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The Leech Woman [VHS]

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  • Actors: Coleen Gray, Grant Williams, Phillip Terry, Gloria Talbott, John Van Dreelen
  • Directors: Edward Dein
  • Writers: Ben Pivar, David Duncan, Francis Rosenwald
  • Producers: Joseph Gershenson
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios Ho
  • VHS Release Date: April 8, 1997
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303046495
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,137 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

An aging woman goes to Africa and discovers a secret for obtaining youth with disastrous consequences.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The jonquil on January 15, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
With a title like this, what would you expect? Please don't take it too seriously. It's just a real good "B" melodrama typical of the l950's. A rejuvenation secret prompts a desperate quest into darkest Africa to find a bizarre youth serum and something else...The realities and hurt of a bitter love story and the perils and unfairness of aging are presented in an entertaining few minutes. The old African lady, played to the hilt by Estelle Hemley,declares, "You are the one in my dreams of blood." And she delivers under the most horrendous circumstances. Take it for the fun of it.The star, Colleen Gray, is exceptionally good in a most unattractive and beautiful role, and this fine veteran actress delivers it with sympathy and great energy. No small feat.All women should cheer; there is substance here.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By 005 on June 19, 2003
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Instead of remaking good movies, Hollywood really needs to take B-movies that are filled with great ideas but fail to live up to their potential because of time and money. There's just a goldmine of movies out there waiting to be tapped, and THE LEECH WOMAN is one such movie. Think about it. With the advent of the usually anorexic supermodels, this movie seems to apply to our society now more than ever. LEECH WOMAN could've made for some dead-on social commentary, and to a certain extent, it does. All of the characters, however, become completely unlikable, taking away from its impact. Instead, the message comes out as "Everyone is a scumbag or psychotic." The relationships between the two couples (doctor and Leech Woman, their layer and his girlfriend) aren't fleshed out enough, so you don't really see how the two women are driven to violence. I mean, it's easy enough when you see how they are treated to sympathize with them, but their reactions are too extreme and absolutely unnecessary, which makes them look psychotic. And of course, all of the men in this movie are scumbags. The movie does hit the right beats on occasion, and it certainly is memorable (e.g., the pineal ring). In short, a great premise turned into a depressing movie due to missed potential and likable characters made so unlikable then given pretty terrible fates.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1999
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A good 50's thriller, a great movie for those who love old thrillers or "B" movies. The effects aren't very good, but hey, it's the 50's! The acting isn't half bad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By carolynsd on November 27, 2006
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those of us who grew up watching these grade-b horror flicks from the 50's can appreciate this one for its uniqueness, and really not so bad acting. it does have some social commentary, and the exotic locale--whether stock footage or not--lends a great deal of creepiness to the whole experience. no, folks, it aint gone with the wind, but for a grade-b horror flick from 1960, it is one of the very best----ever!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 1999
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This is the type of movie that was never meant to be big, unless by big, you mean big dud. Though I must confess, my friends and I absolutely love to make fun of this video by making commentaries through-out the movie. Don't watch the movie with seriousness. It's one of those movies that is made to make fun of. I give my own commentaries to the movie five stars. Perhaps you can do better...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 1960Fury on October 11, 2011
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This highly under-rated film is one of my old favorites, an item which turned up on TV horror host shows in the 1970s. It's interesting for several reasons:

"The Leech Woman" was absolutely the last of the horror films of old Universal or Universal-International. After a string of popular '50s films like "Creature From the Black Lagoon," "This Island Earth" and many others, the sci-fi/horror cycle was perceived as over by 1960.

The film features an outstanding performance by Colleen Gray, who was an ingenue in the 1940s and continued acting into the 1970s. Ms. Gray was expert and playing either sympathetic or bitchy types and she combines both aspects in her role here. Another 1940s veteran, Phillip Terry (Joan Crawford's ex), plays her rotten, heartless hubby. Few actors can pull this off without being either scary or laughable. Gray and Terry's hilariously mean-spirited scenes together are clearly played for tongue in cheek fun and both skillfully avoid overdoing it.

Estelle Hemsley as "Old Malla", Gloria Talbott as the nurse and Grant Williams as the lawyer each turn in excellent performances as well. There are other pleasures, including scenes filmed in a gorgeous and rare 1958/59 Chrysler convertible.

High point: Artificially aged June must make herself young and gorgeous again for her big date with her lawyer boyfriend. Needing a pineal donor, she puts on her best furs & jewels, then goes slumming in search of a gigolo. She finds one (Arthur Batanides) and goes for a drive with him, knowing he'll try to rob her or worse. Their dialogue, as he ogles her expensive accessories and prepares to kill her, is absolutely priceless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2012
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I actually watch this on DVD as part of a set. They must have remasterd the film as it is not scratchy or blurry. Parts of the film are really steamy in more ways than one.

Dr. Paul Talbot (Phillip Terry) is working on an anti-aging formula. On the side he wants to dump his older aging wife (Coleen Gray.) That is until he needs her to help with his experiment.

We get an African experience of the jungle Jim type. Wild animals, lots of dancing, and many secrets. Looks like they may become native-chow.

By the way Gloria Talbott plays doctor's assistant. You cannot miss her from 26 films and 81 T.V. appearances. I remember her best in "Perry Mason" (1957 TV series).

I Married a Monster From Outer Space
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