|802 - The Leech Woman|
|Air Date||February 8, 1997|
|Movie Director||Edward Dein|
|Cast|| Coleen Gray|
|Preceded by||801 - Revenge of the Creature|
|Followed by||803 - The Mole People|
On a journey to Africa, an emotionally disturbed woman witnesses the secret of restoring lost youth - unfortunately, it entails regularly sacrificing young men.
Dr. Paul Talbot, noxious endocrinologist, is researching ways to make people look younger. Mala, a 140-year-old African-born woman who was kidnapped and enslaved in America, seeks him out and offers him her tribe's secret (special orchid pollen) of not only longevity, but also restoration of youthful appearance. In return she wants him to pay her way back home where she will soon die. He gives her the money and divulges her secret to his emotionally needy, dipsomaniacal, and somewhat aged wife, June, whom he loathes, and hires a guide to take him to Mala's village. June goes along.
En route, June (who "loves" Paul) goes ballistic when she realizes he only wants her along as a guinea pig. The creepy Caucasoid crew is captured by Mala's tribe and taken to the village, just in time to witness Mala undergo a ceremony requiring the extraction of the pineal hormones of an unidentified tribesman by using a spiked ring, killing him in the process. (The pineal gland is a about the size of a grain of rice and is located at the center of the skull. The ring would have to pierce the skull (which, of course, is made of solid bone) and penetrate five inches into the brain, unguided, to find the pineal gland.) She then mixes the fluid with the pollen and ingests it, making her young again. (It only lasts for a short time, which turns out to be a bit of a wrinkle).
Mala offers the ring to June along with any man she desires for the necessary hormone, since the tribe intends to whack them all shortly, anyway. She accepts. Paul plans to escape and "get help", but June turns the tables on him, choosing him as the man who will be sacrificed. (He doesn't protest his fate much, perhaps realizing that death is a small price to get away from June). She undergoes the procedure and is restored to the bloom of youth. June and the guide then create a distraction (they throw sticks of dynamite around, displaying the custom of their people, depraved indifference to human life) and escape with the stolen ring and pollen. The effect is ephemeral. June realizes she must keep killing men to stay young, and she allows the guide to expire in some handy quicksand, hastily harvesting his hormones as he slides into the Earth.
Back in the States, Sally, the late Dr. Talbot's nurse, is the fiance of Neil, June's feckless lawyer. June leverages her acquired youth to invent a persona, "Terry Hart", niece of the woman formerly known as June, and she relentlessly pursues the personality-free Neil, arousing Sally's ire. Meanwhile, she cruises the bars and boulevards, conning men for their sweet, sweet pineal juice.
Neil succumbs to "Terry's" wiles and decides to propel Sally footwise to the pavement discontinuity, you might say. Sally confronts "Terry", aiming to run her out of town with the aid of a Saturday night special; in a struggle, June/Terry dispatches her with the ring, extracting her hormone. (By this time, a glancing swipe across the side of the neck is enough to smash, in less than a second, through the hair, scalp, skull and soft tissues to the center of the brain, bloodlessly and with robotic accuracy. The victims don't even cry out in pain). She leaves the body, a bit carelessly, I rather think, in the coat closet.
At the onset of an evening of debauchery June has planned with the now-unattached Neil, a detective arrives, investigating the murder of one of the men June has murdered (the hyper, juiced-up palooka from The Unearthly), and begins asking questions. During a search, he discovers Sally's lifeless body. Crazed, June rants to the stunned assembly about the youth formula and attempts to demonstrate with Sally's pineal secretions; alas, juice from the female does not work (or maybe, like insulin, it loses its effectiveness if not refrigerated). She does not become youthful, and, realizing she's lost everything and (maybe) has killed Sally (and all the others) for nothing (or at least, not the payoff she expected), she hurls herself off of her second-story bedroom balcony. In death she reveals her secret.
Fun facts: Turns out the screenwriter was inspired by an older brother who used to beat him about the head while wearing a class ring. Take note: This film illustrates what can happen when the art director takes over the film. Julie Taymoor got the idea for the Broadway version of "The Lion King" from watching this movie (during Mala's rejuvenation ceremony, keep your eyes on the "African" fellow who, in every shot in which he appears is saddled with wearing a "ceremonial tusk mask / football helmet / chorus girl chapeau" which competely conceals his face and makes, I suspect, every scene an unforgettable pleasure to shoot).
