Attack of the Giant Leeches
Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)
Title: Attack of the Giant Leeches
Genres: Sci-fi
Directed by: Bernard L. Kowalski
Written by: Leo Gordon
Produced by: Roger Corman
Gene Corman
Music by: Alexander Laszlo
Cinematography: John M. Nickolaus, Jr.
Edited by: Carlo Lodato
Distributed by: American International Pictures
Released: October, 1959
Rating: Unrated
Running time: 62 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $70,000

Attack of the Giant Leeches is an American science fiction/horror film directed by Bernard L. Kowalski and produced by Roger Corman. It was released theatrically and in drive-ins in October, 1959. Produced on a budget of only $70,000, it is considered a b-movie and one of dozens of such features filmed during the 1950s as a response to Cold War paranoia. The setting of the film takes place in the Florida Everglades and begins with a trapper named Lem Sawyer who spots a giant leech that has been living in an underwater grotto. Soon after, nearby townspeople begin disappearing, their bodies eventually turning up with large sucker wounds all over them. Game Warden Steve Benton investigates the occurances and learns about the race of giant, mutated leeches living in the caves.

Plot Edit

A race of oversized leeches are discovered living in a cavern in the Florida Everglades. The origin of this mutated breed of creature is unknown, but they sustain themselves by attacking locals and bringing them back to the caves where they slowly drain them of blood until they are dead. These attacks attract the attention of game warden Steve Benton, who enlists the aid of Florida State troopers to track the leeches back to their lair and destroy the cave with dynamite explosives.

Cast Edit

Actor Role
Ken Clark Steve Benton
Yvette Vickers Liz Walker
Jan Shepard Nan Greyson
Michael Emmet Cal Moulton
Tyler McVey Doc Greyson
Bruno VeSota Dave Walker
Gene Roth Sheriff Kovis
Daniel White Slim Reed
George Cisar Lem Sawyer
Guy Buccola Giant leech
Joseph Hamilton Old Sam Peters
Ross Sturlin Giant leech

Notes Edit

  • Attack of the Giant Leeches is in the public domain.
  • The tagline for this film is, "Massive Blood Sucking Monsters!"
  • Released in the UK under the title Demons of the Swamp.
  • US promotional title for this film is The Giant Leeches.
  • The film was remade in 2008.
  • Attack of the Giant Leeches was featured as a season four episode of the movie-mocking television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 in July, 1992. It's included on the Mystery Science Theater 3000, Volume 6 DVD collection, along with Gunslinger, Mr. B's Lost Shorts and Teenagers from Outer Space.
  • Guy Buccola and Ross Sturlin, who played the giant leeches, wore thin, plastic sack suits and used SCUBA equipment for their underwater scenes. In some instances, their SCUBA tanks are clearly visible.

Recommendations Edit

1950s Sci-Fi

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Keywords Edit

Boat | Canoe | Giant animal | Leech | Smoking | Swamp