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Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | October 1959 (USA)
A backwoods game warden and a local doctor discover that giant leeches are responsible for disappearances and deaths in a local swamp, but the local police don't believe them.

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Leo Gordon (original story), Leo Gordon (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Ken Clark ... Steve Benton
Yvette Vickers ... Liz Walker
Jan Shepard Jan Shepard ... Nan Greyson
Michael Emmet Michael Emmet ... Cal Moulton
Tyler McVey Tyler McVey ... Doc Greyson
Bruno VeSota ... Dave Walker
Gene Roth ... Sheriff Kovis
Dan White ... Porky Reed (as Daniel White)
George Cisar ... Lem Sawyer
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

Crawling horror... unleashed by the depths of hell to kill and conquer! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attack of the Blood Leeches See more »

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Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Attack of the Giant Leeches was one of a spate of "creature features" produced during the 1950s in response to cold war fears; a character in the film speculates that the leeches have been mutated to giant size by atomic radiation from nearby Cape Canaveral. See more »

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Mike wires the explosives to the detonator box and the plunger is all the way up as he walks over to Steve and the rest of the group. Steve then walks over to the detonator box to set off the charge but now the plunger is down, he has to pull up before he pushes it down to set off explosives. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lem Sawyer: [laughter] Wait a minute! Wait a minute!
Cal Moulton: Hold on. Hold on. Hold on.
Dave Walker: Just hold it a second, Lem. Liz! You hear me girl?
Liz Walker: [appears in doorway] What you want now?
Dave Walker: [referring to music] You gotta play that thing so loud...?
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Not what I was expecting, but that can be good.
8 February 2002 | by Sum FlounderSee all my reviews

My imagination ran riot when, at the age of 12, I read this movie's title in TV Guide. When it came on a few nights later, it fell a bit short of what I was anticipating (imagine my disappointment when I saw THE BEAST WITH 1,000,000 eyes!)but I did enjoy the cheap creepiness of it. The concept and its execution were pretty gruesome,if not entirely convincing, for the time. I also liked the idea of combining the "swamp trash" and monster genres. The theme music,which director Kowalski also used in NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST was genuinely eerie as were the sounds the giant leeches made. The underwater scenes also had a neat sound and look to them. There was a general ambience of dread throughout the whole film. The characters seemed to have things bad enough already,before some monsters came along to cause trouble. Thirty years later, I have this movie on video. I enjoy the sleazy subplot involving poor Bruno VeSota and his cheating(sexy)tramp of a wife(Yvette Vickers) more than I did back then. My only real complaint, now and as a 12 year old is the abrupt ending(which I won't reveal here). Oh, well. There's nothing worse than a movie that overstays its welcome.


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