What do titles like Sting of Death, Stanley, Mako: The Jaws of Death, Wild Rebels, The Naked Zoo, Death Curse of Tartu, Impulse all have in common? They were just a handful of the films directed by Florida based filmmaker William Grefé! And now, the incredible history of this low budget filmmaker comes to the screens in this new feature lenght documentary, thanks to Ballyhoo Motion Pictures this April!
While other low budget directors were running off the the sunny skies of California to make their independent pictures, William Grefé stayed in the other sunny part fo the country, in Florida everglades area and made that his own little Hollywood. There he created about sharks, snakes, a jellyfish man, bikers, and many more titles that were sure to lure them into the drive-ins. And he always delivered.
Doctor Jekyll Versus the Werewolf aka Doctor Jekyll y el Hombre Lobo (1972)
Directed by León Klimovsky
Starring Paul Naschy, Jack Taylor, Shirley Corrigan, Mirta Miller, José Marco, Luis Induni, Barta Barri, Luis Gaspar
If there is one thing you have to give credit to Paul Naschy for, it is the fact that he made so many Waldemar Daninsky werewolf pictures and always tried to throw something new and different in them. And this film is a prime example of it, as well as how creative and inventive Naschy was for even coming up with a plot like this!
Without going into too much detail, Dr. Jekyll, played by Jack Taylor, is going to try and cure Daninsky’s hairy curse by using his grandfather chemical cocktail. His theory is that by transforming him into a Hyde character, he will be strong enough to beat out the urge to turn into a werewolf. Seems legit, right? But no matter how crazy the theory is, what it does do is give us a chance to see Naschy not only bust our his usually entertaining lycanthopic side, but also become one of the best Mr. Hyde performance I’ve seen since Frederic March in 1932.
This weekend, we will be making our 29th trip out to Strongsville, Ohio, for the Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo, as we’ve been doing since Sept. of 2000. No other show out there has run this long, being held at the very same hotel since the first one, and has created a reputation for being a show for the real die-hard movie fan. This is one of the few shows left that really is about celebrating the movies and the people behind them. There is always plenty of things going on to keep a movie fan occupied and entertained. From the Q&A panels to the film screening in two different rooms, you will never be bored. This time out, you’ll get the chance to see titles like The Green Slime (1968), Queen of Outer Space (1958), and Stanley (1972), all screened from 16mm prints! In the video room, you can watch classics like King Kong Escapes (1967) or Psychos in Love (1987), and much more.
I didn’t forget this time out! Hopefully everyone enjoyed their weekend, especially if you were lucky to have Friday off! But now that we’re back to the work week, let’s get back to business and get this started, shall we?
Last week’s photo was from Amando de Ossorio’s Night of the Sorcerers! Released in 1974, this has one of the most strangest and bizarre openings that you’ll see. Starring the lovely Loreta Tovar and Jack Taylor, if you’re a fan of Euro-Horror, then you’ll probably will enjoy this one! Kudos to the following for sending in the correct answer: Hoby Abernathy, Elena Anele, Troy Howarth, Doug Lamoreux, Bryan Moose, Richard Schellbach, Michael Shields, Kristin Wicks, and William Wilson. Nice to see this many names for a cult title like this one.
For this week’s photo, we’re moving back into our own country (see…and they say I never give any hints!) to see if you can identify this recently discovered title. Take a good look and see what you can come up with. And don’t worry which title you might know it under, we’ll accept them all. See…yet ANOTHER hint! As usual, please do not post your answer here, but send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Good Luck!
The Unholy Three: Screen Villains and English Gentlemen
By John Hamilton
Published by Midnight Marquee, 2009. 284 pages.
…Redeption release that is. Okay, for anybody out there, Naschy die-hard fans included, lets not mince words here. We all know that Crimson is not one of his best work. In fact, it is not a good one at all. But for us poor souls that are doomed with the curse of being a completest, we know that we will have to add this new edition from Redemption when it gets released in June.
Released by Lakeshore Records, 2016
26 Tracks with a Total Running time of 59 min.
Music by Ulaş Pakkan