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The Leech Woman

Original film poster
Directed by Edward Dein
Produced by John Greshenson
Written by Story:
Ben Pivar
Francis Rosenwald
David Duncan
Starring Grant Williams
Coleen Gray
Phillip Terry
Gloria Talbot
John van Dreelen
Estelle Hemsley
Kim Hamilton
Arthur Batanides
Music by Irving Gertz
Hans J. Salteri
Henry Vars
Cinematography Ellis W. Carter
Editing by Milton Carruth
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) May 1960
Running time 77 min.
Country United States

The Leech Woman is a 1960 American horror film directed by Edward Dein.


A mysterious old woman approaches Dr. Paul Talbot (Phillip Terry) and promises to reveal to him the secret of eternal youth. Following her to Africa, he and his wife June Talbot (Coleen Gray) witness the secret ceremony that utilizes orchid pollen and a victim's pineal gland secretions. June returns to the United States alone and proceeds to keep herself young by killing people for their pineal secretions. She becomes enamored with a man half her actual age, and kills his fiance to maintain her youthful appearance. Eventually the cops come to investigate the murders and June kills herself by leaping from a window.

Mystery Science Theater 3000

This film was parodied on the television show Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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