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Bucket of Blood & Attack of the Giants Leeches [DVD] [1959] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N8AU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,509 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 May 2010
Format: DVD
The story takes place in a Florida swamp near Cape Canaveral where those atomic payloads keep falling. A swamp hunter comes back from the swamp with the tale of a strange creature that took four slugs from his mighty gun to dispatch. However he brings back no proof. That night wayward wife Liz (Yvette Vickers) just happens to be wandering around in the swamp when she spots is very same hunter that appears to have been leehcie- aided. Even though the Hunter really never touched a wayward wife the local authorities don't believe in giant leeches so they attributed his death to misadventure. It is not until several other people seem to be disappearing under the same mysterious circumstances that the authorities are finally starting to get curious.

Fat slob Dave (Bruno VeSota) catches his wife Liz on the very edge of the swamp fooling around with his best friend Cal (Michael Emmet). So Dave scares them off into the swamp with a shotgun. And you guessed it. They too become leehcie- aided.

Against the advice of the local game warden (Ken Clark) the local Doc Greyson (Tyler McVey) decides to use dynamite to sort this out. What will he find?

Mean time through the whole movie Liz Walker (Yvette Vickers) keeps hanging around near the leeches and you just know she needs to be eaten or at least sucked.

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By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
When I saw Roger Corman as the executive producer, I had to see this. The movie had his fingerprints all over it. A great cheesy production with drama, poachers, infidelity, jazz records, fat hicks, dashing leading men, and of course giant leeches. Yvette Vickers stars once again as a sleazy woman who likes to dress scantily in front of her husband's buddies and listen to loud jazz. Of course Yvette and her swamp lover Michael Emmet can't run faster than the obese Bruno VeSota can walk.
Ken Clark plays the game warden who answers his door exposing his blond hairy chest. The leeches look like men in cheap rubber suits. They keep their prey alive in a cavern and suck blood from them from time to time.

Bad acting and bad script. Great entertainment.
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Format: DVD
When I was young at 10:30 on Saturday evenings the local television station played their weekly "creature feature." The show was always a grade B horror movie and this one is within that niche. In fact, I remember watching it decades ago, the movie being memorable for the absurdity of the costumes of the man-sized leeches.
The setting is the swamps of the southeastern United States and many of the main characters are clad in bib overalls and talk like local country folk. As a recent political commercial demonstrated, there is nothing more phony sounding than professional actors trying to portray simple local folk. Their dialogue sounds artificial and some of the situations are right out of the book of clichés to be avoided. There is a young southern woman that is straying from her overweight husband and she shows as much female skin as was tolerated when the movie was made. The hero of the story is the local game warden, a man of honor that upholds the law, even when it is contrary to his love interests. He also shows as much skin as the law allowed at the time.
For reasons that are logically challenged, the giant leeches are suddenly hungry for human blood and begin attacking humans. However, they are also clever enough to capture some so that they can engage in regular mealtimes. With the help of dogs and volunteers, the game warden is able to track the leeches to their local swamp and rescue the last remaining prisoner of the leeches, quite naturally the voluptuous woman.
As is expected in movies like this, the acting is poor and the quality of the story even worse. However, back when they were made the entertainment expectations were much lower, so they were suitable for the late-night "watched in bed" movie on television. Now, these movies are largely watched for nostalgia and to hoot at when the monster makes an appearance. That type of fun is timeless.
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Format: DVD
Three features and a collection of shorts in volume six.

Joel's next-to-last episode before leaving the show, and MST3K's second western in a row (after THE PAINTED HILLS), GUNSLINGER (1956) is Roger Corman's version of Johnny Guitar [DVD]. The difference is that JOHNNY's director, Nicholas Ray, was an artist who often directed hackwork; Corman was a hack. Thus, while both films are centered on epic duels between two powerful women, one is a sexually ambiguous mashup of the western and the gothic romance, while the other is the very silly story of a love triangle between a cold-blooded lady marshal, the town's saloon keeper/crime boss, and a sentimental hitman in love with them both.

Shot in seven days, an unusually long time for a Corman film, GUNSLINGER is ripe for mockery, but the riffing can't quite overcome the movie's sheer tedium: endless exposition, multiple subplots, murky sound, sets (and editing) that have characters warping time and space, and one-dimensional characters too blank to care about. The SoL crew did the best they could with westerns, but after LAST OF THE WILD HORSES, they never tried another one. Is the genre just inherently unfunny?

More Corman, this time as co-producer of 1959's ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES, memorable for scantily-clad swamp trollop Yvette Vickers, and nothing else. It's one of the funniest creature features from the Joel era.
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