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Orgy of the Dead (1965)

 -  Fantasy | Horror  -  1 June 1965 (USA)
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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Criswell ...
The Emperor
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The Black Ghoul
Pat Barrington ...
Shirley / Gold Girl (as Pat Barringer)
William Bates ...
Bob
Mickey Jines ...
Hawaiian Dance
Barbara Nordin ...
Skeleton Dance
Bunny Glaser ...
Indian Dance
Nadejda Klein ...
Slave Dance (as Nadejda Dobrev)
Coleen O'Brien ...
Street Walker Dance
Lorali Hart ...
Cat Dance (as Texas Starr)
Rene De Beau ...
Fluff Dance
Stephanie Jones ...
Mexican Dance
Dene Starnes ...
Zombie Dance
Louis Ojena ...
John Andrews ...
The Wolfman / Giant
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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 Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The film that will satisfy every over-sexagesimal adult! See more »

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Fantasy | Horror

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1 June 1965 (USA)  »

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The cape worn by Criswell as The Emperor is the same cape worn by Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula in Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). See more »

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Criswell is obviously reading his opening monologue from cue cards. See more »

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[first lines]
The Emperor: 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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Occasionally funny, but boring also
12 February 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

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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