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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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Cast

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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An Unknown HORROR..An Unknown DEATH.. 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

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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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Leeches take no prisoners
25 October 2004 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

Another of the many giant creature movies from the '50's, this one being somewhere in the middle of the bunch. This time, it's swamp hicks who are being menaced by leeches. Not just leeches, but big, mean leeches! I tell you, it's a load of cheese from beginning to end, but this is what one would expect from a genre movie of this era. It's a movie that leaves you asking, "why don't the fools just get a pound of salt and waste 'em?" Anyway, it's an OK effort with some decent acting. But those leeches, oh boy! The monsters are strictly tongue-in-cheek! So, B-movie fans should love this one, it's a wonder it took four years for this movie to make it to Mystery Science Theater 3000. In any event, proceed with caution into the boggy swamps of schlock.

** out of ****


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