Segment One: Crow still can't remember Mike, much less the prairie dogs he sucked up. Dr. Peanut discovers his destiny...to wear diapers and roller skate around Deep Ape. Professor Bobo and the other apes eventually succumb to diapers and tutus, much to the disgust of The Lawgiver.
Segment Three: Pearl is enjoying some leisure time until Bobo interrupts to point out she hasn't made any laws. Pearl decrees there is no parking on Sundays and soup with buffet. Pearl asks for suggestions, from the SOL crew. Tom's laws reveal he was up to some interesting things during his universal travels...
Segment Four: The Bots want Mike to, um, check out their pillory; his contacts save him from the Bots stealing his pineal juices. Mike is strangely unbothered by this. Luckily, Gypsy has that Richard Basehart weakness...
Segment Five: Servo really, really wants to do his impression of Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies. Mike and Crow suspect Servo just wants to run around yelling "JEEEEEEDDDD!" Tom takes it too far, as always. In Deep Ape, the apes are returning to civilized ways. It works until Peanut finds the diapers again.
Stinger: Detective defeats lawyer with LOGIC!
- Unusual credits: Servo yells "JEEEEEEDDDD!" over the credits.
Quotes & References
- "Uh-oh, Ed Gein!"
- Ed Gein, a serial killer arrested in Wisconsin in 1957, became infamous for making a "woman suit" from the bodies of his victims.
- "It's Five Alive!"
Five Alive is a blended juice drink sold by Minute Maid.
- "And don't forget, Nick and Honey are coming over tonight."
Nick and Honey are two secondary characters from the movie/play Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
- "This is when Hazelden didn't have it all worked out yet."
The Hazelden Foundation is a Minnesota-based chain of drug and alcohol rehab centers.
- "Miss Jane Pittman and Mr. George Clinton were wed today..."
- The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman is a novel in which a 110-year-old African-American woman recounts the events of her life, and was made into an acclaimed made-for-TV movie in 1974. George Clinton is a funk musician known for his oddball clothing and hairstyle.
- "She dances like a drunk girl at the Blainbrook Bowl"
- A bowling alley in Blaine, MN, a Minneapolis suburb (www.blainbrookbowl.com).
- "Oh Miss Havisham"
- A mad and wealthy old woman who figures prominently in Great Expectations.
- "Have you heard the drums Unando?"
- A take on the ABBA song "Fernando."
- "Agnes Moorehead as Endora!"
- "Man, I hate how these guys are ripping off David Byrne's music!"
- David Byrne used sub-Saharan African polyrhythms prominently on the Talking Heads' album Remain in Light.
- "He's not a very good mohel, is he?"
In Judaism, a Mohel (rhymes with 'soil') is a rabbi or other synagogue member trained to perform male circumcision, performed on the eighth day after birth.
|preceded by: Season 7||MST3K Season 8||followed by: Season 9|
|801||Revenge of the Creature||1997-02-01||809||I Was a Teenage Werewolf||1997-04-19||817||The Horror of Party Beach||1997-08-16|
|802||The Leech Woman||1997-02-08||810||The Giant Spider Invasion||1997-05-31||818||Devil Doll||1997-10-04|
|803||The Mole People||1997-02-15||811||Parts: The Clonus Horror||1997-06-07||819||Invasion of the Neptune Men||1997-10-11|
|804||The Deadly Mantis||1997-02-22||812||The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies||1997-06-14||820||Space Mutiny||1997-11-07|
|805||The Thing That Couldn't Die||1997-03-01||813||Jack Frost||1997-07-12||821||Time Chasers||1997-11-22|
|806||The Undead||1997-03-08||814||Riding with Death||1997-07-19||822||Overdrawn at the Memory Bank||1997-12-06|
|807||Terror from the Year 5000||1997-03-15||815||Agent for H.A.R.M.||1997-08-02|
|808||The She-Creature||1997-04-05||816||Prince of Space||1997-08-16|