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Vinegar Syndrome specializes in the masterful restoration and distribution of cult, horror, and erotic films from the 1960s-90s.
From the mind of Ed Wood comes ORGY OF THE DEAD! Horror novelist John and his girlfriend Shirley are taking a night drive, in search of an eerie graveyard that will hopefully inspire John to come up with his next story, but instead stumble into the wild rituals conducted by The Dark Master and his faithful servants. Taken prisoner, they're forced to watch the shocking rites unfold as they await their fate!
Written by the venerable Ed Wood (GLEN OR GLENDA), directed by cult movie maverick, A.C. Stephen (FUGITIVE GIRLS), lighting and camera assistance from Ted V. Mikels (THE DOLL SQUAD) and starring Criswell (PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE), ORGY is a campy, sexy, and thoroughly outrageous gem from the height of the 'nudie cutie' period and is proudly presented by Vinegar Syndrome on Blu-ray for the first time in a brand new 2k restoration from the original 35mm camera negative!
1. Newly scanned and restored in 2k from the 35mm original camera negative
2. Commentary track with: Rudolph Grey (Ed Wood Biographer) and Frank Henenlotter (Exploitation Filmmaker)
3. "Impressions of Nadejda" - Interview with actress Nadejda Dobrev
4. "Orgy of the Ted" - Interview with Ted V. Mikels
5. Still gallery
6. Cover designed by Earl Kessler
7. Reversible cover artwork
8. English SDH Subtitles
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Released in June of 1965, "Orgy of the Dead" is a 92 minutes film that takes place in cemetery. The Emperor of the Night and his Black Ghoul mistress, entertain themselves by having various women dance post mortem. A hapless couple accidentally become privy to the scene, and are condemned to join the damned. Forced to watch as an Native American Indian maiden, a streetwalker hooker, a gold digger woman, a woman in a catsuit, a tortured slave girl, a Spanish dancer senorita, a tropical island girl, a new bride, a zombie girl, and a feathers / furs / & fluff woman dancer; all end up (one at a time) clad only in g-strings as they gyrate, wiggle, jiggle, and writhe at the command of Criswell and Fawn Silver.
This film is listed among the 100 most amusingly bad movies ever made and was given a golden raspberry award. The cape worn by Criswell is the same cape worn by Bela Lugosi in the "Bud Abbott & Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein" movie.
Basically Criswell and Fawn Silver emcee a recap of nine different lusty women from 1965 burlesque and go-go dancer acts. It isn't an orgy, and the only thing dead is the script. But you don't buy this DVD for acting, story, writing, continuity or for that matter even for directing or editing. What you watch this for is the women who dance 95% nude. I still don't think it qualifies as grindhouse sleaze, even though I will say I think that's what the producer and director were hoping for with the film's title. Most of Ed Wood's efforts get categorized that way I suppose. Cheesy and trashy? Yes. Five star excellence? That pivots upon what you expected when you decided to watch "Orgy of the Dead" and in that perspective, then yes. Meant to be a parody of horror films? Unfortunately, probably not. Women erotically dancing attractive? Six of them were actually very athletic, moved well, and should generate a rise in any male's Levi's. Frightening? It would be if I were 4 years old. I'm not 4 years old. So no.
This should have been one of the most popular cult films of horror / thriller genre in the 1960's, and I'm not able to think of ANY film made in the last ten years that can outdo what "Orgy of the Dead" delivers. It should be noted however that the girlfriend in the convertible named `Shirley' is played by the same actress / dancer who doubles as the gold digger woman; so all that was left for this movie to be great is for Fawn Silver (Black Ghoul mistress) to also similarly dance. Let's face it, this is one of a tosser's between-the-mattress-stash top ten DVD restorations. That's it.
The acting of the couple who are abducted and forced to watch the "Orgy Of The Dead" is some of the greatest wooden acting of all time. Anything else could be AS bad, but worse is not possible.
And all of this is topped off by snappy banter between the Wolf Man and The Mummy. You read that right. Must be experienced to be believed.
All in all, well worth it for an evening of family entertainment. Makes "Plan 9" look like "District 9," I kid you not. Enjoy.