Killer sharks and human jellyfish and living mummies, oh my! Arrow Video is proud to present the first ever collection of works by William Wild Bill Grefé, the maverick filmmaker who braved the deep, dark depths of the Florida everglades to deliver some of the most outrageous exploitation fare ever to go-go dance its way across drive-in screens.
Whiskey Mountain (1977) Bill (Christopher George), Dan (Preston Pierce), Diana (Roberta Collins) and Jamie (Linda Borgeson), four motorcyclists who arrived at Whiskey Mountain for a treasure hunt, are terrorized in the woods by a gang of murderous hillbilly drug dealers.
They Came from the Swamp (Extended Cut) (2020) Savage. Sadistic. Thrill hungry. When it came to independent filmmaking in the sunshine state, William Grefé was the wildest of the wild. Now, the untold story of Florida's most daring moviemaker comes to the screen.
Only Whiskey Mountain on this disk - very poor sound quality
- Whiskey Mountain / They Came from the Swamp (Extended Cut) review by NK
I stuck with this film right to the end, mainly out of nostalgia - it reminded me of the trashy 'B' movies my friends and I used to see on the late show at the local flea pit. The scenery is quite stunning and, as a teenager, I know I would have enjoyed all the footage of our heroes riding their trail bikes through the wilderness (accompanied by banjo/fiddle music) and getting into scrapes with local hillbillies and law enforcement. The plot is quite lame, the sort of thing you'd expect on an episode of The Dukes of Hazzard, albeit with a deadlier outcome. The action scenes are unconvincing, especially (spoiler alert!) when the hero gets shot several times but just walks it off.
The sound quality is dreadful. I can't tell if it has just deteriorated with age, although I suspect it was never very good. Half the time you can't hear what people are saying, although from context you can tell that they're probably not saying anything that matters much.
I won't be going out of my way to watch any more of William Grefe's output.
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