The Leech (2022)

When we help others, we bring them closer to God.  That’s the idea, right?  Well, Writer/Director Eric Pennycoff (Sadistic Intentions) has something to say about that idea and it begins with the icy blast that is the atmospheric and deadly attitude that is The Leech.

"Both hilarious and harrowing"

Both hilarious and harrowing, The Leech is a film with something to say about the consequences of blindly helping the strangers that slime their way into our lives.  Their sheer presence can alter the fate that was once yours alone, twisting its once warm shape into something unrecognizable and utterly void of good intentions.  

Be mindful, Dear Readers.  Be vigilant.  And learn to say NO. God’s “lost” children have reasons for their aloofness.  

Keeping with the attitude to inspire hearts and minds, Father David (Graham Skipper, Sequence Break) finds himself face to face with a homeless man one day after Mass.  The catholic priest is struggling to grow his congregation, so when he encounters a stranger by the name of Terry (Jeremy Gardner, After Midnight) asleep one morning after Mass, David offers him a place to stay . . . in his house

And he’s going to regret it fairly soon, too.  From the loud music to the habitual urge to masterbate, Terry is going to test him.  You see, Terry is without a home after a fight with his pregnant girlfriend and, with Christmas less than a week away, Father David feels he needs to lead his congregation by example.The Leech (2022)

It was supposed to be for one night, but when Lexi (Taylor Gardner, Sadistic Intentions), Terry’s girlfriend, shows up and announces that she too has been evicted, David winds up with both of them in his house.  Suddenly, that welcoming spirit he once had seems a bit more of a burden . . .

. . . and it is getting heavier and heavier as the days go on.

For good reasons, too.  These parasitic partners are going to test him and his faith in hilarious and off putting ways as the healing power of God’s love falls a bit short in this horrifying cautionary tale about NOT opening your door to strangers.  Good cheer be damned. 

Unfortunately, Father David is going to learn the hard way as unforeseen consequences rain down upon his humble shoulders as his faith is tested time and time again by these toxic twins.

Will David pass the test and accept his new houseguests as they are? Or will he set aside the ways of Christ and resort to blood soaked, Old Testament justice?

Eric Pennycoff's holiday horror The Leech will be available December 5th in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland. The Leech will then be available on all major VOD platforms December 6th.

4/5 stars

Film Details

The Leech (2022)

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
82 mins
: Eric Pennycoff
Eric Pennycoff
Jeremy Gardner; Graham Skipper; Taylor Zaudtke
: Horror | Comedy

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Arrow Films
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Release Date:
December 5, 2022
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Synopsis: A devout priest welcomes a struggling couple into his house at Christmas time. What begins as a simple act of kindness quickly becomes the ultimate test of faith once the sanctity of his home is jeopardized.


The Leech (2022)