“I’m goin’ out. Maybe I’ll be back, and maybe I won’t!”
Giant mutant leeches emerge from the swamps of Florida and imprison the local townspeople in their underwater cave.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Deep South
- Mutant Monsters
- Science Fiction
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary points out, this “sweaty sci-fi” Roger Corman production — taking place in a “southern swamp where super-intelligent giant leeches snatch up unlucky passersby, hang them in their camp lair, still alive, and drain their blood when thirsty” — is “like an early Russ Meyer potboiler (Lorna, Mud Honey) with horror elements.” He points out that “luscious Yvette Vickers” is “sex personified as a trampy married woman” and the film is “worth seeing for her alone”, but it “has other things going for it as well”. He argues that while it is a bit gruesome, it’s also gritty, enjoyably lurid, and creepy”, and is directed with “flair” by Bernard Kowalski. While the production values are low (of course) and the leech costumes ridiculous, this remains an enjoyably campy, “unfairly neglected” B-movie with a “devoted following” and is worth a one-time look.
- Yvette Vickers as the sexy backwoods trophy wife
Yes, simply for its status as a cult “bad movie” favorite.