Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Julie Briggs (II), Tony Carroccio, Mike Cole, Trevor Harris, Josh Henderson
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Platinum Disc Llc Release Date: 02/28/2006 Run time: 85 minutes Rating: R
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Traditional Horror from a Contemporary Viewpoint
interested_observer | San Francisco, CA USA | 09/28/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"?Leeches? is a horror movie of superleeches attacking and largely wiping out the Lakecrest College men?s swim team.Swimmer Stevo Robbins (played by Matt Twining of ?The Frightening?) pushes steroids onto many other team members, partly to help the team win its competitions. Jason (played by Josh Henderson), Tony (played by Stephen Swan), Hank (played by Mark I. Miller), and Fish (played by Greg Lyczkowski) have all received drugs from Stevo. One day the team swims and parties at a lake. Stevo and Jason run back to the showers while carrying rather large leeches on their backs. The guys pluck off the steroid-engorged leeches and toss them onto the shower floor. Later, Tony kicks these leeches down a drainpipe, where they grow bigger and meaner. The first leech attack is on an incapacitated showerer, Doug (played by Trevor Harris), who gets a mouthful. Doug goes home, vomits up a huge leech (the best effect of the movie), and dies. The leech goes on to the next victim, Brian (played by Mike Cole). The superleeches multiply and are soon all over the campus.In general, the women are the consciences of the group. Girlfriends Sarah (played by Alexandra Westmore), Sabrina (played by Charity Rahmer), Casey (played by Stacey Nelson), and Angela (played by Maya Parish) resist the take-drugs-to-win positions of the men. Dr. Alice Manning (played by Julie Briggs) finds steroids in the blood of a dead swimmer and wants to test the whole team, but she doesn?t live long enough. Sarah is especially brave about touching leeches and their slime.The other counterpoint is science student/swimmer Steve (played by Michael Lutz) and his study-buddy (played by Tyler Sedustine). They hit the books while the others party.Of the fifteen credited characters appearing onscreen, twelve die over the course of this 85 minute movie. That?s once every seven minutes, which suggests there is a lot of action but not a lot of character development. The early kills are people we hardly know. The later the kill, the more we tend to know and not respect the character. There is a surprise at the end.At a higher level, the movie portrays the bad side effects of tinkering with our bodies and of putting the wrong chemicals out into nature. Booze and steroids figure in the ends of most. Steroids make the leeches larger and more aggressive. Being a studious scholar-athlete is not a complete answer either, as will be made clear.At a lower level, the movie displays male skin galore in swimming, bondage, and sleeping situations. The girlfriends go no further than brief bikini shots at the lake. All the men, other than the study-buddy and Coach Foster (played by Tony Carroccio) have lots of time in their swim suits. There is no [alternative]angle; all relationships are straight.Producer/Director David DeCoteau has created a rather good movie, much improved over Brotherhood III. The camerawork, lighting, and pacing are excellent. The leeches are acceptable, although some unnaturalness of motion is apparent. The acting is average overall, although I liked Matt Twining?s Stevo, Julie Briggs?s Doctor Alice Manning, and Alexandra Westmore?s Sarah a bit more than the rest. The director?s commentary is very good, filled with interesting points. There are various plot holes, but these come with the genre.There are very few naturalistic horror films with lots of handsome, male college boy skin. This is as strong an entry as there is for that niche. 3.5 stars, call it 4 for daring."
Four stars....for all the wrong (or maybe right) reasons
Kendrik Lau | New York City | 04/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie, which according to the director on the DvD's commentary was shot in a scant 6 days...and I believe it.Dedicated to Doris Wishman, the purveyor of such dubious masterpieces as "Deadly Weapons", "Satan Was a Lady", "Double Agent 73", "A Night to Dismember" among others, this film certainly live up these standards, however low.Basically some leeches (intentionally) mutated by steroids are stalking a college located conveniently next to the swamp where the leeches lived. Its choice victims are the hot looking cast, male and female.And this is where this movie deviates from the usual cheapo screamathons. Instead of screaming half naked nubile female victims, this movie boasted tons of half naked guys in speedos and underwear. The director almost lovingly inserted lingering (and close up) shots of members of the hunky male cast taking showers (and caressing themselves),lying on beds and other suggestive poses. I was surprised that two of the guys didn't start kissing right there and then. In the end, Leeches is standard fare in the world of horror movies, the effects are barely adequate. The attack scenes laughable..mainly of the victim holding onto the green rubbery leech, screaming his or her brains out...while trying to maintain a straight face.It notched four stars from me for the scenes of the guys alone! For so long horror movies objectifies only women, it is time we look at the guys close up for once! Then again, director DeCoteau claims he is making horror films for women (like his previous efforts of The Brotherhood and Voodoo Academy) hence the half naked guys, but he is fooling no one with the homoerotic overtures and I for one, can't wait to see his next effort!Thus for Leeches, two stars for the overall plot, and two more stars for the beefcake factor."
Creepy Crawly Fun
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is latest film from DavidDeCotau- the director of "The Brotherhood" and "Voodo Academy". The story cocerns a college swim team who is using steroids to improve their performance and end creating monster size leeches. The movie is an old fashion creature feauture but in the DeCoatau tradition feautures a cast of cute young men. The leeches attack are effectibly gruesome- so if you have a taste for speedo clad lads and monsters- this is for you."
The Funniest Z-Movie I Have Seen Yet
R. Stringini | Addison, IL United States | 11/06/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was a riot! I mean, it's pure crap, but you all know that. Just look at the Rapid Heart label. It should tell you two expect three things. 1) Predictible and yet Servicable Plot 2) Not So Great Special Effects and 3) Lots of Young Guys in Their Undies/Speedios/anything tight fitting. So if those three don't scare you away, than get this movie. I never stopped laughing the entire time. It's just so bad its good. It has a decent soundtrack, decenct cast (talent wise) and amazing cast (looks wise). Plus the leaches look pretty cool for being nothing more than hand puppets. Pick it up!"