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Zaat (1971)

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

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Cast

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Marshall Grauer ...
Wade Popwell ...
Paul Galloway ...
Gerald Cruse ...
Sanna Ringhaver ...
Dave Dickerson ...
...
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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Storyline

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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(Eastmancolor)

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1.78 : 1
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In an interview, writer Ron Kivett said the script was inspired by an article he read about a species of 'walking' catfish that could live in water and on land. The article theorized that the fish were possibly a mutation. Doctor Leopold refers to the same species of fish in his voice-over narrative. See more »

Goofs

After the monster trashes the drugstore and walks out to the right side, a shadow on the left side moves around on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Leopold: Nets are no longer for fish. We may use them on you humans - if any survive.
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Referenced in Luigi's Mansion (2001) See more »

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Great 70's Fun!
14 September 2005 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

This film is a testament to the low budget, independent monster/horror flicks of the 60's and 70's. Man with a grudge, Dr. Kurt Leopold, transforms himself into a murderous "man fish" reeking revenge on all who have scorned him and anyone who gets in his way. Sure, the FX are non existent, the acting and dialogue amateurish, and the monster looks incredibly inane - a "man fish" with fur around the neck and back to hide the zipper! But that's what makes these films loads of fun to watch! You have to admire these independents who often invest their life savings to produce these gems. Lots of heart and soul fuse this genre. Today's excuses for cinema with bloated corporate budgets, over production, over paid prima donna actors, and excessive FX can't compare to the spirit and zeal of this genre. Cinamatic hacks such as Spielberg, Scorsese, Lucas, and Coppola who prostitute themselves on a consistent basis can learn a lot from the likes of The Blood Waters of Dr. Z.


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