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The timeless fun of a bad movie that is fun to watch for the opportunity to hoot and laugh
on 4 May 2015
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.