John and his girlfriend Shirley go in search of a cemetary in order to inspire John for writing his next horror story. After they crash the car, they wander into the graveyard and encounter... See full summary »
John and his girlfriend Shirley go in search of a cemetary in order to inspire John for writing his next horror story. After they crash the car, they wander into the graveyard and encounter the dancing dead, a full moon spectacle overseen by the Ruler of the Dark. Before long the couple is spotted and taken prisoner. Tied to stakes and forced to watch the dancing, they await their fate. Written by
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I am Criswell. For years, I have told the almost unbelievable, related the unreal and showed it to be more than a fact. Now I tell a tale of the threshold people, so astounding that some of you may faint. This is a story of those in the twilight time. Once human, now monsters, in a void between the living and the dead. Monsters to be pitied, monsters to be despised. A night with the ghouls, the ghouls reborn from the innermost depths of the world.
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This film has gained some fame in recent years for the fact it has a script by Ed Wood. Trust me folks, Ed Wood sex films are dull. He had no interest in them, and they were merely a way of paying the rent. That means the bizarre, hilarious, and unique dialog that can be found in "Glen or Glenda" or "Plan 9 From Outer Space" are no where to be found. The film is about a horror writer and his wife whose car breaks down. They are subjected to an hour of incredibly dull stripper sequences in a graveyard. These strip scenes and dull and unerotic (even by 60s sexploitation standards). The woman aren't even really good looking (with the exception of Pat Barrington). You will find yourself most likely fast-forwarding through these scenes like I eventually did.
However, there is one plus note to this film which almost makes it worth watching. If you enjoyed Criswell camping it up, you'll enjoy the film when hes on camera. He seems to be blotto out of his mind, reciting some of the most bizarre and fragmentary dialog ever on screen. His delivery of the lines and lack of any known talent will crack you up. He is on screen for only a short amount of time, so if you do rent this, fast-forward to when he's present. The mummies and werewolves are amusing enough for a brief amount of time. For the fifteen minutes of this film that aren't devoted to striptease, its an amusingly campy affair. When the stripping starts though, it becomes incredibly dull. Rent it if you are extremely curious, but certainly not worth buying. The three classic Wood films ("Glen or Glenda", "Bride of the Monster", and "Plan 9 From Outer Space") are hilarious and surreal must-sees for any cult film fan. Alas, this isn't a lost Wood classic as some companies have hyped it up to be.
On a side note, Ed's sexploitation and later hardcore pornography years aren't mentioned in the Tim Burton film "Ed Wood". The book on which the film is based is called "Nightmare In Ecstasy" by Rudolph Grey. It is a collection of interviews with those close to Ed, and is highly recommended. His later years in life making films like this were heartbreaking. (3/10)
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