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Director:
Writers:
Ron Kivett (story) and
Lee O. Larew (story) ...
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Release Date:
January 1971 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Hydra will rip at your senses and plunge you into a quagmire of revulsion... See more »
Plot:
A mad scientist transforms himself into an aquatic killer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
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Cast

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Directed by
Don Barton 
Arnold Stevens (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Ron Kivett (story) and
Lee O. Larew (story)

Don Barton (screenplay)

Arnold Stevens  uncredited

Produced by
Don Barton .... producer
Robert M. Smith Jr. .... associate producer
Dick Stratton .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jamie DeFrates 
Barry Hodgin 
 
Cinematography by
Jack McGowan 
 
Film Editing by
George Yarbrough 
 
Makeup Department
Lee O'Donnell .... makeup artist (as Lee James O'Donnell)
 
Production Management
Paul Galloway .... unit manager
 
Art Department
Hal Henderson .... set designer
Roy Neering .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Karl Herrmann Jr. .... boom operator
George Yarbrough .... sound mixer
George Yarbrough .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Clark .... second assistant camera
Nat Fain .... still photographer
Karl Herrmann Sr. .... key grip
John McGowan .... assistant camera
Neil Mengel .... photographer: second unit
Rich West .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Martha Fillyaw .... monster costume
Ron Kivett .... monster costume
Les Lancaster .... monster costume
 
Editorial Department
John Orsulak .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Jack Tamul .... composer: electronic music
Trevor Duncan .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ron Kivett .... technical director
Sandra Marley .... script clerk (as Sandy Ulosevich)
Marilyn Womersley .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Attack of the Swamp Creatures" - USA (bootleg title)
"Blood Waters of Dr. Z" - USA (alternative title)
"Dr. Z" - USA (alternative title)
"Hydra" - Canada (English title) (video title (bootleg title))
"Legend of the Zaat Monster" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
100 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Originally the film was suppose to have scenes of gigantic catfish destroying the countryside but footage of the walking catfish on miniature landscapes proved to be too hokey. However one shot still made it into the film as one catfish can be seen squirming next to a miniature fence during one sequence.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In one wide shot of the creature returning to the lab, he is wearing tennis shoes.See more »
Quotes:
[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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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
How many titles will I hear this movie as?, 3 January 2002
Author: Scott (scott.m.hathaway@gmail.com) from Greensboro, N.C.

I first read about this movie as being called ZaAt. Then I actually watch it under the name "Attack of the Swamp Monsters." THEN I hear about it once again as The Blood Island of Dr. Z as showed on MST 3k. I have not seen the MST 3k version of this movie, but one has to admit, they would have a LOT to work with. The lighting of this movie was terrible, the kill scenes were very short, the mask! Well, the mask is very self explanatory.

One thing that boggled my mind was after the monster tipped the boat, there were two people floating in the water, while one scrambled to shore. One person in the water was still moving their hands even though it's my best guess that the catfish monster killed them. And then when the monster went up on the land to kill the other person, HE DIDN'T EVEN TOUCH THE PERSON!!! It looked like he just swept a bug off of her chest and she just went limp!!! What?!? I'm no corroner, but I know that somebody doesn't die from being brushed, even if it is by a catfish type monster. My biggest complaint as in every 70's movie, was the lighting. I have never seen worse lighting in my life. You could use the indiglo of a watch and see what was happening better than the lighting from this movie. But what was so bad about it was that there was bad lighting during scenes that looked like they were important, like the fight scene between the people of INPET (shoulda been named "INEPT") and the monster. That looked like it could have been a big scene, if only we could have seen what was going on. And how about those fresh water underwater scenes, you know, with the coral and tropical fish and currents and all. That must have seen some fresh water pond to house coral. Last time I checked, coral doesn't grow in fresh water, never mind that it grew in a pond.

Well, I'll let you watch to enjoy the rest of the movie, although I do suggest you go out and rent the non-MST 3k version, just because sometimes it's fun to enjoy a movie without someone telling you what's funny about it.

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