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Death Curse of Tartu (1966)

Unrated | | Horror | 29 January 1968 (Sweden)
Four students on an archaeology assignment in the Everglades decide to throw a dance party on the burial site of an ancient Indian medicine man named Tartu. He returns from the dead, in the... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Fred Pinero Fred Pinero ... Ed Tison (as Fred Piñero)
Babette Sherrill Babette Sherrill ... Julie Tison (as Babbette Sherrill)
Bill Marcus Bill Marcus ... Billy
Mayra Gómez Kemp Mayra Gómez Kemp ... Cindy (as Mayra Gomez)
Sherman Hayes Sherman Hayes ... Johnny
Gary Holtz Gary Holtz ... Tommy
Maurice Stewart Maurice Stewart ... Joann
Doug Hobart Doug Hobart ... Tartu (as Douglas Hobart)
Frank Weed Frank Weed ... Sam Gunter


Four students on an archaeology assignment in the Everglades decide to throw a dance party on the burial site of an ancient Indian medicine man named Tartu. He returns from the dead, in the form of various animals, to take his revenge on those who desecrated his grave site. Written by Anonymous

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They thought it was a joke... [video cover]




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29 January 1968 (Sweden) See more »

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Curse of Death See more »

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Sam Gunter: We'll set up over there, on the high ground.
Billy: I'm sorry, Mr. Gunter but as I told you before, I can't go beyond this point.
Sam Gunter: Don't tell me you believe those ridiculous stories about evil spirits and witch doctors that turn themselves into giant alligators and all that rubbish.
Billy: I'm sorry but I'm afraid I do.
Sam Gunter: Billy, I'd believe this of your grandfather, perhaps even your father, but you?
Billy: You forget; I am a Seminole.
Sam Gunter: You're an intelligent, educated man, you surely don't believe in ghosts?
Billy: I only ...
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Long lost Gilligan's Island episode?
13 May 2003 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

A real B-movie, with its intentions being that much bigger than its miniscule budget, DEATH CURSE OF TARTU is a fun flick to watch. It's not inept enough to be considered a PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE kind of movie but there are so many moments when it almost reaches the point of PLAN 9 that those who love really bad movies will like watching this one. For instance, the crocodile (or is it an alligator?) running after the screaming bimbo, who runs for several miles, only to have the croc right behind her. I didn't know crocs could run that fast. The living Tartu walking around with skin colored tights has to be seen to be believed. And the acting is uniformly bad. Hearing the drums every time Tartu started his killings reminded me of Gilligan's Island, which, in an odd way, sorta befits this unintentional comedy.

DEATH CURSE OF TARTU is available on Something Weird DVD and makes a great double feature with STING OF DEATH.

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