Lem Sawyer
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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 <matt@tuxie.aai.com>

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Fear will pierce your flesh... Until every nerve in your body... EXPLODES! See more »

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Attack of the Blood Leeches  »

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$70,000 (estimated)
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According to 'Bernard Kowalski', producer Gene Corman didn't want to pay the technicians the extra money for pushing the camera raft while they were filming in the Pasadena Arboretum in the water and so put on a bathing suit and did it himself. See more »

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Cal and Dave are talking outside the general store. The reflection of the mike boom can be seen in the roof of the car. See more »

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This isn't a movie about public officials
31 August 1999 | by (In the swamp) – See all my reviews

Okay this movie sucks...literally.In some backwoods bayou a couple of poachers disappear. the locals think they're drunk but we know better don't we!There's some sort of varmints in the swamp!

A hot little tramp(Yvette Vickers in a stand out role)is running around on her lovesick/foolish husband. While fooling around with her wimpy boyfriend the hubby comes upon them with a shotgun. To scare them he herds them into the swamp.Well the swamp varmints come up and snatch the couple off in front of him.

Well the locals don't believe the story(especially the hero who has the personality of a deck chair).He's jailed where he promptly hangs himself.Before too long others start vanishing in the swamp.

There is a creepy scene of the leech's victims stacked up in a cave like human groceries.When the leeches start draining the blood of the tramp and others it is very effective too.

Problems with this fun piece of trash are numerous.The leading man is a real stiff.He has the acting range of a watermelon. The leeches while creepy also elicit some big laughs.You can see how the costume designer didn't take into consideration the actors would need oxygen tanks.Nice tanks.There also seems to be only two leeches due to a very limited budget.The townsfolk are pretty stupid and you can only wish more of them had fallen prey to the leeches.

This movie isn't a classic nor is it as bad as you've heard.A fun way to waste an hour!


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