Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Killer Catfish Highlights Horror Fest! Zaat Returns! to 5 Points Theatre

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Killer Catfish Highlights Horror Fest! Zaat Returns! to 5 Points Theatre

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Byline: Matt Soergel

It has a name already: "Darn Monster."

But Don Barton isn't going to reveal any more details about the long-awaited (well, by some) sequel to "Zaat."

For that, you're going to have to see "Zaat" Monday night at the 5 Points Theatre.

Barton promises all the details then.

But we're guessing that "Darn Monster" will tell us what's happened in the 40 years since the mad scientist-turned-walking-mutant-catfish slipped into the Atlantic Ocean after terrorizing good ol' boys, hippies and girls in bikinis all across Northeast Florida.

"We'll have a little program at the conclusion of the movie. We'll introduce a few members of the cast, a few key crew members, then I'll introduce my concept for a sequel, in as few words as possible," said Barton.

"Then I'll say: 'What do you think? You all want a movie, don't you?'"

Given the rapid nature of the cult movie's fans, we here at Jack headquarters assume that's going to be answered in the affirmative.

"So then we'll go out and try to generate some investment income. It's a crazy game," said Barton.

He thinks it's a game he and the giant catfish - which lives, by the way, in his garage (true story) - can win.

"I think there's a market out there for a little twist of horror," Barton said, "a little twist of creature."

More info: zaatmovie.com.

WARNING!!

Ever heard of INPIT? That's the organization that sent good-looking people in orange jumpsuits to look into the mysterious catfish sightings. INPIT, of course, stands for the Inter-Nations Phenomena Investigation Team.

WHAT'S MY NAME?

"Zaat" goes by many names. It has also been released as "Attack of the Swamp Creature," "Blood Waters of Dr. Z," "Hydra" and "Legend of the Zaat Monster."

BY THE NUMBERS

Visitors to imdb.com, a comprehensive movie website, voted "Zaat" the 15th worst movie of all time, with a score of 1.6 on a 0-to-10 scale. As recently as 2009, "Zaat" was seventh on the list, but some real stinkers have displaced it. …

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