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The Leech Woman (1960)

The Leech Woman (1960)





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An uninspired horror film by Edward Dein, this ragged story begins in darkest Africa and in the even darker psyche of a mentally deteriorating woman. June Talbot (Colleen Gray) goes on a trip to Africa with her husband Dr. Paul Talbot (Phillip Terry), only to discover that she is to be the trial balloon in one of his experiments on an anti-aging compound. Not willing to jump off into the unknown, the already unbalanced June kills her husband after she learns of a tribal ritual that will keep her youthful if she can obtain a hormone from the pineal gland of a human male. The problem is that she will revert back to a wrinkled woman unless she keeps replenishing her stock of the hormone. That, of course, leads to gruesome killings and ultimately, one disastrous mistake.


Coleen Gray
as June Talbot
Philip Terry
as Dr. Paul Talbot
Grant Williams
as Neil Foster
Phillip Terry
as Dr. Paul Talbot
John Van Dreelen
as Bertram Garvay
Estelle Hemsley
as Old Malla
Kim Hamilton
as Young Malla
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Critic Reviews for The Leech Woman

All Critics (1)

Despite being 56 years old, and obviously of its time in a number of respects (the portrayal of the African tribesmen is vintage Hollywood), The Leech Woman is equally light years ahead in others.

Full Review… | May 23, 2016

Audience Reviews for The Leech Woman


Uninteresting plot that doesn't really go anywhere. The title is rather misleading, or at least, it makes you expect something else.. The characters are stale, there's a ton of stock footage, and it gets pretty predictable. There are some nice qualities to the plot, but it's still pretty rubbish.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

There's something fun about it, even though the whole premise is pretty awful on all accounts. There's really no character in the movie to like; they're all snaky.

Christy Perry
Christy Perry

A super cheesy but interesting little entry in the 50s sci-fi/horror canon. An excoriating examination of the cult of youth surrounding women as opposed to men. One of those 50s sci-fi films in which all of the characters are horrible in some way or another: sexists, drunks, murderers, adulterers, etc. If they are not one of those things, they are simply lame victims. A sci-fi/horror/adventure in the jungle opening develops into a strange black wido type tale. Certainly not a classic but sitll enjoyable for fans of the genre.

Al Miller
Al Miller

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