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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Death Curse Of Tartu (1966)

Starring Fred Pinero, Babette Sherrill, Bill Marcus, Mayra Gomez, Sherman Hayes
Directed by William Grefe
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

While investigating an Indian burial ground, an archaeologist and his students find themselves in danger from the vengeful spirit of an ancient witch doctor.

We have here an efficient little chiller on a small budget from writer/director William Grefe, not quite as fun as his earlier effort Sting Of Death, but still very watchable and entertaining.  Although there's not much new or different, and the mixture between deadly animal footage and Grefe's actors is a bit too limited for true dramatic effect, I still enjoyed it.  Set and filmed in the Florida Everglades, the real-life scenery transports you there, and an energetic battle with the witch doctor at the climax makes up for some slow-moving scenes earlier in the film.

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