The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
The fossilized hand of a “gill-man” sends a scientific expedition up the Amazon River, only to discover their fossil has a relative who’s alive and non sociable. While the Gillman (Ben Chapman) terrorized Kay Lawrence (Julie Adams) on a Hollywood soundstage, Ginger Stanley and Ricou Browning were filming the underwater scenes at Wakulla Springs.
Revenge of the Creature (1955)
Everglades, Jacksonville, Marineland, St. Johns River, Silver Springs
A second expedition up the Amazon succeeds where the first failed and captures the gillman. It is brought to an aquarium in Florida and promptly escapes into the Everglades with a side trip to pursue the heroine.
The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
Everglades, Fort Myers
The gillman is recaptured in the Everglades. After being burned in a horrific accident, it is discovered that the gillman has functional lungs and skin beneath its aquatic traits. But that doesn’t make it any happier with humanity.
Blood Feast (1963)
North Miami, Sunny Isles Beach
Director Herschell Gordon Lewis and producer David F. Friedman redefined the horror genre in 1963 with the introduction of onscreen gore. Fuad Ramses (Mal Arnold) is an Egyptian caterer recreating an ancient blood feast that will resurrect the goddess Ishtar. He begins killing young women for the various body parts.
Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (1972)
Virginia Key, Coral Grove
A troupe of actors visiting a graveyard on an island in Biscayne Bay to perform a necromantic ritual, a motivational exercise by the director (Alan Ormsby). Unfortunately, it is successful and now the cast is motivated to find a way through a graveyard filled with zombies between them and their boat.
Coral Gables, Miami
Paul Guell (William Baldwin) is a bartender at the Biltmore Bar. He also moonlights as the Blue Blood Killer, who has specializes in beheading Miami socialites. Now he has a problem. His identity is discovered by Gabriela (Angela Jones), a crime scene cleanup technician, obsessed with violent murders.
Day of the Dead (1985)
Fort Myers, Sanibel Island
George Romero transformed downtown Fort Myers into an abandoned city overrun by zombies. A ragtag group of scientists and militia attempt to survive in an underground facility but it’s difficult to tell if the zombies are a bigger threat than the factions within the survivors.
Frankenstein’s Bloody Nightmare (2006)
Dr. Victor Karlstein (John R. Hand) is crumbling under stress. The woman he loves has died under his care and his assistant, a walking computerized corpse, isn’t very efficient in stealing the parts he needs to rebuild her body. Equal parts horror and art film, Karlstein’s descent into madness is shown through grainy footage and over-saturized colors.
The Girl with the Hungry Eyes (1993)
Based loosely on a 1949 Fritz Leiber short story of the same name, the film opens in the 1937 SoBe hotel The Tides. The owner is model Louise Balfour (Christina Fulton), who discovers that her fiancé is swindling her. She hides the deed to her hotel and hangs herself in her room. In 1993, a freak lightning storm revives Louise as a vampire with a symbiotic connection to the derelict hotel. As she kills, the hotel begins to renovate itself. At the time of the filming, The Tides on Ocean Drive actually was vacant. It was renovated in 1997 and is now one of the crown jewels in the SoBe Art Deco district.
I Eat Your Skin (1964)
Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, Miami Beach
Del Tenney’s directed this film about swinging bachelor and bestselling author Tom Harris (William Joyce), dragged from his poolside harem on a trip to the uncharted Caribbean island to investigate rumors of zombies. Tenney was unable to find a distributor for six years until film distributor Jerry Gross bought it renamed it I Eat Your Skin to fit on a double bill with I Drink Your Blood (1970), in spite of the fact the films have nothing in common and Tenney’s film has no cannibalism in it.
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Dunnellon, Ocala, Reddick
Things go from bad to worse when Trish (Gina Philips) and Darry (Justin Long) decide to investigate what a mysterious stranger is dumping down a pipe near an abandoned church. Turns out the Creeper harvests replacement parts and nosy teens are prime candidates.
Everglades, Homosassa Springs, North Miami Beach
Tim Ochopee (Chris Robinson) is a young Seminole living alone at the edge of the swamp who is befriended by a rattlesnake named Stanley. The two of them battle against the white men that wrong Tim or attack snakes.