"The Never-Everglades"

Films: Death Curse of Tartu (1966)

Alias: None

Type: Mystical

Location: Swamp

Height/Weight: That of an average human (usually).

Affiliation: Neutral, leaning on Evil

Summary: Welcome back to Florida for some more cheap-budget monster action! You've seen a killer man-jellyfish, but now here's something you REALLY didn't expect. An ancient zombie Indian shapeshifter!

History: Long ago when Seminole witch doctor Tartu was laid to rest in a swamp, he cursed the area so that if it were ever disturbed, he would rise from the dead to kill the intruders. So of course, a bunch of rowdy teens would come and wake him from his beauty sleep. Uh oh...

Notable Kills: See Powers/Abilities for more info.

Final Fate: After killing all but two of the intruders, they get chased by the vengeful being...only for him to get shoved into quicksand and get swallowed by the Earth. A bit shortsighted, that idea for a burial ground, Tartu.

Powers/Abilities: Tartu is a master of shapeshifting. He can transform into a python, an alligator, an adder, a shark, and his original healthy self.

Weakness: His tomb says only Mother Earth can bring him down. See his Final Fate again for clarity.

Scariness Factor: 3.5-Tartu as a zombie is pretty ugly, but being a jack of all aces when it comes to emulating the deadly beasts of the swamp makes him a stand-out among the undead. With that said, that scene with him as the adder was unintentionally funny. Where'd they get that snake toy?

Trivia: -The Seminole are a Native American tribe that originated from Florida. They are a mixture of different tribes from other areas, and their name is a play on the Spanish word for "wild one".

-Yes, there are sharks in the Everglades. Specifically, belligerent, fresh-water loving bull sharks.

Image Gallery

Tartu, you don't look so good.

What did you expect?! This is Florida.

Giant snakes in Florida? I can't help but feel like this is foreshadowing.
The Toxic Avenger of the Everglades!