Death Curse of Tartu / Sting of Death

Death Curse of Tartu / Sting of Death

DVD (Dolby 5.1 / Mono)


This DVD is a great, even dazzling, treatment of two terrible movies and the man who made them, appended with tons of cheap cinematic thrills. Director William Grefe walks us through both Sting of Death and Death Curse of Tartu with an amused air of detachment, freely admitting to mistakes that derived from his lack of money or just plain oversights on his part, as well as the spur-of-the-moment decisions that were made just to get the the latter movie made in the first place, and to meet a distributor's deadline. He freely admits to a directorial technique that was built upon photographing the most anatomically appealing actresses he could find in their most anatomically appealing poses -- this is more important than good special effects or a decent script -- in gratuitous dance sequences and other memorable moments. Grefe can probably take credit -- as he presumes to here -- for discovering the relationship between sexually active teens (well, twentysomethings) and violent screen deaths, a full decade before John Carpenter's Halloween. Among the choicer additional bonus features is the presence of scenes from the "lost" film Love Goddesses of Blood Island, which is a babes, sex, and gore parody of Wonder Woman, made by the same producer who handled that end of Grefe's movies; and the appropriately entitled short "Miami or Bust," which starts out as a straight travelogue and ends with a striptease. There are also trailers for a half-dozen Grefe-directed movies, including the snake thriller Stanley. Both feature films have been transferred with embarrassingly good quality, in the color correction and the image density and brightness, and the sound is good enough to show off the flaws in the original shooting. The disc opens automatically to a multi-layer menu that is ridiculously easy to maneuver around.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2001
UPC: 0014381080025
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Image Entertainment
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 2:44:00

Special Features

Digitally remastered; Audio commentary by director William Grefé; William Grefé trailers for: Death Curse of Tartu, The Jaws of Death, Racing Fever, Stanley, Sting of Death, and The Wild Rebels; Sing along with Neil Sedaka with the enclosed lyrics to "The Jellyfish Song"; Almost 30 minutes of rare scenes from Sting of Death producer Richard S. Flink's glamour-girls-and-gore exploitation epic Love Goddeses of Blood Island; Bonus theatrical featurette: "Miami or Bust"; Gallery of horror drive-in exploitation art; Horrordrama radio-spot rarities

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Titles [4:25]
2. Finding a Clue [5:16]
3. Touched by the Curse [9:13]
4. Superstition [6:50]
5. C'mon! [4:26]
6. One Groovy Jungle [11:30]
7. Shark Attack! [6:35]
8. A Scientific Explanation [5:56]
9. Snake Attack! [5:22]
10. Searching for the Burial Site [7:47]
11. Alligator Attack! [6:45]
12. Prophecy Fulfilled [5:53]
Side #1 -- Sting of Death
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Title [4:40]
2. Island Getaway [9:18]
3. Mysterious Deaths [5:18]
4. Party! [7:39]
5. Do The Jellyfish [9:03]
6. Party Crasher [3:16]
7. The Next Victim [5:09]
8. Looking for Donna [6:26]
9. Getting Burned in the Shower [7:32]
10. Kidnapping Miss Karen [4:15]
11. Secret Laboratory [9:42]
12. Man Vs.Jellyfish [11:45]

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Death Curse of Tartu / Sting of Death 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ChandlerSwain More than 1 year ago
This pair of William Grefe Florida-produced horror films are for those with a taste for regional drive-in trash, but even their patience may be tested by the limp narratives featured on this double-feature DVD. "Death Curse of Tartu" concerns the unearthing of a sacred burial cave and the subsequent deaths of the violating party (usually by extremely slow moving serpents). "Sting of Death" portrays a loner who by some scientific process seeming to involve the use of dime store lab equipment transforms himself into a giant walking jellyfish (complete with scuba suit flipper feet and giant transparent inflated trash bag for a head). The films aspire to "it's so bad it's good" status but are too inert, though as presented on this DVD each film is so crisp and colorful they almost look more professional than they are. And what Neil Sedaka is doing writing something called "The Jellyfish Song" is a mystery. Each film is accompanied by an audio commentary with filmmaker Grefe that is slightly more interesting than the partnered features. Mainly for those who enjoy watching screaming girls wading through swamp water; not one of Madison Avenue's largest demographics.