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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 »
NewsDesk:
(19 articles)
User Reviews:
Why not a 1? See more (86 total) »

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:
The Marineland park location that was used for Dr. Leopold's lab was previously used for another monster film: Revenge of the Creature (1955).See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: When Walker Stevens is in bed and Rex is talking to him, the shadow of a boom mic is persistently visible before Martha joins him and the monster spies them through the window.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Leopold:Nets are no longer for fish. We may use them on you humans - if any survive.See more »

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33 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Why not a 1?, 14 May 1999
Author: Gislef from Iowa City, IA

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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