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Night of the Ghouls
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Undercover ghostchaser Duke Moore investigates a mysterious medium (Keene Duncan) who fleeces relatives of the dead by fake channeling with the beyond. But beware--the night is alive with ghouls! Titanic 400 lb. Tor Johnson, Vampira-wannabe Valda Hansen, the ever-clever psychic Criswell (whose predictions are always 100% wrong) and the irrepressible comedy of Kelton the Cop (Paul Marco) are all here in this return to the great days of the gothic horror shockers that thrilled Ed Wood as a child. "Night of the Ghouls" is a must for all "Woodheads" and marks the end of an era for this unique filmmaker. You have to see it to believe it!
"For many years I have told the almost unbelievable, related the unreal, and showed it to be more than fact," drones Ed Wood's favorite host, platinum-coifed "psychic" Criswell, from his coffin. More than fact, possibly, but less than credible and rather far from competent--but then that's why we watch Wood's movies. This pseudosequel to Bride of the Monster refers back to the story of a mad scientist and his monster often enough, but this time the old house is home to a phony spiritualist named Dr. Acula (former B-movie heavy Kenne Duncan) bilking thousands from rich, gullible clients. Opera-loving Lieutenant Bradford (Duke Moore) is sent out in his tuxedo to investigate and tangles with the scarred, angora-loving brute Lobo (Tor Johnson, the only survivor from Bride of the Monster), while the real dead rise to take their revenge on the charlatan Acula. It's a true Wood production, shot on cramped sets the size of a closet and filled with unrelated stock footage (the prologue is dedicated to the dangers of juvenile delinquency because Wood had leftover scenes from an unfinished film). The part of Acula was originally written for Bela Lugosi, whose hamminess would have brought a touch of theatrical camp to the part, but Criswell's inflated narration adds just the right touch of histrionics. It's not as much absurd fun as Bride of the Monster or Wood's masterpiece Plan 9 from Outer Space, but it has its moments. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Night of the Ghouls" starts with Wood regular Criswell in a coffin (big surprise) rambling on with verbal compost such as "For many years I have told you the almost unbelievable, related to the unreal, and showed to be more than fact." Just when that is sinking in, we get sidetracked on a ten minute plot cul-de-sac about juvenile delinquency ("Is this the major horror of our times?") illustrated with a scandalous sock hop and fist fight sequence. Logically this, of course, leads to a narrated discussion on statistics of motor vehicle accidents (watch for a cameo of Ed Wood himself as a crash victim) as kept by the National Safety Council. Huh?
All this may lead you to ask, "Yes, but where are the ghouls?", and a fair question that is. We finally get to see a woman in a gauzy dress looking for all the world like a bad Stevie Nicks impersonator, frighten two very hammy old actors with her terrifying fingernails. I refer to her as the Budget Zombie, and once you've seen the movie, you will understand why. Thank goodness Wood regular Kelton the cop (Paul Marco) is on the case along with Lieutenant Daniel Bradford, professional ghost chaser. (That's the movie's actual words, honest.Read more ›
Once again Wood wears multiple hats as writer, producer and director of another awful but fun "horror" movie.
The story takes place in the small town of Willow Lake, where in the now familiar creepy old house Lugosi's successor, a mad Swami named Dr Acula (Kenne Moore) is raising the dead from their graves- one of which is a man in a cape with a high neck which is supposed to make him appear headless!- and setting them on juvenile delinquents, kids who do nothing worse than rock 'n roll dancing. Enter bumbling police Captain Robbins (John Carpenter- not the director) to try and make sense of and put an end to the madness, once and for all. But inside the house he has to contend with joke shop skeletons which are seated at the dining room table and possessed floating trumpets that play by themselves; as well as taking part in Acula's seance to raise the dead: the conjured spirit turns out to just be a guy covered by a bedsheet! Wood's attempt at a climactic plot twist is just as awful as the rest of the movie... which is good. Right?
What makes Wood's movies so funny is that he always made them with serious intentions, here he tries to tackle "serious" subjects such as the aforementioned delinquency and road deaths, the results of which are (naturally) inept and wholly innocuous.Read more ›
The DVD looks incredibly sharp and clear, and is easily the best looking of the Wade Williams Ed Wood DVD releases (of course, this had undamaged source material.) The menus are neat, too.
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At the beginning of the movie when Ed is making use of his juvenile delinqents stock footage, check out the victim of the car that crashes off the cliff, thats Ed Wood himself... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004 by Robert M. Johnson
You gotta love this guy: He is the Wile E. Coyote of filmdom: He got battered at every turn;rejected by mainstream Hollywood,but he never gave up. Read morePublished on May 20 2002 by ellafan
Very good Ed Wood effort. Its not on the same level as some of his earlier work like Bride of the Monster, Glen or Glenda, or Plan 9 from Outer Space (which is one of those films... Read morePublished on Jan. 31 1999 by firstname.lastname@example.org