The Leech Woman (1960)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  May 1960 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.2/10 from 1,151 users  
Reviews: 47 user | 8 critic

An endocrinologist in a dysfunctional marriage with an aging, alcoholic wife journeys to Africa seeking a drug that will restore youth.



(screenplay), (story), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Rocks from a meteor which grow when in contact with water threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community.

Director: John Sherwood
Stars: Grant Williams, Lola Albright, Les Tremayne
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

American G.I.s who trespass on a Hindu ceremony are hunted down by a beautiful woman who has the power to transform herself into a cobra.

Director: Francis D. Lyon
Stars: Faith Domergue, Richard Long, Marshall Thompson
Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Three men and a woman crash-land in a deep crater in Antarctica, where they find a prehistoric world.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel
Stars: Jock Mahoney, Shirley Patterson, William Reynolds
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An unsuccessful sculptor saves a madman named "The Creeper" from drowning. Seeing an opportunity for revenge, he tricks the psycho into murdering his critics.

Director: Jean Yarbrough
Stars: Rondo Hatton, Robert Lowery, Virginia Grey
Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A giant prehistoric praying mantis, recently freed from the Arctic ice, voraciously preys on American military at the DEW Line and works its way south.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The blood of a primitive fish exposed to gamma rays causes a benign research professor to regress to an ape-like, bloodthirsty prehistoric hominid.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Arthur Franz, Joanna Moore, Judson Pratt
X the Unknown (1956)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Radioactive oil-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village during the 1950's.

Directors: Leslie Norman, Joseph Losey
Stars: Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo McKern
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Men capture the creature from the Black Lagoon and make him an aquarium attraction, from which he escapes.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: John Agar, Lori Nelson, John Bromfield
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An Egyptian high priest travels to America to reclaim the bodies of ancient Egyptian princess Ananka and her living guardian mummy Kharis. Learning that Ananka^Òs spirit has been ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, Robert Lowery
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mad scientist turns a man into an electrically-controlled monster to do his bidding.

Director: George Waggner
Stars: Lionel Atwill, Lon Chaney Jr., Anne Nagel
Adventure | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopatamia.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel
Stars: John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, Hugh Beaumont
Dr. Cyclops (1940)
Adventure | Sci-Fi | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A mad scientist working in the South American jungle miniaturizes his colleagues when he feels his megalomania is threatened.

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Stars: Albert Dekker, Thomas Coley, Janice Logan


Complete credited cast:
June Talbot
Neil Foster
Phillip Terry ...
Dr. Paul Talbot
Gloria Talbott ...
John Van Dreelen ...
Bertram Garvay
Estelle Hemsley ...
Kim Hamilton ...
Arthur Batanides ...


When a very old African woman offers an ambitious endocrinologist the secret of eternal youth, he decides to take his estranged and no-longer-young-and-beautiful wife along with him on the safari. But then she finds out the true reason for their sudden reconciliation is so that she can serve as his guinea pig. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially one with a stolen pineal gland tapper. But once you try Nipe, there's no going back. Written by Larry Cline

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Men Were Her Prey For Eternal Youth. See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

May 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Leech  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Stars Coleen Gray and Phillip Terry were so into their performances as a feuding couple that they didn't even get along off-camera either. See more »


While pursuing June, the leopard roars and growls repeatedly. Cats do not growl while stalking or on the chase. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Paul Talbot: Well, that's a novelty - you're refusing anything with alcohol in it! I'm not used to seeing you sober this time of day.
See more »


References 4D Man (1959) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Wanted: Men for milking & consuming pineal gland; then throw away!
20 October 2008 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

The low rating and numerous negative reviews around here as well as on external websites warned me to approach "The Leech Woman" with caution and an absolute minimum of expectations, but I honestly didn't think it was such a bad movie. Admittedly the script is incoherent and extremely predictable, but the rudimentary story lines are original and engaging and - unlike so many other contemporary cheap Sci-Fi movies - this one at least doesn't feature any overlong boring speeches and dull padding footage. The screenplay of "The Leech Woman" is already pretty stuffed as it is, with the tone of the film shifting no less than three times, so there really isn't any room for boredom. It may perhaps offer just a few surprises and even less shocks, but at least you won't constantly be staring at the timer, wondering when it'll be over. The film opens with a wondrous sequence of a married couple viciously bickering. He's a heartless and obnoxious scientist continuously preoccupied with his work (the secret to rejuvenation) and she's a depressed and alcohol addicted wreck due to his cruelty. When Dr. Talbot meets the 152 year old Malla, he realizes her native tribe holds the secret of eternal youth and follows his patient to the heart of the African jungle. There they witness a ritual that turns the old and wrinkled Malla into a stunning beauty with just a few drops of juice coming from a dying man's pineal gland. The slick Dr. Talbot wants the formula and attempts to win his wife back in order to use her as a guinea pig, but the joke turns against him when the rejuvenating woman needs to select a man to sacrifice and, obviously, June picks her beloved husband. She returns to the States as a young and stunningly beautiful young woman, but she needs to kill random men and milk their pineal glands in order to stay desirable.

"The Leech Woman" definitely has a pretty cool and eventful script; you just need to overlook a copious number of plot holes, improbabilities and continuity errors. There's no real suspense to enjoy, but nonetheless plenty of action and a handful of impressive make-up effects (especially the make-up that makes old women look even older). However, the movie's greatest achievement is presumably an unintentional one: pure and genuine irony! Although a story that constantly revolves on beauty and popularity, the cast of characters only includes shallow, substantially ugly and insupportable individuals. At least Dr. Talbot is a bastard right from the start, but all the others gradually turn into intolerable people. The pitiable and humiliated wife becomes a relentless killer, the fragile old lady becomes a stone-cold tribe leader, the helpful guide transforms into a shallow runaway lover, the devoted attorney becomes an adulterous jerk and the cherubic fiancée changes into a jealous fury. Honestly, I've rarely seen such an unpleasant and even downright misanthropic collection of people playing together in one film … and that's sort of fascinating!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
On Svengoolie this evening billperk-640-154770
' Met Coleen Gray ! ' addison3
Malla Forgotten_Hero
50 Things We Can Learn from "The Leech Woman" Cinemaskype
Discuss The Leech Woman (1960) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: