The wait is over! The DVD premiere of the ALL-NEW feature-length documentary, “THEY CAME FROM THE SWAMP: THE FILMS OF WILLIAM GREFÉ”, rises from the depths of the Florida Everglades in an extended ROADSHOW version. Available to own on April 19th, 2016!
THEY CAME FROM THE SWAMP
Introducing the first LIMITED EDITION DVD release from Ballyhoo Home Entertainment!
Savage! Sadistic! Thrill hungry! 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! Produced and directed by DANIEL GRIFFITH (“THE FLESH AND THE FURY: X-POSING TWINS OF EVIL” and “IT WAS A COLOSSAL TEENAGE MOVIE MACHINE: THE AIP STORY”). Running time: 126 Minutes
This Limited Edition (1,000) two-disc set features over THREE hours of bonus materials, including the 1977 film, “WHISKEY MOUNTAIN” (in WIDESCREEN for the first time on home video)! Other features include a NEW documentary short on the history of CROWN INTERNATIONAL, 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 documentary filmmaker Daniel Griffith!
This is the first in a series of LIMITED EDITION feature documentary releases from Ballyhoo Motion Pictures, and is only available at the Ballyhoo Midway online store (http://www.ballyhoomotionpictures.com/store.html)! Visit the official William Grefé documentary website for more details (www.theycamefromtheswamp.com).
William Grefé is the director of “CHECKERED FLAG”, “RACING FEVER”, “DEATH CURSE OF TARTU”, “STING OF DEATH”, “WILD REBELS” (riffed on “MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000”), “HOOKED GENERATION”, “THE NAKED ZOO”, “STANLEY”, “IMPULSE”, “THE GODMOTHERS”, “MAKO: THE JAWS OF DEATH”, and “WHISKEY MOUNTAIN”.
Special Thanks to Something Weird Video and Crown International Pictures.