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Attack of the Giant Leeches
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Writers:
Leo Gordon (original story)
Leo Gordon (screenplay)
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Release Date:
October 1959 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Massive Blood Sucking Monsters! See more »
Plot:
After local-moonshine swilling trapper Lem Sawyer sees a giant creature, people start disappearing.... See more » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
But Liz Baby! See more (83 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ken Clark ... Steve Benton

Yvette Vickers ... Liz Walker
Jan Shepard ... Nan Greyson
Michael Emmet ... Cal Moulton
Tyler McVey ... Doc Greyson
Bruno VeSota ... Dave Walker
Gene Roth ... Sheriff Kovis

Dan White ... Porky Reed (as Daniel White)
George Cisar ... Lem Sawyer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guy Buccola ... Giant Leech (uncredited)
Joseph Hamilton ... Old Sam Peters (uncredited)
Walter Kelley ... Mike (uncredited)
Ross Sturlin ... Giant Leech (uncredited)

Directed by
Bernard L. Kowalski 
 
Writing credits
Leo Gordon (original story)

Leo Gordon (screenplay)

Produced by
Gene Corman .... producer
Roger Corman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Alexander Laszlo 
 
Cinematography by
John M. Nickolaus Jr. (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carlo Lodato 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller  (as Dan Haller)
 
Production Management
Jack Bohrer .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John C. Chulay .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard M. Rubin .... property master (as Dick Rubin)
 
Sound Department
Al Overton .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Rosher Jr. .... first assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Anthony Magro .... associate editor (as Tony Magro)
 
Other crew
Kinta Zertuche .... production secretary
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Giant Leeches" - USA (promotional title)
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Runtime:
62 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
UK:X (cut) | UK:PG (2005) | USA:Approved (Certificate #19203) | USA:Unrated (DVD)

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Trivia:
According to director Bernard L. 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, so he put on a bathing suit and did it himself.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Mike wires the explosives to the detonator box and the plunger is all the way up as he walks over to Steve and the rest of the group. Steve then walks over to the detonator box to set off the charge but now the plunger is down, he has to pull up before he pushes it down to set off explosives.See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
But Liz Baby!, 14 December 2006
Author: chicocat2002 from Canada

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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