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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?


Sting of Death was released 17 October 1966 on the drive-in circuit by regional distributor Thunderbird Pictures on a double-bill with Grefé's torpid 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 Planet X: Episode #2.4 (2006) See more »


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Yet Another Joe Morrison Stinker!

"Miami" Joe Morrison reminds me of the old gag line, " I just can't get any respect." A good-looking guy, with a pleasant on-screen personality, yet he was saddled with one bomb after another. Locally in Miami he was a fairly popular guy in the South Beach kind of popularity. However, his films aren't much better than Ed Woods. So, if anything "Miami" Joe will always have a place in South Florida film history for starring in the worst movies ever made in Miami.

This film has a few cheesy scenes, and even a few minor laughes. I recall seeing it when it first came out at the long-gone Rio theater in downtown Miami City. I remember my dad and I laughing at all the snoring which was going on during the running of this film.

It's not "Miami" Joe's worst film, but it's far from his best either. I'd pass on the jellyfish and go out and eat a whaler at Burger King instead.

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