Wednesday, October 23, 2019

31 Days of Halloween - Day 23 - Movie

June (Coleen Gray), suffering an unhappy marriage because her endocrinologist husband (Phillip Terry), ten years her junior, feels contempt now that she's aging. When a 150 year old African woman  shows them the secret of eternal youth, June turns on her husband, and seeks the attentions of a younger man (Grant Williams) while committing murders in order to stay young.

The Leech Woman (1960) ended Universal's second cycle of classic horror and science fiction films, and is actually a pretty decent film with social commentary on how society, particularly men, toss aside women as they age. It has a good cast, but suffers from some lackluster direction and some really bad make-up effects. Malla (Estelle Hemsley), a slight woman, who was 73 at the time of filming, fairs pretty well made up to be a near mummy of 150, but Coleen Grays make-ups are really shoddy.

Coleen Gray is also able to transition between being a sympathetic character and a despicable one.

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