FRI, OCT 31, 8:30p:
The second “Made-In-Miami”
Halloween Night at MBC…
“Almost 50thAnniversary” Screening!
Featuring Florida Filmmaking Legend
with his Southern Drive-In Horror Classic
presented in collaboration with Gutter Films
STING OF DEATH
“The world’s only giant half-man half-jellyfish movie”
Directed by BILL GREFE/1965/80mins.
With Joe Morrison, Valerie Hawkins,
John Vella, Jack Hagle, Doug Hobart
Special Singing Guest Star Neil Sedaka
Written by Al Dempsey and William Kerwin
Shot on location on Miami Beach and at Reel Studios in Miami, with additional footage in the Everglades, and underwater scenes shot in Rainbow Springs FL, Sting of Death represents the height of the “Miami B Movie” period of wacky horror films produced in the 1960’s. Director Bill Grefé brings his action film finesse and creative shooting style to the science-fictiony horror revamp of Creature of the Black Lagoon meets Frankenstein meets Beach Blanket Bingo and Psycho, to boot. Sting of Death is an example of what filmmakers were getting away with, with almost no budget, to attract Drive-In customers. It is also one of the craziest and most ridiculously fun horror films ever, complete with a monster that has a plastic bag for a head and a custom-made theme song and dance, “Do the Jellyfish”, by none other than Neil Sedaka, who happened to be playing in a nightclub in Miami during filming, so, why not?
The actual story? A marine biologist and his two assistants are experimenting on Portugeuse men-of-war “on the edge of the Everglades". One of the assistants, Egon, has secret plans in a hidden grotto to overcome his complexes made more intense by his disfigured face, exaggerated by a visiting group of teenagers invited by the doctor’s daughter who Egon is in love with. Egon’s experimenting leads to revenge and eventual terrifyingly hilarious chaos…but all he really wanted was a girlfriend.
“This is what happens when science tampers with the mysteries of the sea and creates a creature that is half mad man and half a slimy tentacled underwater horror!”-the original trailer for Sting of Death
“There’s nothing better than a really ridiculous monster. Those are the ones we remember the most”-Basket Case director Frank Henonlotter, The Sting of Death’sbiggest fan
Q&A after the film with Director
Prize for Best Miami Marine Creature Costume!
JellyfishMan Anti-Sting Kits provided!
(The event ends just in time for the Lincoln Road insanity!)