THE BLOOD WATERS OF DR Z
Zaat immediately plunges into bad movie territory during its opening scenes where Marshall Grauers scientist gives a long scientifically nonsensical speech in voiceover about his plans to give fish legs so that they can inherit the Earth. All of this is laid over the top of aquarium footage the filmmakers shot at Marineland of Florida and one gets the impression they conceived the film around the availability of the location. In the next scenes, Grauer winches himself into a tank of formula and emerges as a ridiculously cheesy looking monster. Despite Marshall Grauer being top-billed, the rest of the characters scenes are played by Wade Powell in the monster suit.
On the other hand, after having introduced its monster and premise, the film then seems at a loss of what to do. Most of the rest of the show is slow moving and concerns the scientist wandering around in monster form, injecting fish with the formula and occasionally stalking or scaring people. Nothing much else happens and it seems to take forever to do so. The behaviour of the monster seems borrowed from The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) there are scenes with it looking on from in the water at the bikinied Nancy Lien and even a scene blatantly copied from Black Lagoon with it following her from under the water as she swims and then abducting her. Zaat does at least take the monsters preoccupation with the heroine further than The Creature from the Black Lagoon did it takes her to its laboratory and places her in its tank so as to convert her into a mate for it. Later its attentions become overt as we see it acting as a peeping tom and spying in on Sanna Ringhaver as she showers.
Aside from Marshall Grauers nonsensical voice-overs, Zaat seems lacking in much of the way of the hilariously awful gaffes that fans of this type of movie love. There is one rather amusing scene when the police are examining a corpse on the morgue table and we can see it moving. There is much voiceover talk of the scientists experiments as he sets out into the wider world, injecting fish with a serum that will make them giant-sized and give them legs. However, we get to see almost nothing of the results of this, apart from one laughable scene where we get fish crawling across a pavement and then demolishing a ridiculously unconvincing model fence. The films one moment of purely surreal imagination is the scene where the sheriff (Paul Galloway) takes a group of hippies away, herding them Pied Piper-like off to jail and into cells as they blissfully sing, dance, make music and ride through the streets atop the police jeep.
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