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 overview, first billed only:
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
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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 <>

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Attack of the Swamp Creatures  »

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Director Don Barton filled the monster role through a newspaper ad. The ad read: "Wanted: 6'5'' or taller male to play the role of monster in horror movie. Must be experienced swimmer, scuba diver. Acting Ability not required!" Barton said ten people responded. See more »


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 »


[the newly transformed Leopold sees his new face in the mirror]
Dr. Leopold: Nothing at all like the catfish... but it's BEAUTIFUL!
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Referenced in Luigi's Mansion (2001) See more »

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Hilariously awful
12 May 2010 | by (Cleburne, TX) – See all my reviews

An idiotic scientist decides to turn himself into a walking catfish monster. He also wants to create a new race of fellow walking catfish monsters. This is a horrible movie. It starts off with some laughable narration and an awful folk song. It only gets worse from there. That said, I was cracking up a lot throughout this thing. There's one golden moment shortly after the guy has changed into monster form. He's walking through a basement and clearly trips over something, perhaps the shitty monster costume itself. We're also privy to the long, drawn out process of him getting his machines, pulleys and other junk together for the mutation. This takes up about 20 minutes of screen time all by itself.

About halfway through the film, we get more awful singing from a bunch of hippies, followed by a march to the local jail. The so-called hero of the picture is a joke. He and his girlfriend also wear ridiculous red jumpsuits. They should have just stuck with the college guy and the sheriff, not that doing so would have saved the movie or anything. This is currently #10 on the IMDb bottom 100 list. There's no question that this is a bad movie, but I wouldn't rate it that low simply because of the amusement I got out of it.

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