A re-blogged post about leeches:
We spotted one leech in a Swedish lake and our lake-swimmer friend ( Swedish citizen ) decided from that day on never again to swim in that lake . She , perhaps, needs leech-appreciation training . Just a thought . Anyway…………………
Funny about leeches ! A guy can probably go for decades , maybe a lifetime , without considering leeches . I mean a modern man , of course .
A friend of mine had some surgery , recently , on his face . The doctor had to drain with a needle his swelling . The doctor wanted to use leeches instead of needles but there were none available in the area . In the Greater Los Angeles area .
Where’s a leech when you need one ?
By coincidence , the L.A. Times had a very long article recently about leeches . I skimmed it quickly . Apparently a hot-spot for leech raising is Russia. Russian women raise them in large jars with cloths fastened over the tops . Like my childhood friends Don and Dan used to raise mice so they could feed their king snake . It was quite an efficient snake-feeding operation . But , then the snake died . Well , that’s another story . This one’s about leeches , not mice .
Apparently , women are better at leech-raising than men . To do a good job at it you have to love the little creatures , according to the article , and men just can’t handle it . Men, it seems , can’t give the needed love to leeches . I can relate to that . I’m not making a judgement when I say that ; I’m just reporting what the newspaper article said , and saying it rings true to me .
It’s quite a thriving cottage industry in Russia , evidently . If Don and Dan were still kids I think they’d have a garage full of leeches . Their mother never really warmed up to the mice ; but she might fall in love with the leeches . Maybe . More likely , though , love of leeches has something to do with that enigmatic Russian soul , knowing what life is all about , seeing the seriousness of things , and all that . Not being Russian , I don’t know .
The curator chose to show The Attack of the Giant Leeches because it was filmed at the Arboretum in Arcadia in 1959 . Eight days to film it . I think it took about eight minutes to write the script . It seems with all of the rocket tests in those days , and not all of them successful , radiation escaped from a failed rocket , seeped into the swamps , and the result was giant leeches . These leeches , of course , killed one man after another .
There are a few sub-plots , too , of course . A guy goes out to the swamp to make out with another man’s wife . They’re caught by the husband and chased though the underbrush and , eventually , into the swamp . The husband is arrested for murder after the two disappear , but he swears that he only meant to scare them , didn’t kill them , and that a strange creature dragged them into the swamp and they were gone .
We find out later that they were taken alive to an underground air-pocket cave by the giant leeches . Are the captives there as finger food , so to speak , for the leeches when the leeches get the munchies ? Is the giant leech , as Ada suspected , really in love with the beautiful blondie (although unfaithful) wife ? If so , then maybe , as the Times article suggested , there really is some special connection between women and leeches .
Does anyone , by this point in the cheezy fright movie , care ? The woman is , at the end of the film , rescued from the underground cave . The giant leeches are blown to smithereens .
But , did the blondie survive ? Who knows ! The men in the movie during the last scene seem focused only on the explosion and the floating-to-the-surface of the destroyed giant leeches . The unconscious woman , dead ? alive ? is nearly left in the rescue canoe , all but a forgotten entity , unimportant .
I can’t wait for the sequel . Had the blondie fallen for the leech , after all ? Did a colony of mosquitos , having fed off the leech carcasses , grow to giant size and then terrorize the city ? Was there a young giant leech who , as it turns out , was playing with his friends in another swamp and escaped the explosion that killed his parents ? Now he seeks revenge in the new thriller : The Revenge of the Giant Leech Baby . Could be .
Maybe we need the Cold War to appreciate The Attack of the Giant Leeches . Escaped uranium . Giant leeches , ants , spiders , etc . Fear of the unknown . Fear of the Russians . A contemporary film would have better special effects than two guys wearing rubber leech costumes . But then the quaint charm is gone .
Now that I’m writing this , it strikes me that those Russian women raising leeches might be part of the latest Communist plot to overthrow America . I’m not sure how . I’ll write to my congressman to make sure he investigates : ” Dear Mr. McCarthy……………..”.