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Final Curtain (1957)

| Short, Horror
After a horror play's final performance, The Vampire roams the theater.

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Dudley Manlove ...
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Jeannie Stevens ...
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After a horror play's final performance, The Vampire roams the theater.

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Final Curtain was widely believed to be a lost film until a copy was tracked down and recovered by Jason Insalaco, great-nephew of actor Paul Marco who had appeared in several Ed Wood projects. The restored film was premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival on January 23, 2012. See more »

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Featured in Night of the Ghouls (1959) See more »

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Pretty good Wood
26 August 2016 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

Go in understanding this is basically a story or radio play read while an actor reacts and searches through an empty theater. The fact that it was shot at a real, at the time, abandoned theater helps greatly as does Woods good choices of stock music to support the voice over and visuals.

For all that it is kind of creepy and moody--the crazed voice over somehow works with the purposefully twisty words. Wood keeps the visual pace pretty fast as well as far as the editing goes. The acting and voice over are pretty stagey but given the stage setting Wood gets away with this too---it has a legitimate camp value in the true meaning of the word.

Nice final shot too--by the way.

Some of what people love/hate Wood for is really the fact that he almost never had enough money to pull off a film that was slick enough to not have distracting--or at times-hilarious--low budget defects.

With this movie the fact that it's so limited in scope prevents total low budget lapses--for the most part.

If you like CARNIVAL OF SOULS and or DAUGHTER OF HORROR this has some of the effectiveness and mood of those--though this is a short not a feature.

If you like Wood--because you like him or like him because you think he sucks, let's face it you won't want to miss this and should not miss it.


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