The Leech Woman

A couple journeys to Africa seeking a drug that will restore youth.

 

United States
1960
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Black & White
Animals: 
Alligator
Lion
Leopard
Cultists: 
Tribal
4
Gets under your skin!
6
5.04
6
4
1
3
2
Performances
Editing
Plot
A trip to Africa, in 1960, implies a few encounters with dangerous animals; leopard, lion, alligator, and being taken captive by a tribe. The movie is called The Leech Woman, a title that makes sense as the plot thickens. When an extremely old-looking woman tells you she knows the secret to eternal life, you should probably think twice about following her instructions. It could get you killed.
Here’s a film that tells it how it is and doesn’t really care how the dialogue comes out; rough around the edges, straight to the point, and loud. The script makes it a mission to verbalize its characters’ every action, which can be daunting. The creators used a lot of stock footage of African wildlife and tribal dances with scenes shot in a studio. You can tell which is which.
This is a story worth telling that would go on to inspire many writers. It wasn’t adapted from a book, which is surprising considering how dense it is and how strong its premise is. It’s a bit xenophobic and naive when it comes to depicting Africa, but all of this can be forgiven when the horror finally kicks in, in the third act. The Leech Woman, then, finally gets under your skin.
Alternate Titles: 
Leech
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