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Zaat (1971)

 -  Fantasy | Sci-Fi  -  January 1971 (USA)
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A mad scientist transforms himself into an aquatic killer.

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Marshall Grauer ...
Wade Popwell ...
Paul Galloway ...
Gerald Cruse ...
Sanna Ringhaver ...
Dave Dickerson ...
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Deputy Sheriff (as Archie Valliere)
Nancy Lien ...
Girl Camper
Russell Holcomb
Gloria Brady
Del Galloway
Hal Nearhoof
Jim Merrill ...
Boy on porch
Elizabeth Barton ...
Girl on porch
Bob Knowles
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A mad scientist (and apparent former Nazi) unleashes his master plan: to transform himself into a mutated walking catfish, gain revenge on those who have spurned him, and kidnap nubile young women to similarly transform so that he can breed. Or something like that. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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Hydra will rip at your senses and plunge you into a quagmire of revulsion... See more »

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Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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Attack of the Swamp Creatures  »

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Trivia

Filming the movie's monster was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek affair. For shots that wouldn't show the monsters feet, Wade Popwell, the actor in the monster suit, would usually be wearing shoes. So unless we're seeing the monsters feet in a shot - it would typically be wearing tennis shoes on location. See more »

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In one wide shot of the creature returning to the lab, he is wearing tennis shoes. See more »

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[on being told that a victim may have been killed by a "fish bite"]
INPIT Agent Stevens: It looks more like it was done by an animal; a cat or an ape.
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Why not a 1?
14 May 1999 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

Yes, I gave it a 2, dammit. The underwater photography is tolerable and there are a couple of suspenseful attacking moments. Basically, however, this movie rambles on pointlessly, much like the "walking catfish" mutant and the government agent who tracks him in the last third of the movie.

The first 20 minutes of the movie is in (hilarious) voiceover, and you begin to wonder if they lost the soundtrack ala Creeping Terror and Beast of Yuca Flats. Then the characters actually start speaking on-screen and you wish they had lost the soundtrack. The dialogue seems to bear no resemblance to the onscreen goings-on. I suppose it establishes some plot points and clarifies things for the audience, but there are so many ramblings and offshoots that you just kinda of give up and give in.

The "monster" looks like an early draft of a Silurian costume from Doctor Who, with a fur neckpiece (??). The skinny, balding bad guy is on-screen for only a few minutes before undergoing his transformation, but imprints himself indelibly in our minds thanks to his stripping down, his hamhanded maneuvering himself into the transformation tank, and his omniscient voiceover narration.

And the fish! What is it with the fish? The opening narration dwells on them (giving us a good impression of Jacques Costeau as a Nazi gone bad), and at least one murder scene decides to insert random shots of fish in-between cuts. There seems to be some kind of implied ecological nature-takes-vengeance message here somewhere, but like everything else, it is lost entirely in the rambling dialogue.

Basically, the movie is pretty much a waste of celluloid. A few good moments, as I've seen far worse underwater cinematography. Watch it if you dare.


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