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Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

Ken Clark , Yvette Vickers , Bernard L. Kowalski  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ken Clark, Yvette Vickers, Jan Shepard, Michael Emmet, Tyler McVey
  • Directors: Bernard L. Kowalski
  • Writers: Leo Gordon
  • Producers: Gene Corman, Roger Corman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006II55
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,202 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Attack of the Giant Leeches" on IMDb

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Ken Clark, Yvette Vickers. Humongous blood-sucking leeches want the blood of anything-or anyone-who comes near! 1959/b&w/62 min/NR.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hokey enough to love March 15, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of those movies that are so terrible that you have alot of fun watching it and making fun of it. The swamp natives are stereotypically ignorant backwater white trash, and the leading lady is ever so stereotypically ready to faint and hide her face at every scene, and always leaves the dreadful work up to the big strong men. That and make coffee ofcourse. She always was making coffee for the men. The acting is beautifully sub-par and almost seems as if it was shot while they were rehearsing their lines (except for the believeable character of the sheriff). You'll marvel at the scientific dialogue of the "doctor" and his theories of the leeches origin (hokey fourth grade science that is, almost as bad as the movie where the locals needed "SODIUM...WE NEED SODIUM! ") You'll cheer when the giant leeches attack the bad people, and love every leech sighting. This video edition is in terrible shape and is so dirty it's too dark to make out at times (usually the thick swamps)...but that's why it's so cheaply priced. I highly recommend this for camp movie buffs, and especially for B sci-fi lovers like myself. It's a gem. You know you want it, or you wouldn't have found it on Amazon...I mean...how many people go and search for "Attack of the Giant Leeches" unless they liked movies like that in the first place? Thoroughly enjoyable.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leeches? What Leeches?? October 1, 2004
Format:DVD
OK, so there are some goofy hillbilly types running around the swamp, getting bled dry by gigantic leeches. Yes, the leeches are grown men wearing plastic trash bags. The hero is a living Ken doll. So what?! The ONLY reason to watch this flick is to see Yvette Vickers (Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman) in her underwear! She dances! She prances! She applies body-lotion! She parades about like the free-spirit she is! Hallelujah! I remember seeing her in this movie 33 years ago. I was 9 years old. I never forgot her! Buy this movie now...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I Love the Leeches! October 1, 2007
Format:DVD
I am as unoriginal as the other reviewers of this movie. Playboy Playmate Yvette Vickers (July 1959) is certainly one reason to watch this movie. Actually, I watched the movie for the articles. Oh, wait. This is a movie, not a magazine. Forget what I just said. Yvette was certainly a lovely young lady in this movie (she is older than my mother, meaning she is a grandmother now), but the star attraction is the rubbery-looking leeches that look about as menacing as Barney the Dinosaur. Well, Barney may be more threatening. Anyway, the leeches are a lot of fun and this movie has some moments of genuine tension.

Our story takes place in a swamp (where else would you find giant leeches?). There is a subplot involving a good-looking babe (Vickers) and her boyfriend and her hulkish husband. Forget all that nonsense and fast forward to the leeches practically leaping out of the water to capture the people who foolishly go into the water. Okay, maybe the leeches did not exactly LEAP, but they did float in a sinister fashion, slowly, I might add, and then pulled their victims under to be stored in a cave for leisurely blood sucking.

Nearly everyone else in this movie is clueless as to what is happening until almost the final minutes of the movie, when it suddenly becomes evident that GIANT LEECHES HAVE KIDNAPPED A BUNCH OF PEOPLE AND ARE SUCKING THEIR BLOOD OUT IN A CAVE. Had these people only read the title of the movie they might have had a clue earlier.

This movie could be another Roger Corman film that has so much schlock that it begs to be put out of its misery. However, with the exception of the lust...er...love story, this movie is played like a straight horror movie and turns out to be reasonably enjoyable.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time classic 1950's sci-fi stupidity August 31, 2005
Format:DVD
It must have been great to live in the 1950's. All you had to really worry about was communists and radiation. The communists were evil soulless people who wanted to take over the Earth with a fleet of Sputniks, and radiation turned any animal into a giant killer.

So goes Attack of the Giant Leeches. Underwater monsters that kill without warning from the swampy deep. Apparantly they have an underwater cavern under the swamp where they take their victims to feed on them later. The leeches themselves are a marvel of 1950's technology. They look more like starfish than leeches. Actually they look like men wearing large, unformed rubber suits. Our hero ends up blowing the swamp with dynamite. Of course he doesn't want to, he's an environmentalist (they had those in the 50's). Before he blows the swamp to hell though, he must show his physique and skin dive for a good ten minutes, giving female viewers a thrill. But to no avail, fighting leeches with spearguns is futile.

Now lets get to why anyone would really watch this movie...drum roll please......Yvette Vickers. Oh she is hotter than a firecracker this one. Beautiful legs, face, and a killer bod that she doesn't mind showing off at all. She's Betty Page and Mamie Van Doren rolled up into one. Look how beautiful as she runs through the swamp. She's all wet and she's breathing hard which accentuates her beautiful bosom. Is she running from leeches? No, from her jealous fat husband with a shotgun. How's that for asubplot? Check this movie out, you can't beat the price.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... of the Giant Leeches A film that is so bad that its good I like...
Attack of the Giant Leeches A film that is so bad that its good I like old B (c d e f g) what ever, movies the cast may have been seen in many of the B type drive in movies (my age... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Richard A Weddle
5.0 out of 5 stars good old movie
this was for my husband who dearly loves the old movies,it was great for him.Thank you very much
Published 1 month ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars GIANT LEECHES!
Childhood favorite. Love the old campy horror movies from childhood. Predictable when hubby is in the water with his gun.
Published 5 months ago by KS
3.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the Giant Leeches
Now this is what I'm talking about. When I think "Classic Horror", I think of stuff like the 1959 cheesefest ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES. Read more
Published on August 3, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars In Another Life . . .
I'm surprised Bruno the storekeeper/cuckolded husband lasted almost the entire length of the movie; he looks like he should have keeled over from the sauna-like weather down there... Read more
Published on May 21, 2012 by Fay Wray
4.0 out of 5 stars lg. leeches (dudes in heftly bags) corman style
action scenes: man shoots @ leech @ night on shore & gets it later but unshown how, a couple get it after being chased into swamp via upset spouse, 2 gator hunters get it from... Read more
Published on January 23, 2012 by John Lemoine
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE YOU LIZ BABY
When I saw Roger Corman as the executive producer, I had to see this. The movie had his fingerprints all over it. Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by The Movie Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, familiar and needs to be colorized.
Actually, this is a pretty good movie...as far as bad movies go. The primary lead, Ken Clark, had one of the better rolls in South Pacific. Read more
Published on November 1, 2011 by Roger Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Very Good, Cheaply Made Movies From the Corman Factory
I have always been a fan of 'Attack of the Giant Leeches' with the (sadly departed) Yvette Vickers and two very unbelievable giant leeches. Read more
Published on May 25, 2011 by Wes Saylors Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars The timeless fun of a bad movie that is fun to watch for the...
When I was young at 10:30 on Saturday evenings the local television station played their weekly "creature feature. Read more
Published on March 17, 2011 by Charles Ashbacher
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