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Zaat (1971)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | January 1971 (USA)
A mad scientist transforms himself into an aquatic killer.

Directors:

Don Barton, Arnold Stevens (uncredited)

Writers:

Ron Kivett (story), Lee O. Larew (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marshall Grauer Marshall Grauer ... Dr. Kurt Leopold
Wade Popwell ... The Monster
Paul Galloway Paul Galloway ... Sheriff Lou Krantz
Gerald Cruse Gerald Cruse ... Marine Biologist Rex
Sanna Ringhaver ... INPIT Agent Martha Walsh
Dave Dickerson Dave Dickerson ... INPIT Agent Walker Stevens
Rich Valliere ... Deputy Sheriff (as Archie Valliere)
Nancy Lien Nancy Lien ... Girl Camper
Russell Holcomb Russell Holcomb
Gloria Brady Gloria Brady
Del Galloway Del Galloway
Hal Nearhoof Hal Nearhoof
Jim Merrill Jim Merrill ... Boy on porch
Elizabeth Barton Elizabeth Barton ... Girl on porch
Bob Knowles Bob Knowles
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Storyline

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 <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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A creature like you've never seen before. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The orchestral music score occasionally heard during the movie is actually an old stock film score. It's been featured in such B horror films as "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" and, most curiously, a news reel segment about the Palm Sunday tornado outbreak in 1965. See more »

Goofs

In one wide shot, the creature wears tennis shoes while returning to the lab. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Leopold: The formula they all laughed at - Z sub A, A sub T... ZaAt!
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Alternate Versions

For its 1999 airing on Mystery Science Theater 3000, Zaat (shown under the title Blood Waters of Dr. Z) was heavily edited. Among the numerous scenes cut were further scenes of the INPIT agents, Dr. Leopold disposing of his victim in a vat of acid, scenes of the locals evacuating, and one bizarre scene where a band of singing hippies is taken to the jail by the Sheriff. See more »


Soundtracks

Runnin' Don't Make You Free
Written and performed by Jamie DeFrates and Barry Hodgin
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A lot of people say, "What's that?" It's Zaat.
21 January 2003 | by morocca8985See all my reviews

I can't believe how much this movie filled the depths of my inner being. I picked up a copy of this movie at a local video store, thinking it would be a good laugh, but boy, was I wrong! Marshall Grauer delivers superbly the role of the classic mad scientist, but he gives it an extra zing that I can't explain-you have to see the movie yourself. Don't let me forget Wade Popwell, whose portrayal of the Monster left me without disappointment. You can keep your "Titanic"s and your "Eegah"s; give me Zaat. I give this movie thirteen stars, on a scale of ten, for the superb cinematography, special effects, and an unbeatable supporting cast led by Paul Galloway and Gerald Cruse. Move over, "The Godfather", here comes Zaat.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attack of the Swamp Creatures See more »

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Barton Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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