Impulse Starring William Shatner With Live Q&A With Director William Grefe

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Shock, Schlock & Shatner... Superbness! “Can't figure out if this is a genius work of '70s shock & schlock cinema or just bad-to-the-bone filmmaking” - IMDb

Join us for one of William Shatner's forgotten masterpieces at 2pm Saturday, Nov. 7 followed by a live Q&A with the film's director, William Grefe!

Impulse (1974) directed by William Grefé and filmed in Tampa, FL (including identifiable shots at Busch Gardens.) It stars William Shatner (yes, Captain Kirk!), Harold "Odd Job" Sakata (from the James Bond movies), Ruth Roman and Jennifer Bishop (Mako: Jaws of Death, also directed by Grefé). A paranoid, leisure-suit-wearing conman/gigolo named Matt Stone seduces lonely women, bilks them of their savings via an investment scam, then kills them. When he begins seeing an attractive widow, her daughter Tina becomes suspicious of his motives.


William “Wild Bill” Grefé is one of the most-admired and talented filmmakers of the legendary Grindhouse era of cinema. Most of his pictures were made in sunny South Florida, making Bill Grefé an icon of Florida filmmaking.

After attending the University of Miami and serving in the Korean War, William Grefé began to write, produce and direct a pantheon of independently-produced features, all of which have become “cult classics”, starting with two teen thrill-rides: The Checkered Flag and Racing Fever.

In the ‘60s, Wild Bill solidified his stature as a leading exploitationeer with a triumphant trio of drive-in shockers: The Devil’s Sisters, Sting of Death, and Death Curse of Tartu, one of his best-known films.

With “nature-run-amok” movies popular in the ‘70s, Grefé capitalized on the movement with his signature film: Stanley, the slithering tale of a disassociated Vietnam Vet who possessed supernatural powers over rattlesnakes. In 1976 on the heels of the success of Jaws, Grefé directed Mako: Jaws of Death, which was another monster hit for the director.

As producer and director, Grefé worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including William Shatner in Impulse, Rita Hayworth in The Naked Zoo and Don Johnson in the acclaimed Cease Fire.
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