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Sting of Death (1965)

College girl Karen visits her dad, a marine biologist, at his island compound in the Florida Everglades. Her partying friends show up, dance to Neil Sedaka tunes, and taunt the doctor's ... See full summary »


William Grefé


William Kerwin (original screenplay) (as Al Dempsey)

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Complete credited cast:
Joe Morrison ... Dr. John Hoyt
Valerie Hawkins Valerie Hawkins ... Karen Richardson
John Vella ... Egon
Jack Nagle Jack Nagle ... Dr. Richardson
Sandy Lee Kane Sandy Lee Kane ... Louise, dark redhead
Deanna Lund ... Jessica, Honey Blond
Lois Etelman Lois Etelman ... Donna, light redhead
Blanche Devereaux Blanche Devereaux ... Susan, frosted blond
Doug Hobart Doug Hobart ... Egon as a monster
Judy Lee Judy Lee ... Ruth - sunbather on dock
Robert Stanton Robert Stanton ... Sheriff Bob
Tony Gulliver Tony Gulliver ... First Boy
Ron Pinchbeck Ron Pinchbeck ... Second Boy
John Castle John Castle ... Third Boy
Barbara Paridon Barbara Paridon ... First Girl


College girl Karen visits her dad, a marine biologist, at his island compound in the Florida Everglades. Her partying friends show up, dance to Neil Sedaka tunes, and taunt the doctor's creepy assistant, Egon. Soon they're victims of a wetsuit-wearing. bipedal jellyfish monster. Jealous of Karen's boyfriend, Egon kidnaps her and carries her to his secret underground lair. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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Special Singing Star Neil Sedaka!


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Release Date:

17 October 1966 (USA) See more »

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Essen Productions Inc. See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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The film was released in the VHS and DVD formats in 2001 and was distributed by Something Weird Video. The DVD edition of the film was sold as a double feature with another William Grefe film, Death Curse of Tartu. See more »


At 1:44 into the movie you can see the camera crew in the reflection of the aquarium. See more »


Referenced in Dark Side of Eden: The Making of 'Stanley' (2008) See more »


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Do the jella Jellyfish! Do it now!
13 February 2005 | by Chuck StraubSee all my reviews

I rented The "Sting of Death" on a DVD that also included "Death Curse of Tartu" and two very short features that I wasn't expecting, "Love Goddesses of Blood Island" and "Miami or Bust". As an added attraction, you can watch the "The Sting of Death" or the "Death Curse of Tartu" with director audio commentary if you wish. What really made watching this DVD a fun experience though was the "Sting of Death". This movie is what makes the DVD. The rest is inconsequential. The "Sting of Death" alone is worth the price of the rental or if purchased would make a fine addition to any video library. What makes this movie so attractive? It's a cheap low budget movie with lots of mistakes but that's why it's fun. You can't take this one too seriously even though it was intended to be a horror movie. The monster consists of a man in a black wet suit with tentacles attached and a black semi transparent plastic bag as a head. Watch the monster's ankles. The skin is exposed a few times. One scene shows a lot of jellyfish, which look like they were made with see through sandwich bags with pieces of blue and red in them. The scene is supposed to be scary but it looks like a bunch of garbage floating around in the water. What did impress me was the quality of the color. The movie really did look good. How the movie was made is another thing. For those that enjoy watching poorly made monster movies, this one is a must see. It's the only horror movie I know of that features a Jellyfish/man monster. They even have a song in this movie by Neil Sedaka called "The Jellyfish". You get to see them dance to it and hear it in it's entirety. It's great stuff. The song and dance is enough to give it a couple of points when rating it. This is a fun and humorous film. If you want something serious, this is not for you. If you like the kind of movie that's so bad it's good, this is just the thing. For 1950s and 60s monster movie fans, you really have to see this lesser known film. You have to see and hear it to believe it.

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