Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sting of Death (1965)

Director: William Grefe

Starring: Jack Nagle, Valerie Hawkins, John Vella

More info: IMDb

Plot: Karen and her wild, swingin' pals head to her father's place in the Everglades where he's got a lab research center. Egon has a facial deformity that has the kids picking on him at every turn but there's a monster on the loose killing the kids. Is it human or a prehistoric creature from beneath the Earth?

My rating: 4/10

Will I watch it again? Nope.

AHHHHH! Is this the monster?


Nope. It's Egon.


Yeah, it's bad and campy as fuck. The creature effects are pitiful. I'm not sayin' I could do better. It's the mid-60s so there's the obligatory teen/youngster dance party...

One kickass scene has the creature overturning a boat and killing all of the kids with jellyfish! NICE! They all died! Didn't see that comin'. Check out the realistic poisonous jellyfish!

I'm not sure that trimming at least a half hour from this thing would make it good but it would be a damn site better than an hour and twenty. I really wish I had some video editing software, the know-how and time to play with some of these flicks. Some of them wouldn't be so hard to endure if there weren't so much filler. There's lots of fat to trim in this one.

It's part of a Something Weird Video double feature with DEATH CURSE OF TARTU (1966), which is a much better than this one (both of which are directed by Grefe). They each have commentary tracks by Grefe as well as vintage 60s shorts and trailers. Despite this dud, it's still worth having.

Wanna kill the next 80 minutes? Here ya go...

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