|THE SINISTER URGE (director/writer: Ed Wood Jr.; cinematographer: William Thompson; editor: ; music: Manuel Francisco; cast: Kenne Duncan (Lt. Carson), Jean Fontaine (Gloria Henderson), Carl Anthony (Johnny Ryde), Duke Moore (Sgt. Randy Stone), Dino Fantini (Dirk Williams), Jeanne Willardson (Mary Smith), Harry Keatan (Jaffe); Runtime: 82; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Ed Wood Jr.; Admit One VHS (Passport); 1960)|
amusing film for those who prefer bad films
over good ones."
by Dennis Schwartz
amusing film for those who prefer bad films over
good ones. Fans of the celebrated maven of bad
film-making, the revered today infamous director of
Plan 9, should get a charge out of this Ed Wood Jr.
("Orgy of the Dead"/"The Transvestite"/"Bride of
the Monster") exploitation crime thriller. It's that
Woodsian, as it covers the porn racket.
three girl models posing nude for girlie mags are
killed, the crime is investigated by Lt.
Carson (Kenne Duncan). The violent crime annoys
society furthermore because the pornographers
are distributing their illicit smut to high school
kids in ice cream parlors. The plan by the police is
to rid the community of smut and nab the killer. The
police thereby raid all porn studios and try to bring
in the biggest porn racketeer, linked to the mob, the
porn queen Gloria Henderson (Jean
We learn through
the sleazy porn director's (Carl
Anthony) warning to Gloria,
that the killer is her sex-crazed psychopath
henchman (Dino Fantini).
These three misfits turn against each other, and
after two are mistakenly killed the police arrest
the porn queen and thereby the community is rid of
This obscure slight film was shot in four days and on a shoe-string budget. It's ineptly shot and acted, which only adds to its perverse charm.
REVIEWED ON 9/23/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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