Trailer Trash #3: Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

Don’t you just love trashy trailers for 1950s B-movies? There’s the droll ham radio voices; the screaming damsels; and the inappropriately OTT music scores… what’s not to love?! Well, the movies themselves, obviously, but hey, you can’t have everything. It’s very difficult to watch a B-movie trailer without getting a whiff of Ed Wood, but this sort of schlock is always great for a giggle.

Let’s put the spotlight on cult horror flick, Attack of the Giant Leeches, which has a stupendously trashy trailer which I defy anyone not to find hysterically funny. It starred actress Yvette Vickers (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman) a lady whose mummified remains were discovered at her home recently, leading some to speculate that her body may have lain undiscovered for a year. Crikey. How unpleasant is that?

Directed by Bernard L. Kowalski, Attack of the Giant Leaches is a Cold War-era relic which tells the tale of mutant leeches in the Florida Everglades who enjoy killing humans. Not only this, but as the voiceover glibly says: “And then, it brings them back to life, to gratify their distorted desires.” Did I hear that correctly? Does that mean people get raped by leeches in this film? Hmm… FEAR WILL PIERCE YOUR FLESH. Read into that what you will. Enjoy.

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