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Zaat (1971)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | January 1971 (USA)
A mad scientist transforms himself into an aquatic killer.

Directors:

Don Barton, Arnold Stevens (uncredited)

Writers:

Ron Kivett (story), Lee O. Larew (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marshall Grauer Marshall Grauer ... Dr. Kurt Leopold
Wade Popwell ... The Monster
Paul Galloway Paul Galloway ... Sheriff Lou Krantz
Gerald Cruse Gerald Cruse ... Marine Biologist Rex
Sanna Ringhaver ... INPIT Agent Martha Walsh
Dave Dickerson Dave Dickerson ... INPIT Agent Walker Stevens
Rich Valliere ... Deputy Sheriff (as Archie Valliere)
Nancy Lien Nancy Lien ... Girl Camper
Russell Holcomb Russell Holcomb
Gloria Brady Gloria Brady
Del Galloway Del Galloway
Hal Nearhoof Hal Nearhoof
Jim Merrill Jim Merrill ... Boy on porch
Elizabeth Barton Elizabeth Barton ... Girl on porch
Bob Knowles Bob Knowles
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A mad scientist (and apparent former Nazi) unleashes his master plan: to transform himself into a mutated walking catfish, gain revenge on those who have spurned him, and kidnap nubile young women to similarly transform so that he can breed. Or something like that. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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It would take an atom bomb to wipe out the walking catfish! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

The Marineland park location that was used for Dr. Leopold's lab was previously used for another monster film: Revenge of the Creature (1955). See more »

Goofs

When Zaat drinks the medicine in the pharmacy, you can hear the fluid draining from the suit on to the floor. See more »

Quotes

[the newly transformed Leopold sees his new face in the mirror]
Dr. Leopold: Nothing at all like the catfish... but it's BEAUTIFUL!
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Alternate Versions

For its 1999 airing on Mystery Science Theater 3000, Zaat (shown under the title Blood Waters of Dr. Z) was heavily edited. Among the numerous scenes cut were further scenes of the INPIT agents, Dr. Leopold disposing of his victim in a vat of acid, scenes of the locals evacuating, and one bizarre scene where a band of singing hippies is taken to the jail by the Sheriff. See more »

Connections

Featured in Half in the Bag: Aquaman (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Runnin' Don't Make You Free
Written and performed by Jamie DeFrates and Barry Hodgin
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Great 70's Fun!
14 September 2005 | by librachildSee all my reviews

This film is a testament to the low budget, independent monster/horror flicks of the 60's and 70's. Man with a grudge, Dr. Kurt Leopold, transforms himself into a murderous "man fish" reeking revenge on all who have scorned him and anyone who gets in his way. Sure, the FX are non existent, the acting and dialogue amateurish, and the monster looks incredibly inane - a "man fish" with fur around the neck and back to hide the zipper! But that's what makes these films loads of fun to watch! You have to admire these independents who often invest their life savings to produce these gems. Lots of heart and soul fuse this genre. Today's excuses for cinema with bloated corporate budgets, over production, over paid prima donna actors, and excessive FX can't compare to the spirit and zeal of this genre. Cinamatic hacks such as Spielberg, Scorsese, Lucas, and Coppola who prostitute themselves on a consistent basis can learn a lot from the likes of The Blood Waters of Dr. Z.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attack of the Swamp Creatures See more »

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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Barton Films See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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