Friday, May 8, 2009

Movie Review: Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

Attack Of The Giant Leeches
ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES - Roger Corman Horror - Cover Image

Written by Leo Gordon
Directed by Bernard L. Kowalski
Produced by Gene & Roger Corman

Ken Clark .... Steve Benton
Jan Shepard .... Nan Greyson
Tyler McVey .... Doc Greyson
Yvette Vickers .... Liz Walker
Michael Emmet .... Cal Moulton
Gene Roth .... Sheriff Kovis

A moonshine-slurping farmer stumbles upon a monstrous “critter” along the shoreline of a swamp and shoots it with his trusty shotgun. It falls into the water and sinks back to the bottom of the swamp. When he recounts the story to his buddies, they only laugh at him in disbelief but when the farmer is found dead by Steve, a ranger who patrols the swamp, it seems perhaps there was a bit of truth to his tale after all.

The town doctor examines the farmer's body and notices that it has peculiar marks on it, like those the suction cups of an octopus or squid might leave behind. But there's no saltwater for miles…so it must be something else.

More and more locals wind up missing or dead, and so after multiple unsuccessful attempts to locate the culprits, Steve dons scuba gear and hunts them out for some hand-to-hand combat while half the town watches safely from the sidelines.

ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES - Roger Corman Horror - Man Vs. Leech

Unlike most 50's/60's horror films that don't show you the monster until the final reel, this one shows you the monster before the opening credits even begin to roll! And what creatures they are! As is to be expected, the giant leeches are obviously men in poorly constructed rubber suits that barely cover the oxygen tanks strapped to the actors' backs.

The print is scratched and worn in a few places but for the most part quite clear, and despite the shortcomings of the special effects, Attack Of The Giant Leeches remains a fun piece of late-night drive-in cheese.

Come on in…the water's fine.

62 minutes 
Black & White 
United States 


1 comment:

  1. Ive never looked at men dressed in giant black plastic trashbags again!


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