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Bride & The Beast

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  • Actors: Charlotte Austin, Lance Fuller, Johnny Roth, William Justine, Gil Frye
  • Directors: Adrian Weiss
  • Writers: Adrian Weiss, Edward D. Wood Jr.
  • Producers: Adrian Weiss
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Retro Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 25, 2002
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000687F7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bride & The Beast" on IMDb

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Surfink on July 7, 2002
Format: DVD
Bride and the Beast, co-produced by Adrian Weiss (ex B-movie editor/producer) and (father?) Lewis Weiss (ex silent and cheapie western producer), and scripted by Edward D. Wood Jr., never really replicates the manic delirium of Wood's directorial efforts (Plan 9, Glen or Glenda, Night of the Ghouls, etc.) Unlike those films, the fun here results not so much from breathless incompetence as from the ludicrousness of the overall concept. Bride and the Beast is a campy, immensely entertaining melange of jungle thrills, domestic melodrama, and past-life regression/reincarnation hokum, with a touch of implied bestiality thrown in to give it that Woodian je ne sais quoi. Lance Fuller moves up from his supporting role in the equally enjoyable jungle-horror opus Voodoo Woman to star as Dan Fuller, big-game hunter, who returns home to his jungle "mansion" with newlywed bride Laura, played by gorgeous, sultry Charlotte Austin (Gorilla at Large, Daddy Long Legs, Frankenstein 1970). Johnny Roth is houseboy/guide Taro, one of those Natives of Indeterminate Ethnic Makeup (apparently a member of that B-movie caste who refer to white men as "bwana," Taro's skin color varies throughout, he has Caucasian features, and wears a turban). Veteran monkey-suiters Steve Calvert and Ray "Crash" Corrigan play the gorillas. The excitement starts as soon as the honeymoon begins: Laura reveals her fur fetish to Dan; she and his full-grown pet gorilla, Spanky, are strangely affected/attracted by each other; Laura has disturbing dreams about gorillas; Spanky breaks out of his cage during a thunderstorm to menace (?) her; Dan awakes, shoots and kills Spanky, then later takes Laura to a shrink who hypnotically regresses her and determines that she was a gorilla in a previous life!Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 31, 2006
Format: DVD
Laura Carson (Charlotte Austin) has just married big game hunter Dan Fuller (Lance Fuller.) On her wedding night she finds herself strangely attracted to Spanky, a gorilla gone bad that Dan keeps locked up in a basement cage. Before you can say "Ed Wood wrote this," there are gun shots, nightmares, hypnotism, and Dan's unhappy discover that bride Laura may be the reincarnation of a gorilla queen! Can you dig it?

Now and then a bad movie becomes unintentionally hilarious, but most of the time bad movies are simply bad. BRIDE AND THE BEAST actually teeters between the two, and this is largely due to the two leads: even in the face of producer-director Adrian Weiss' obvious lack of talent, Austin and Fuller prove unexpectedly competent, and they actually manage to hold the worst of the dialogue at bay. What this means, however, is that BRIDE never self-destructs in the ludicrous way of such films as PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE--and in consequence it isn't so much unintentionally hilarious as it is unintentionally amusing in a mild sort of way.

The film is full of absurdities. Dan Fuller's basement, where the ill-fated gorilla Spanky is caged, has a refrigerator, but illumination is provided by torch. Servant Taro (Johnny Roth, in what seems to be his only film role) is very obviously a white man in bad "native" make-up; he runs around saying "Bwana" a lot. There is a lot of canned wild animal footage, shots of Africa that look suspiciously like shots of South America, and men in bad gorilla costumes. And Ed Wood being Ed Wood, he just can't resist writing references to angora sweaters into the script.

The print is mediocre, but it is worth pointing out that it was probably never very good to begin with, and the DVD release comes with several bonuses of no interest.
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Yes, its two stars, and yes, I know all of Ed Wood's movies are bad. Usually that's why I love them, since the entertainment level is so much higher than so many other crappy movies. I love Plan 9, Bride of the Monster, etc so much that I started getting his lesser known 50's flicks (I'm stopping there though, I'm not gonna touch his more "adult" films, for obvious reasons) to see if they retain the same quality of entertainment his more famous works are known for. I happily report that "The Violent Years" is hysterically funny, and I can only imagine it being even better it would be if Wood had directed instead of just writing the script.

"Bride and the Beast" also written-but-not-directed by Wood, unfortunately does not live up/down to Ed Wood's usual standards, nor even have the same charm "The Violent Years" had. Why? Because even though there are traces if idiotic dialogue and the plot itself is completely loopy its also accompanied by decent acting (oddly enough making more than the usual amount of dialogue actually work) and a HUGE safari sequence that is literally 40+ minutes of various, locationally-inaccurate stock footage. You can literally take a nap of decent length at the half-hour mark, wake up, and not have missed anything worth seeing.

I've seen everything Wood did from "Glen or Glenda" up to "The Sinister Urge" and this movie is by a large margin the least entertaining Ed Wood film that I've seen. If you're a Wood completist, you probably already know about this one. If you're just a fan of old, awesomely crappy movies, this one doesn't deliver nearly enough of the goods to be worth seeing even once. If you need a good, obscure Ed Wood flick, "The Violent Years" is the way to go. If you need a so-bad-its-good gorilla movie, try "Konga" on for size, its way more fulfilling to the B-movie lover than this bore-fest.
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