Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959) [COMMENTARY]

Attack of the Giant Leeches
DIRECTOR: Bernard L. Kowalski
STARRING: Ken Clark, Yvette Vickers, Jan Shepherd

This mess, known alternatively as The Giant Leeches, should be ashamed of itself for being created in 1959. This is because Attack of the Giant Leeches is a truly terrible piece of work with, as far as I can tell, no redeeming features whatsoever. It’s hard to believe that this laughably awful dross has anything to do with the legendary Roger Corman, but it does.  However, it does make The Amazing Mr. X look like a work of genius.

From Wikipedia:

In the Florida Everglades, a pair of larger-than-human, intelligent leeches live in an underwater cave. They begin dragging locals down to their cave, where they slowly feed on them, draining their victims of blood. [As a result], game warden Steve Benton (Clark) sets out to investigate.

I honestly believe that there’s absolutely nothing to like about Attack of the Giant Leeches.  While The Amazing Mr. X had some good acting and fun scenes, this doesn’t even have a single likeable character.  Not only that, but its look is an absolute insult to your eyes.  It’s either so dark that people are just shadows or so uninspired I might as well be watching the wall.  This isn’t a product of its time either, just of bad direction.

Of course, money was the only real object behind this b-movie.  With that in mind it’s not even an enjoyable popcorn flick.  Despicable human beings make up almost the whole cast.  Consequently, the leeches end up coming out as the most sympathetic characters.  Even they make very little, if any, impression on the screen.  Without being facetious, I think I can honestly say that the sparse title sequence was the most enjoyable scene.  I sincerely hope that this isn’t indicative of most public domain movies, and that my third commentary will be on something as endearing as The Amazing Mr. X.

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