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Directed by David Decoteau
Produced by Gary Barkin
David DeCoteau
Screenplay by Michael Gingold
Story by Gary Barkin
David DeCoteau
Michael Gingold
Starring Matthew Twining
Josh Henderson
Stacey Nelson
Alexandra Westmore
Michael Lutz
Tony Carroccio
Charity Rahmer
Maya Parish
Stephen Sowan
Greg Lyczkowski
Mark Ian Miller
Trevor Harris
Julie Briggs
Tyler Sedustine
Mike Cole
Music by John Massari
Cinematography Gary Graver
Edited by Bruce Little
Distributed by Rapid Heart Pictures
Release date
  • August 19, 2003 (2003-08-19)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Leeches! is a 2003 horror film directed by David DeCoteau.


Members of a college swim team take anabolic steroids to enhance their performance. While on a daytrip to a local lake, a couple of the members pick up some leeches, which feed on the steroids in their blood. The leeches end up washed down a shower drain, where they grow to enormous size and return for more feedings.

Following the deaths of several members of the team and a college administrator, the few surviving team members and one of their girlfriends hatch a plan to kill off the monster leeches. They will draw them to the campus swimming pool by having one of the swimmers act as bait. Then they'll electrify the pool, electrocuting the leeches. Tragically, the team coach, who's been infested by a leech, attacks them, delaying the electrification just long enough to allow the leeches to kill one last swimmer. Finally the coach is subdued and the switch is thrown, frying the leeches.

As the film ends, a surviving swim team member, in true mad scientist fashion, is revealed to have had a hand in creating the leeches and is shown to have breeding stock left.

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