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DEATH CURSE OF TARTU 1966 + STING OF DEATH 1966 WILLIAM GREFFE HORRIFYING FLORIDA DRIVE-IN DOUBLE FEATURE DVD-R!

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Death Curse of Tartu was made in Florida in the mid-1960s by exploitation legend William Grefe, it’s a story of a group of young people who venture into the everglades to party. However, they disturb the burial ground of Tartu, a witch doctor who has been dead for 400 years. Not wanting strangers on his ground, Tartu returns in the form of various animals who murder the partygoers one by one. Realizing they have no other course of action, the surviving members of the party set out to find Tartu’s grave so that they may destroy his body forever.

Sting of Death is a 1965 American science fiction horror film directed by William Grefé, written by Al Dempsey, and starring Joe Morrison, Valerie Hawkins, Deanna Lund, John Vella, and Jack Nagle. Its plot concerns five female college students who head to the Florida Everglades for a holiday, but instead of fun in the sun, run into trouble with a mutated, bloodthirsty, and quite deadly jellyfish-man-monster.

Neil Sedaka‘s pop dance song “Do the Jellyfish” is featured on the film’s soundtrack. Sting of Death was paired on a double bill with the Grefé film Death Curse of Tartu (1966).

Although listed in the credits as “Special Singing Guest Star,” Sedaka does not physically appear in the movie. He is only heard singing “Do the Jellyfish” as the students perform the dance during the pool party. The song is included on the Sedaka LP Oh Carol: The Complete Recordings 1955-1966, released on Bear Family Records in 2003.

In the US, the double bill of Death Curse of Tartu and Sting of Death “played nationwide in 1967 and did fairly well,” according to “actor/stuntman/amateur makeup artist Doug Hobart.” The film was distributed in the US by Thunderbird International Pictures to help fulfill an annual need for inexpensive horror double features which were timed to coincide with April 15, the traditional season opening of drive-ins in the northern part of the country.

A 1967 review in BoxOffice says that the film is “very much in keeping with the youth-oriented horror market” of the time, well-made enough to earn a “good” rating – on its Very Good-to-Very Poor scale – and that Grefé “has generated a surprisingly strong mass market appeal pattern and, for good measure, headliner Neil Sedaka is present in the capacity of singing guest star.” BoxOffice calls Morrison, Hawkins, and Vella “professionally poised in pivotal roles” and says that Nagle “provides some interesting moments.”

 

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