What... what... what is that???? It's ZAAT!!!!!
Curated by Daniel Menche
Total Runtime: 1:39:33
Directed by Don Barton, it was also known under various titles including Hydra, Attack of the Swamp Creatures, Legend of the Zaat Monster, and The Blood Waters of Dr. Z(the name under which it was lampooned on Mystery Science Theater 3000). The film follows a Nazi mad scientist who injects himself with a formula that turns him into a mutated catfish. Florida Times-Union critic Matt Soergel quipped Zaat "could very well be the best film ever made about a mutated catfish." Critic Jeffrey Kauffman said, "This is the sort of film Ed Wood Jr. might have made—on a bad day" and added, "Lovers of fantastically bad films rate Zaat one of the worst." Patrick Naugle of DVD Verdict stated, "The acting in Zaat is below subpar. Actors seem to be whispering their lines and trying hard not to fully comprehend that they're in one of the worst films ever made," while Michael Rubino of DVD Verdict also claimed, "Zaat may be one of the worst films ever created." NPR called it a "sci-fi fiasco" when it became the "The winner — er, loser —" on IMDb's Bottom 100. Zaat appeared on Mystery Science Theater 3000, which gave it significant exposure, and was also featured onRedLetterMedia show Half in the Bag where they called it one of their favorite "so bad it's good" films. Total Film included it in their list of the 66 worst films of all time.