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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 ...
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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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It would take an atom bomb to wipe out the walking catfish! See more »

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Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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January 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Attack of the Swamp Creatures  »

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The movie was shot in 1971, and had a limited release in the American South. Wide release came four years later. See more »

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The corpse breathes during the morgue scene. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Krantz: Well, I ain't seen that college education of yours do us much good so far.
Marine Biologist Rex: Walking fish wasn't part of the curriculum. They didn't teach us how to be kind to sheriffs, either - but I'm trying.
Sheriff Krantz: You better be, boy.
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There's a reason Zaat begins with 'Z'...
18 March 2009 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Crazy scientist living in the Florida swamps turns himself into a monstrous walking fish-man and proceeds to terrorize.

Another drive in low-budgeter that probably would have been more at home in the 1950's rather than the early 70's. It's weird and cheap schlock all the way! The big rubber monster of the film is quite cheesy looking as it teeters around the swamps and struggles to swim in underwater scenes. The zippers of the monster suit are "hidden" by patches of fur. Zaat seems to have all of the hokey B flick trappings - a silly storyline, lackluster acting, crude editing, and a folksy theme song. Also there's a bikini-wearing girl who gets kidnapped by the monster to cap it off.

Now ordinarily such campy qualities might be downright charming to a B horror fan such as myself, unfortunately Zaat is just too roughly-made and ultimately ridiculous for its own good. Not the worst of its kind, it certainly beats the similarly themed 1966 movie Curse of the Swamp Creature, but Zaat leaves much to be desired.

Then again, what other horror film is there where the monster robs a drugstore?

* 1/2 out of ****


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