“HE CAME FROM THE SWAMP: THE WILLIAM GREFE COLLECTION”— A Maverick Filmmaker

“HE CAME FROM THE SWAMP: THE WILLIAM GREFE COLLECTION”

A Maverick Filmmaker

Amos Lassen

I had no ides what to expect as I sat down to watch the four disc collection, “He Came from the Swamp”. I had no idea who William Grefe was and as I watched the first film, I thought to myself that this was going to be a collection of campy films that I would soon forget. Yes, some of the films are indeed campy but they are also great fun. We see killer sharks and human jellyfish and living mummies and a lot of outrageous exploitation fare. The movies are  Grefé s most outlandish features and all new to Blu-ray. Taken together we get “a macabre menagerie of demented jellyfish men (Sting of Death), zombified witch doctors (Death Curse of Tartu), homicidal hippies (The Hooked Generation) and seductive matrons (The Naked Zoo) not to mention the ubiquitous go-go dancing college kids to create one of the most wildly entertaining box-sets of all time!”

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

  Seven William Grefé films, all newly restored from the best surviving film elements: Sting of Death (1966), Death Curse of Tartu (1966), The Hooked Generation (1968), The Psychedelic Priest (1971), The Naked Zoo (1971), Mako: Jaws of Death (1976) and Whiskey Mountain (1977)

  Brand new, extended version of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures definitive documentary They Came from the Swamp: The Films of William Grefé

  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations on 4 Blu-ray discs

  Original uncompressed mono audio for all films

  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

  Fully illustrated collector s booklet featuring an extensive, never-before-published interview with William Grefé and a new foreword by the filmmaker

  Reversible poster featuring newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil

  Reversible sleeves featuring newly commissioned artwork for each of the films by The Twins of Evil

STING OF DEATH (1966) + DEATH CURSE OF TARTU (1966)

  Brand new introductions to the films by director William Grefé

  Archival audio commentaries for both films with William Grefé and filmmaker Frank Henenlotter

  Sting of Death: Beyond the Movie Monsters a-Go Go! a look into the history of rock ‘n’ roll monster movies with author/historian C. Courtney Joyner

  The Curious Case of Dr. Traboh: Spook Show Extraordinaire a ghoulish look into the early spook show days with monster maker Doug Hobart

  Original Trailers

  Still and Promotion Gallery

THE HOOKED GENERATION (1968) + THE PSYCHEDELIC PRIEST (1971)

  Archival audio commentaries for both films with director William Grefé and filmmaker Frank Henenlotter

  Hooked Generation behind-the-scenes footage

  Hooked Generation Original Trailer

  Still and Promotion Gallery

THE NAKED ZOO (1971) + MAKO: JAWS OF DEATH (1976)

  William Grefé s original Director s Cut of Naked Zoo

  Alternate Barry Mahon re-release cut of Naked Zoo

  Original Mako: Jaws of Death Trailer and Promo

  Still and Promotion Gallery

WHISKEY MOUNTAIN (1977) + THEY CAME FROM THE SWAMP: EXTENDED CUT (2020)

  Whiskey Mountain Original Trailer

  Still and Promotion Gallery

  They Came from the Swamp: The Films of William Grefé the definitive documentary presented for the first in High-Definition and in a brand new, extended cut

Extras subject to change