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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Cult Filmmaker William Grefe Documentary Details

The documentary of one of cult cinema's most notorious filmmakers is set for release. "They Came From The Swamp" hits horror and cult film Fan's shelves on April 19th, 2016 exclusively on the Ballyhoo website. Read the press release below.

When it came to independent filmmaking in the sunshine state, William Grefé was the wildest of the wild! During the 1960s and ‘70s, the Miami-based producer/director transformed the darkest corners of the Florida swamps into his own personal backlot. From rampaging crocodiles possessed by an ancient Seminole witch doctor (DEATH CURSE OF TARTU) to a slithering serpent named STANLEY, William Grefé would grind out low-budget exploitation films for drive-ins and hardtops around the world. Now, without the benefit of cages or other protective devices, the untold story of Florida’s most daring moviemaker comes to the screen…IN PSYCHEDELIC COLOR!
Featuring over 20 interviews, including STEVE ALAIMO (“Wild Rebels”), DOUG HOBART (“Sting of Death”), GARY CRUTCHER (“Stanley”), RANDY GRINTER (“Whiskey Mountain”), CHRIS ROBINSON (“Stanley”), FRED OLEN RAY (”Scalps”), FRANK HENENLOTTER (“Basket Case”), JOHN DAVIS CHANDLER (“Hooked Generation” & “Mako”), DAVID F. FRIEDMAN (“She Freak”), and HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS (“Blood Feast”), plus a special guest appearance by WILLIAM SHATNER (“Star Trek”), this explosive documentary packs enough THRILLS, CHILLS, and GILLS to make your skin CRAWL! 
THEY CAME FROM THE SWAMP is a limited edition, 2 disc set featuring three hours of bonus material, including the 1977 film, WHISKEY MOUNTAIN (presented in Widescreen for the first time on home video). Other features include a NEW documentary short on the history of Crown International Pictures, two vintage William Grefé short films (one starring William Shatner), one vintage promo film, a special Legends Award intro from actor Bruce Campbell, deleted scenes, a William Grefé trailer gallery, still gallery and more! This collectible set will be released on April 19th, just in time for the Drive-In theater season!
Only $29.99 plus shipping. That’s not all! The first 100 copies sold will receive a FREE STANLEY insert booklet signed by William Grefé and Daniel Griffith! 
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