A few weeks back I was cruising the isles of my local used DVD shop, looking for a good deal, and I came across an awesome double-feature DVD, featuring two Roger Corman classics for the price of one: THE WASP WOMAN and ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES. I hadn't seen either one of these flicks, and yet I had this uncontrollable urge to buy it... and at 2 bucks, I figured why the hell not! Blind buys are always exciting, and it being a double feature, I have 2 chances of at least one of them being worth it.
Now jump to today, where Fangoria
is reporting that Canadian director Brett Kelly (MY DEAD GIRLFRIEND) is gearing up to remake ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES (or in this case, simply THE GIANT LEECHES), from a script by Jeff O’Brien (PREY). Coincidence that I just picked up the original? Oh. I think not.
Kelly has a lot of enthusiasm for the project, which he promises will "be a sexy, gory romp that will tip its hat to the movies of the ’50s and ’60s, but still provide scares for modern audiences.”
Sounds like fun to me! While I'm slightly bummed this remake will be sent straight to video, as it's getting the low budget treatment, it also makes sense that a Corman movie be made on a smaller budget, as that was what the guy was all about! Plus, O'Brien and Kelly seem to have a love for monster movies of this nature, so if nothing else, they have a passion for the piece, which will (hopefully) make it to the screen.
To check out more, including O'Brien's take on the remake, go ahead and click HERE
, and stick around for more updates on ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES as we hear it. And to finish my story from earlier, while I'm still basking in the glow of scoring the double-feature at such a good price, I still haven't found the time to sit down and watch either of them... I'm just waiting to be in the right 'mind-set' to enjoy the camp at it's fullest!