In the mood for a fun monster movie? Attack of the Giant Leeches may be right up your… tentacle. There was no singing or dancing, but there was death and monsters. It starts out with a bang… literally. Swamp dude is shooting at the creature and then we cut away to the title.
The creature, err leech, ain’t so dumb. It remembers… and it kills the dude who shot at it the next day. Ooo.
Then we meet our reluctant hero, who is a game warden, sworn to protect the creatures of the swamp. He and his gal start playing tongue hockey until a gut-wrenching scream tears them apart. Our hero runs off to the rescue. Consoling the distraught female, he employs the unique, ‘hold my gun to her head’ embrace.
His gal’s dad is a scientist, who believes the creature is from space with no evidence whatsoever. He must have been an early ancient astronaut theorist. Trying to prove her father right, the hero’s gal and the hero go paddling through the swamp to find the alien ‘squid’. Things get really creepy, and she asks, “Would you like some coffee?”
The gal turns a bit psychotic. One moment she praises her man, the next she’s really pissed. For the same thing. “I hate you for not proving my father rigtht.” “Don’t go, you’ll be killed.”
Our hero warns the scientist not to use dynamite or he’ll have to arrest the scientist. So the scientist and the gal go straight out and blow up the lake. Our here then, of course, has to arrest his gal’s father.
Meanwhile, the body count is growing. Most of the people taken by the leeches weren’t nice people. So there’s nothing to feel bad about over their dying. In the end, our hero must give in and do what must be done to kill the giant leeches.
If you’ve watched enough disaster/monster movies, you should know what the answer to conquering the critter is. Oh, and the scientist concedes he was wrong. They’re not aliens. They were mutated by the proximity of NASA. Rockets use nuclear power and mutated the leeches. Not aliens at all.
This was a quick and entertaining watch. If you’re a fan of the genre, it’s quite a good one. I give it a one beer rating. You might even get by on less.