Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

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3.0 Overall Score
Story: 3/10
Acting: 3/10
Visuals: 2/10

Leeches capture & eat later plan

Pretty much everything

Movie Info

Movie Name: Attack of the Giant Leeches

Studio: American International Pictures

Genre(s): Horror/B-Movie

Release Date(s): October 1959

MPAA Rating: Unrated

 

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Oh no! A rubber monster is attacking me!

People living in the Florida swamps begin to disappear under mysterious circumstances.  When bodies begin to show up without blood and Dave Walker (Bruno VeSota) witnesses his wife Liz Walker (Yvette Vickers) and her lover taken by a creature, a game warden named Steve Benton (Ken Clark) is called in to investigate the attacks.  Steve finds something is lurking in the swamp and with the help of his girlfriend Nan Grayson (Jan Sheppard) and her father Doc Grayson (Tyler McVey) set out to stop the attacks.

Attack of the Giant Leeches, like many low budget B-Movies of the ‘50s, went by a lot of names over the years.  Sometimes it was called Attack of the Blood Leeches, Demons of the Swamp, She Demons of the Swamp, or just playing old The Giant Leeches.

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It was directed by Bernard L. Kowalski and weakly plays on cold war nuclear fears by mentioning off hand that the “giant leeches” could be a result of fallout from NASA’s nearby Cape Canaveral.  This is mentioned so low key that it seems like the writer just saw there was a lot of movies using nuclear energy as the enemy that he could use it to explain the randomness of giant size leeches in a poorly constructed swamp.

The leeches are typical B-Movie fodder since they are just men in cheap rubber suits but the idea that they hold their prey until they need to feed is kind of cool.  It also is pretty strange in the movie that they develop the characters being held but they die.

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Worst…hickey….ever!

The movie is in the public domain and lampooned by Mystery Science Theater 3000 in season 6 episode 5 (MST3K #5.6), but recently has resurfaced due to the strange of Yvette Vickers.  Vickers was found dead in her home and police suspect she was dead for over a year before being discovered.  When Attack of the Giant Leeches came out, Vickers had just appeared in the July 1959 issue of Playboy and previously had appeared in Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman.

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