|NIGHT OF THE GHOULS (REVENGE OF THE DEAD) (director/writer: Ed Wood Jr.; cinematographer: William Thompson; editor: Ed Wood Jr; cast: Kenne Duncan (Dr. Acula), Tor Johnson (Lobo), Duke' Moore (Police Lieutenant Daniel Bradford), Valda Hansen (The White Ghost), John Carpenter (Police Captain Robbins), Criswell (Himself), Jeannie Stevens (The Black Ghost ), Paul Marco (PatrolmanKelton); Runtime: 69; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Ed Wood Jr; Image Entertainment (Rhino Home Video); 1959)|
directed by the ironically feted cult
film-maker Ed Wood Jr."
by Dennis Schwartz
directed by the ironically feted cult film-maker Ed
Wood Jr. ("Orgy of the Dead"/"Plan 9
From Outer Space"/"The Sinister Urge"). It's just
another one of his low-budget bad films that is
enjoyable because it's unintentionally funny
and has all his signature bad filming moments. It's
the long lost sequel to "Bride of the
Monster". The pic was unreleased for 25 years
because Wood couldn't pay the lab bills.
psychic Criswell emerges from a coffin to narrate the
film's horror tale.
East LA, the fake medium Dr Acula (Kenne
Duncan), his pretty assistant (Valda Hansen) and
the big brute Lobo (Tor Johnson, ex-wrestler)
work together in a con game seance scheme collecting
fees from a naive paying patron wanting to make
contact with his dead relatives. They unwittingly
raise the dead in a haunted farm house. There are
consequences for the fakes to pay for their misstep,
as the disturbed corpses exact revenge on those who
messed with their sleep.
Abbott and Costello pics of this ilk try hard to get laughs from such superficial material and often do not succeed despite good film-making techniques, while this incompetent film might have lovers of bad films rolling on the floor with laughter over such terrible acting.
REVIEWED ON 9/24/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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