In a community near a swamp, a local dweller sees a couple of giant monsters but nobody believes him. Later, the cuckold Dave Walker finds his slut wife Liz Walker cheating on him with his friend Cal Moulton. He chases the couple through the swamp, and forces them to jump into the water. The leeches take them and shocked Dave is arrested and accused of murder. Two other locals decide to look for the bodies of Liz and Cal to get the prize of US $50.00 per body, and also vanish in the swamp. Finally, game warden Steve Benton organizes a patrol to investigate the caves under the swamp, finding the lethal giant leeches.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A remake of the film, directed by Brett Kelly and written by Jeff O'Brien, was released on July 7, 2008. See more »
Cal and Dave are talking outside the general store. The reflection of the mike boom can be seen in the roof of the car. See more »
Wait a minute! Wait a minute!
Hold on. Hold on. Hold on.
Just hold it a second, Lem. Liz! You hear me girl?
[appears in doorway]
What you want now?
[referring to music]
You gotta play that thing so loud...?
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This unusual blend of Southern white trash and blood-curdling terror features a good narrative, capable performances by most, excellent musical score, and a misty, shadowy, eerie atmosphere. Despite other negative reviews, this and many other small-budget 1950s are continually being released on DVD and video, to the delight (and distributors' profits) of horror fans. Ken Clark is adequate playing the stalwart hero, as a surprising (for its time) ecologically-minded ranger overseeing a Southern bayou swampland. Third-billed Jan Shepard is really the leading lady here, getting more scenes and close-ups than Yvette Vickers, who appears in early scenes, than basically disappears. Shepard is earnest and very pretty, lending semi-feminism to the proceedings, by joining boyfriend Clark in the swamp, seeking murderous radiation-produced mutations. Shepard appears, 1950s style, in her first and last scenes (probably filmed simultaneously), with her hair down, in an off-the shoulder white dress, well made-up, walking near a sticky, humid swamp! At least she's not in high heels! Vickers is slinky perfection as the adulterous wife of Bruno Ve Soto, another fine actor. Tyler McVey as Shepard's doctor father is also convincing; great character portrayal by Gene Roth as the dis-believing sheriff. All these are "finished" actors, professionals who have amassed many credits through the years. While the leech costumes may disappoint, the unnerving cave scene won't. This film does in 65 minutes what other "blockbuster", star-cast thrillers can't.
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