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Leeches! (2003)

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Common-type aquatic leeches grow to large size after feeding on steroid-laced blood of a number of college endurance swimmers, and then the nasty creatures lay siege to the entire campus for more.


David DeCoteau


Michael Gingold (screenplay), Michael Gingold (story) | 2 more credits »



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Cast overview:
Matthew Twining Matthew Twining ... Stevo
Josh Henderson ... Jason
Stacey Nelson Stacey Nelson ... Casey
Alexandra Westmore Alexandra Westmore ... Sarah
Michael Lutz ... Spencer
Tony Carroccio Tony Carroccio ... Coach Foster
Charity Rahmer Charity Rahmer ... Sabrina
Maya Parish Maya Parish ... Angela
Stephen Swan Stephen Swan ... Tony
Greg Lyczkowski Greg Lyczkowski ... Fish
Mark Ian Miller Mark Ian Miller ... Hank (as Mark I. Miller)
Trevor Harris Trevor Harris ... Doug
Julie Briggs Julie Briggs ... Dr. Alice Manning
Tyler Sedustine ... Student
Mike Cole Mike Cole ... Brian


Common-type aquatic leeches grow to large size after feeding on steroid-laced blood of a number of college endurance swimmers, and then the nasty creatures lay siege to the entire campus for more.

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They Will Bleed You Dry ...

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and drug content

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Release Date:

19 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

H20 - Bagno di sangue See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Trevor Harris is listed in the credits as playing "Doug" but since he's never referred to in dialog by that name, he may be hard to spot. Doug is the young man who comes into the locker room for a late shower. The irritated Coach tells him to make it fast because he wants to lock up. In the shower, Doug trips, falls, knocks himself out, and is attacked by leeches, one of which enters his mouth. Later, Doug stumbles into his dorm room, obviously in distress, and vomits a leech into the sink. See more »


When Fish is being attacked in the shower scene, it can briefly be seen that he is wearing underwear while showering. See more »


Stevo: Let's focus on the meet.
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A Cut (Bite?) Above Other Low-Budget Creature Features!

LEECHES! (love that retro exclamation point! :-) turns what could have been another low-budget schlock horror flick into good creepy unpretentious fun, thanks to the witty, twisty script by Michael Gingold (of FANGORIA Magazine fame) and the stylish direction of David DeCoteau. The scaly-scary leech puppets are well-done considering the tight F/X budget, and the swim team angle provides a nice excuse to watch the cast of hotties writhe around in as little clothing as possible -- *yum!* ;-) Gingold freshens the Nature Goes Nuts plot by making the leeches' deadly transformation the result of sucking on the swimmers' steroid-rich blood -- so you see, LEECHES! is not only an effective horror film, it provides a strong subtext about the dangers of relying on steroids to enhance athletic performance, not to mention swimming in unknown waters! :-) The leech-attack set pieces were staged suspensefully and inventively (I won't go into detail because I don't want to spoil any surprises). My only complaint is the strobe-light-style transitions; I suspect director DeCoteau might have been trying to emulate the lightning motif he's used in previous movies (listen to his commentary on the DVD for more details), but I'm afraid I found these flashing transitions migraine-inducing (I'm not being snarky -- I am in fact a migraine sufferer). Luckily, these are only a very small part of this otherwise enjoyable popcorn flick; it's a fun rental for a lazy afternoon or night of horror movie-watching!

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