Dukey Flyswatter

Dukey Flyswatter

Flyswatter as Mengele in Surf Nazis Must Die
Born Michael David Sonye
(1954-04-22) April 22, 1954
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, musician
Years active 1975–present

Michael David Sonye (pronounced /ˈsən/, born April 22, 1954), best known by his stage name Dukey Flyswatter, is an American actor, screenwriter and musician, recognized for his work on numerous low-budget B movies and as singer for the Los Angeles horror punk band Haunted Garage.



Sonye first began acting as a teenager in community theatre, where at one point he received improvisation lessons from Del Close.[1] His earliest screen credit came in 1975, when he worked as a script doctor on a draft of the screenplay for the horror film Frozen Scream, which was famously listed as one of the original "video nasties"; though the film was not banned outright, it still remains unreleased in the United Kingdom.[2] Nearly a decade later, Sonye struck up a partnership with prolific low-budget director Fred Olen Ray. With Ray, Sonye penned the screenplays for his films Prison Ship and Commando Squad, both of which he acted in, and appeared in minor roles in films including The Tomb, Cyclone and Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers.

In 1987, Sonye wrote the screenplay for the campy horror comedy Blood Diner. A loose remake of the 1963 Herschell Gordon Lewis film Blood Feast, Blood Diner has since been dubbed a "cult classic" by horror fans and websites such as Dread Central,[3] HorrorNews.net[4] and GeekNation.[5] The same year, Sonye appeared in a co-starring role as the villainous Mengele in the infamous Troma-produced Surf Nazis Must Die, itself also considered a "cult classic", albeit as one of the worst movies ever made.[6] In 1988, he provided the voice of Uncle Impie, the primary puppet antagonist of David DeCoteau's Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama.

Since the 1990s, Sonye has mostly played cameos in smaller-budgeted independent horror films, though also appeared in a string of adult films playing comedic non-sex roles such as "The Clit Master" in the Extreme Associates film Terrors from the Clit and "P. T. Bone 'Em" in the superhero parody Super Quick 2, the latter of which earned him a nomination for "Best Non-Sex Performance – Film or Video" at the 2002 AVN Awards.[7] In 2004, Sonye had a major role playing fetish filmmaker Irving Klaw in the Bettie Page biopic Bettie Page: Dark Angel.


Flyswatter performing with Haunted Garage in March 2014.

In 1985, Sonye formed the horror punk/heavy metal band Haunted Garage in Los Angeles, where he filled the role of lyricist and lead singer at the behest of the band's bassist – as he recalled in a 2013 interview, "I hadn't done any singing, except [while] being drunk".[8] It was during the formation of the band that Sonye created his Dukey Flyswatter nickname and stage persona. Wanting to be an "Isaac Hayes/Escape from N.Y./Duke of LA-type character", he adopted the name "Dukey", while "Flyswatter" was suggested by a bandmate. As he said in a 2012 interview, "Michael Sonye was gone and Dukey Flyswatter stayed...Michael Sonye was the reserved one and Dukey Flyswatter was the persona, the artist, and he was really out there".[1]

Noted for their bloody and prop-filled live shows, irreverent B movie-inspired lyrics and Flyswatter's manic shock rock stage antics, Haunted Garage became a prominent fixture in the Los Angeles underground throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, recording music for and appearing onscreen in several low-budget horror films including Cyclone and Nightmare Sisters before eventually signing to Metal Blade Records to release their sole LP Possession Park in 1991.[9] Following their disbandment in 1993, Sonye sang in several other groups including the cross-dressing riot grrrrl parody band Fox Twat,[10] the Dead Kennedys tribute Hemorrhoid in Cambodia and the Dead Boys tribute Moronic Reducer, the latter of which was showcased in the 2001 tribute band documentary Tributary: A Study of an American Pop Culture Subculture.[11][12] More recently, Flyswatter has fronted another Dead Kennedys tribute band, the zombie-themed Undead Kennedys, which, in 2015, was ranked 14th on LA Weekly's Top 20 tribute bands in Los Angeles.[13]

After a series of one-off reunion shows spanning from 1995 to 2008, Haunted Garage re-formed in 2013 with an all new line-up, featuring Flyswatter as the only original member. In 2016, with producer Paul Roessler, the band released the EP Slenderman and Other Strange Tales, their first studio release in twenty five years.

