1970s Shatner schlock coming to Tampa Theatre
Between his signature gigs as Capt. James T. Kirk and T.J. Hooker, William Shatner took any acting job he could find. One was a shoestring-budget shocker filmed right here in Tampa Bay.
Impulse is a 1974 release starring Shatner as Matt Stone, a shyster bilking widows out of their fortunes before killing them. One thing leads to another and Matt goes full Shatner with psychotic rage and guilt.
Regardless of the calendar math, Tampa Theatre is hosting a 40th anniversary showing of Impulse on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the movie's director, William Grefe. He'll discuss Shatner's work on the movie, including saving his co-star Harold "Odd Job" Sakata from being strangled while filming a hanging scene.
Grefe is also the director of such 70's exploitation flicks as Stanley (killer rattlesnakes), Mako: The Jaws of Death (killer sharks), and The Hooked Generation (killer drugs). I'm certain he'll be happy to discuss his oeurvre in ballyhood detail. The Q&A will be moderated by Joel D. Wynkoop, dubbed "the Christopher Lee of lower-case b-movies" in my recent Times article.
Tickets are $10 general admission, and $8 for Tampa Theatre members, available at the box office and tampatheatre.org.