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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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Did You Know?


Doug Hobart who plays the Jellyfish Man Monster also plays the part of the dead body in the sheriff's boat. See more »


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


Referenced in Bikini Drive-In (1995) See more »


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Obscurity from 60's raises its ugly "head"
3 July 2002 | by gortxSee all my reviews

One of the more obscure works from 60's SF/Horror Cinema has raised its ugly head in the form of SOMETHING WEIRD'S VHS & DVD release (some early copies had tech flaws so beware unscrupulous dealers). Not so much awful as just plain dumb, STING OF DEATH has a few unintended yocks along the way for the "so bad its good" crowd, but is mainly numb and dull more than "fun". On the plus side, the photography and songs (by NEIL SEDAKA!) aren't half-bad, and the ladies are far more attractive than usual for this type of regional exploitation quickie (including DEANA LUND in her debut). But, the musical scoring is lax, the dialogue mostly lame and it has one of the most illogical creature costumes in history! To wit, a none-too-well disguised black wetsuit with a few rubber tentacles and big CLEAR plastic bag on an actor's head! This is the "jellyfish" monster! At first we were ready to give the filmmakers the benefit of the doubt and assume the creature PUT ON the wetsuit before diving into the waters - but no, in the "climactic" sequence the creature transforms before us STRAIGHT INTO THE WETSUIT! And, you gotta laugh when you see the actor's pale white skin emerge from between the bottom leg of the wetsuit and the BLACK RUBBER FINS the "monster" has on!

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