Other endeavors

In 1991, Sonye made a cameo appearance in the music video for Green Jellÿ's "The Misadventures of Shitman", which was later released on their video tape Cereal Killer, and in 2013 he appeared in The Radioactive Chicken Heads' music video for their song "Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer", itself the theme to the 2012 horror comedy of the same name. In 1992, he appeared with Haunted Garage on The Montel Williams Show alongside Sean Brennan of London After Midnight in a special about gothic rock and the vampire subculture.[14] Sonye's eyeball is featured as the cover of Transmissions from Planet Awesome, a 1998 album by punk rock band ADZ, a side project of Adolescents singer Tony Cadena. ADZ additionally recorded a song called "Flyswatter" in tribute to Sonye which appeared on the 1999 compilation Odz 'n' Sodz.

Sonye is an avid fan and collector of vintage horror and exploitation cinema, and served as a creative consultant on Fred Olen Ray's 1985 Sleazemania!, a video compilation of exploitation trailers from the 1930s through the 1960s. He has written articles about horror and Halloween-related media and events for The Los Angeles Beat,[15] and has also written several unproduced scripts and projects, including having co-written a musical adaptation of Blood Feast with Johnny Angel Wendell which is currently seeking financing.[1][8]

At one point, a nude portrait of Flyswatter as Pan painted by lowbrow artist Stacy Lande was hung in the home of Clive Barker.[1][16]


As actor

Year Film Role Notes
1986 Cards of Death Shot on video feature film.
Prison Ship Krago AKA Star Slammer. Directed by Fred Olen Ray
The Tomb Waiter Directed by Fred Olen Ray
1987 Commando Squad Directed by Fred Olen Ray
Cyclone Haunted Garage Directed by Fred Olen Ray
Surf Nazis Must Die Mengele Directed by Peter George
1988 Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama Uncle Impie (the Imp) Directed by David DeCoteau
Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers Jake the Bartender Directed by Fred Olen Ray
Nightmare Sisters Omar Directed by David DeCoteau
The Phantom Empire Picnic Guy Directed by Fred Olen Ray
1989 Disgusting Space Worms Eat Everyone!! Ziegler Shot on video feature film.
Roller Blade Warriors: Taken By Force Karp Directed by Donald G. Jackson
1990 Dark Romances, Vol. 1 Nightmare Man
1993 Breakfast of Aliens Singer for Haunted Garage Directed by David Lee Miller
1995 Lord of Illusions Cultist Directed by Clive Barker
1998 Terrors from the Clit Clit Master Adult film. Directed by Rob Black
Zombie Toxin
1999 Cool Air Street Bum Short film based on H. P. Lovecraft's "Cool Air"
Debbie Does Damnation
2000 Callgirls Undercover 3 Adult film
2001 Terrors from the Clit 2 Clit Master Adult film
Super Quick 2 P. T. Bone 'Em Adult film. Nominated for Best Non-Sex Performance at the 2002 AVN Awards
Wally Wanker's Candy Fuctory Adult film
2002 Deathbed Ghost Man
2004 Bettie Page: Dark Angel Irving Klaw Directed by Nico B.
2006 Dorm of the Dead Alf
2009 The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Himself Mockumentary featured on several Friday the 13th DVDs.
2012 Reel Evil Homeless Man
2013 Lights Out Harry the Homeowner Short film
That $#!% Will Rot Your Brain: How the Monster Kids Transformed Popular Culture Himself Documentary on Shock Theater directed by Robert Tinnell

As screenwriter

Year Film Notes
1975 Frozen Scream with Doug Ferrin & Celeste Hammond
1986 Prison Ship Story by Sonye, Fred Olen Ray & Miriam L. Preissel
1987 Blood Diner
Cold Steel Story by Lisa M. Hansen, Dorothy Ann Puzo & Moe Quigley
Commando Squad
1989 Out on Bail with Tom Badal & Jason Booth

As composer

All with Haunted Garage.

Year Film
1987 Cyclone
1988 Nightmare Sisters
1990 Dark Romances, Vol. 2
2000 The Dead Hate the Living!
2009 Night of the Demons


See Haunted Garage#Discography


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