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Night of the Ghouls
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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 ›
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I held off buying this movie because of some poor reviews. Bought it mainly because Kenne Duncan was in it. Boy, was I surprised. So what if Criswell speaks from a casket. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Stargazer
As a Bela Lugosi fan I bought Bride of the Monster years ago and it's still one of my favorite movies despite the bad reviews. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bela
Another gawd-awful Ed Wood concoction from the late 50's. Sort of a sequel to Bride of the Monster. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Celia Trimboli
NIGHT OF THE GHOULS is the final installment in Ed Wood jr.'s magnificent horror trilogy, which also includes PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE and BRIDE OF THE MONSTER. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
I thought plan 9 from outer space was bad, this one is much worse and laughable.Published 17 months ago by John's Irish