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Leech Woman

1 rating: -3.0
A movie directed by Edward Dein

After traveling to Africa a woman learns the secret of eternal youth - unfortunately it entails regularly sacrificing young men.

Director: Edward Dein
Release Date: 1959
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Leech Woman

Leech Woman ~ this was not pretty

  • Dec 18, 2000
Pros: let it go, sometimes you just can't go there

Cons: The movie, just leave it at that

Now this was a treat! Take an older woman with money and marry her off to a bozo scientist trying to discover the secret of youth regeneration. What do you get? Trouble - every time.

Released in 1960, it is a sorry black and white film, sorry being the operative word here. Frankly I didn't think the woman, Coleen Gray, looked that bad - until she started using the drugs she pilfered from some ancient tribe in Africa. After that started, every time she reverted back from her youthful self she looked worse and worse. Delightful make up crafting!

Her husband, Phillip Terry, was an ass of the highest order. Frankly what happened to him was deserving, and I think every one got a kick out of it! He was your typical male chauvinist pig, alluding to his wife as the ‘old lady' and for once meaning it in age not just a figure of speech. Of course he married her for her money only, but then wanted to use her for his experiments in youth regeneration, since she was so ancient. Posh to him, I say!

This got a little confusing to me because of the names. The damning doctor's name was Paul Talbot and his wife, June. However, the attorney's girlfriend was called Sally, but she was played by Gloria Talbot! Too much Talbotizing for me (you know, the Wolf Man's name was Talbot, it must have been the rage in Hollywood at that time).

Anyway, after being visited by Old Malla (Estelle Hemsely), a woman purported to be 158 years old, the doctor loads up his alcoholic wife June and makes his way to Africa to get his hands on the drugs that will add in age regression. As a fitting end, he becomes the experiment, at the hands of his crone of a wife, good for her!

June pilfers, with the help of a guide, some of the drugs and returns stateside, but in her alter ego state as a young and vibrant woman, and the destruction begins.

Other than the remarkable makeup I wasn't impressed at all with this production. The scenes in Africa were pure bunk - where DO they get these so called tribes people they use in these old movies? They generally look like whites in black-face makeup. I know there are enough decent black actors to play these parts, even back in 1960. It was an embarrassment to watch these miserable actors pretend they were tribesmen.

The dialogue was atrocious and the acting hurt to watch. Maybe it is just me, but I am finding that most of the American movies made during this time era are pretty bad. Written by David Duncan, director Edward Dein. Don't bother.


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