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Zaat (1975)
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Zaat (1975) A shuffling, evil marine biologist/janitor who speaks only in voice-overs develops a process to turn people into super-powerful amphibious sea creatures. Once he transforms himself, however, he seems to lose focus, as he starts Windexing a nearby pond. Only later does he vaguely start chasing after nubile women so that he can transform them as well, mate, and produce a race of super beings which will RULE THE WORLD!!

Movie Tagline:
Hydra will rip at your senses and plunge you into a quagmire of revulsion...

Also Known As:
Attack of the Swamp Creatures
Blood Waters of Dr. Z
Dr. Z
Legend of the Zaat Monster

Title: Zaat
Release Date: April , 1975
Runtime: 100 mins
Genre: Fantasy
All Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 1.5
Buried.com Rating: 2.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With Z

MPAA Rating: PG

Don Barton
Arnold Stevens

Marshall Grauer ...Dr. Kurt Leopold
Wade Popwell ...The Monster
Paul Galloway ...Sheriff Lou Krantz
Gerald Cruse ...Marine Biologist Rex
Sanna Ringhaver ...INPIT Agent Martha Walsh
Dave Dickerson ...INPIT Agent Walker Stevens
Archie Valliere ...Deputy Sheriff
Nancy Lien ...Girl Camper
Russell Holcomb ...
Gloria Brady ...
Del Galloway ...
Hal Nearhoof ...
Jim Merrill ...Boy on porch
Elizabeth Barton ...Girl on porch
Bob Knowles ...
Carol Thompson ...
Jack Weatherford ...
Doug Thomas ...Reporter
Frank Crowell ...

Don Barton
Robert M. Smith Jr.
Dick Stratton

Ron Kivett
Lee O. Larew
Don Barton
Arnold Stevens

Jamie DeFrates
Barry Hodgin

More Movie Taglines:
  • Hydra will rip at your senses and plunge you into a quagmire of revulsion...
  • Is the monster man... fish... or devil?
  • It would take an atom bomb to wipe out the walking catfish!
  • A creature like you've never seen before.
Movie Quote(s):
  • [on being told that a victim may have been killed by a "fish bite"] INPIT Agent Stevens: It looks more like it was done by an animal; a cat or an ape.
  • Dr. Leopold: The formula they all laughed at - Z sub A, A sub T... ZaAt!
  • [the newly transformed Leopold sees his new face in the mirror] Dr. Leopold: Nothing at all like the catfish... but it's BEAUTIFUL!
  • Sheriff Krantz: Hah! The state of Florida against a l'il ole catfish. Some case!
  • Sheriff Krantz: Well, I ain't seen that college education of yours do us much good so far. Marine Biologist Rex: Walking fish wasn't part of the curriculum. They didn't teach us how to be kind to sheriffs, either - but I'm trying. Sheriff Krantz: You better be, boy.
Movie Trivia:
  • This was the only movie that the cast appeared in (excluding Paul Galloway, who appeared in J.D.'s Revenge (1976), and one of the bit players, who appeared in Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! (1989) (V)), and the only movie for most of the crew as well.
  • Filming the movie's monster was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek affair. For shots that wouldn't show the monsters feet, Wade Popwell, the actor in the monster suit, would usually be wearing shoes. So unless we're seeing the monsters feet in a shot - it would typically be wearing tennis shoes on location.
  • In an interview, writer Ron Kivett stated that the inspiration for the movie came from an article he read about a species of 'walking' catfish that could live both in water and on land. The article theorized that the fish were possibly a mutation, and Kivett thought it was an intriguing idea for a story. Doctor Leopold refers to the same species of fish in his endless voice-over narrative in the movie.
  • The movie was shot in 1971 and had a limited release in the American South that year, but it would be nearly four years before it saw any wide release.
  • Originally the film was suppose to have scenes of gigantic catfish destroying the countryside but footage of the walking catfish on miniature landscapes proved to be too hokey. However one shot still made it into the film as one catfish can be seen squirming next to a miniature fence during one sequence.
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