director Bernard L. Kowalski
As is always the case in a 1950’s Roger Corman production, the best investment is in the movie poster. After all, it’s all about filling those movie theater seats and a lot less about what you’re actually putting on screen.
With a Hollywood backlot and the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden standing in for Florida’s Everglades, we get a tale of mutant giant leeches perhaps resulting from nuclear radiation from Cape Canaveral. The story is set against the backdrop of backwoodsy hillbilly cornpone, which is itself an odd trope of pulp and comedy of the time.
Bernard L. Kowalski might not be the most notable of Corman’s many, many directors to whom he handed opportunity. This wasn’t Kowalski’s first Corman horror hoedown. He directed Night of the Blood Beast (1958) and Hot Car Girl (1958) and would go on to direct a movie that impacted my own personal childhood psyche: Sssssss (1973).
One last note of point, one of victims is a voluptuous vixen played by Yvette Vickers. I wrote that just for the Vee’s.