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Edward D. Wood Jr. (screenplay)
Edward D. Wood Jr. (novel)
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1 June 1965 (USA) See more »
A Masterpiece of Erotic Horror! See more »
John and his girlfriend Shirley go in search of a cemetary in order to inspire John for writing his next horror story... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Criswell ... The Emperor

Fawn Silver ... 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 ... The Mummy
John Andrews ... The Wolfman / Giant
Edward Tontini ... Doctor
William Bonner ... 2nd Doctor
Rod Lindeman ... Giant
John Bealey ... Detective
Arlene Spooner ... Nurse

Directed by
Stephen C. Apostolof  (as A.C. Stephen)
Writing credits
Edward D. Wood Jr. (screenplay)

Edward D. Wood Jr. (novel "Orgy of the Dead")

Produced by
Stephen C. Apostolof .... producer (as A.C. Stephen)
William Bates .... associate producer
L.S. Jensen .... associate producer
Neil B. Stein .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jaime Mendoza-Nava (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Robert Caramico (director of cinematography)
Film Editing by
Donald A. Davis (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Robert Lathrop 
Set Decoration by
Ernest Bouvenkamp 
Costume Design by
Robert Darieux 
Makeup Department
Margaret Davies .... makeup artist
Nancy Sandoval .... hairdresser
Production Management
Donald A. Davis .... post-production supervisor
Tad Stafford .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted V. Mikels .... assistant director (uncredited)
Edward D. Wood Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dale Knight .... sound
Sam Kopetzky .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Maxwell .... assistant camera
Robert Wilson .... still photographer
Other crew
Marc Desmond .... choreographer
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"A.C. Stephen's Orgy of the Dead" - USA (video box title)
"Orgy of the Vampires" - USA (alternative title)
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92 min
Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Finland:K-7 (TV rating) (2012) | Finland:(Banned) (1966) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:Unrated

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The film belongs to the genre of nudie cuties, narrative-based films featuring female nudity. It was an evolution of earlier films, which featured striptease and burlesque shows. These predecessors mostly depicted actual stage performances, sometimes attached to a frame story.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During his struggle with the wolfman and the mummy, Bob receives a "mark" on his forehead that matches the paint used to paint the posts he and Shirley are tied to. This mark remains on his forehead throughout the movie.See more »
[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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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Hey! Curfew At Dawn!, 26 July 2005
Author: dbonk from Surrey, B.C.

If you are an admirer of Edward D. Wood, Jr. prepare or better yet, brace yourself, yet again.

While Ed did not direct this spook-fest, he did write the screenplay (so to speak) based on a novel which he also penned for general release, primarily at fine bookstores which also carried magazines like 'Dude', 'Rogue', 'Nugget' and 'Gent.' For 'ORGY OF THE DEAD' is not so much a horror movie but a beyond the grave burlesque show featuring a bevy of beauties summoned by that master seer himself, Criswell. Look deep into Criz's eyes as he reads from his cue cards and glances up at the camera lens every so often. For this role, Criswell's cape was originally worn by Bela Lugosi as 'Dracula' in 'ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN'. The only humor available in this cemetery plot, though, are between the Wolfman(Rod Lindeman)and the Mummy(Louis Ojena), reminiscent of 'PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE's wise-cracking cops, Paul Marco and Conrad Brooks.

A.C. Stephen(Stephen C. Apostolof) directs this flick, with an affectionate nod to the screenwriter. The opening scene takes place in broad daylight with a 1965 Corvair convertible taking in some mountainous curves until the next turn when, in true Ed Wood time management fashion, it suddenly becomes night and then day again along the same mountain pass.

The driver(William Bates)delivers his lines to his girlfriend passenger(Pat Barrington)as if he's narrating a documentary on how "Unsafe At Any Speed" the Chevrolet Corvair is. Kudos to Ralph Nader because, wouldn't you know it, this Corvair crashes, too. Pat Barrington (sometimes billed as Barringer) plays a double role here as 'Shirley' and 'The Gold Girl'. (Criswell goes over the top here as he memorably intones "More Gold, More Gold!"). Miss Barringer would soon play lead in 'THE AGONY OF LOVE'. When Criswell starts drooling in 'Shirley's direction, she lets go with a "blood-curdling" scream(not once mind you, but twice)sounding as anemic as the budget for an Edward D. Wood, Jr. production. Actually, Pat Barringer's 'talents' were displayed to best advantage in Russ Meyer's classic 'MONDO TOPLESS.' Go, Pat, Go!

This brings us to the real reason to view 'ORGY OF THE DEAD.' In spite of Criswell's rants from his coffin about "Monsters to be pitied, Monsters to be despised," the real show is provided by the likes of 'Texas Starr', 'Bunny Glaser','Rene de Beau' and more grind house marquee starlets. Professional exotic dancers with their own bizarre themes set to music perform for Criswell's pleasure in Astra Vision and Sexicolor, no less.

The music sounds like a cocktail lounge blend between Martin Denny and Les Baxter. Actually, the score is provided by Jaime Mendoza Nava, conducting The Chilean Symphony Orchestra(really!). These cryptic chicks dance and bounce topless(no pasties,thankfully) with panties or a G-string. "The Bride" who frugs and jerks to her husband's skeleton and the "Cat Woman" are highlights, but hey, these haunted honeys are all Screaming Mimis even if they don't make a sound and don't always dance in sync to the music, as if that really matters.

So don't be surprised afterward if you find yourself baying at the moon at full port. You Have Been Warned!

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