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8 December 1960 (USA) See more »
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A compulsive killer strikes terror...in every woman's heart See more »
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A flunky for a porno movie ring starts murdering the smut films' lead actresses. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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not made to be a bad movie, it just is, though not really 'classic' bad See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Kenne Duncan ... Lt. Matt Carson
Duke Moore ... Sgt. Randy Stone (as James 'Duke' Moore)
Jean Fontaine ... Gloria Henderson
Carl Anthony ... Johnny Ryde
Dino Fantini ... Dirk Williams
Jeanne Willardson ... Mary Smith
Harvey B. Dunn ... Mr. Romaine
Reed Howes ... Police Inspector
Fred Mason ... Officer Kline
Vic McGee ... Syndicate man
Harry Keaton ... Jaffe (as Harry Keatan)
Conrad Brooks ... Connie
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Vickie Baker ... Kid at Diner (uncredited)
Jean Baree ... Policeman (uncredited)
Henry Bederski ... Kid at Diner (uncredited)
Honey Bee ... Kid at Diner (uncredited)
Judy Berares ... Frances (uncredited)
Betty Boatner ... Shirley (uncredited)
John Carpenter ... Kid at Diner (uncredited)
Toni Costello ... Model (uncredited)
Carole Gallos ... (uncredited)
Claudette Gifford ... (uncredited)
Henry Kekoanui ... Dark Stud (uncredited)
Rick Lamson ... (uncredited)
Carmen Lee ... (uncredited)
April Lynn ... Model (uncredited)
Paul Main ... Paul (uncredited)
Sylvia Marenco ... Model (uncredited)
Candy Paige ... (uncredited)
Clayton Peca ... Undercover Policeman (uncredited)
Kathy Randall ... Model (uncredited)
Nick Raymond ... Syndicate Man #2 (uncredited)
Oma Soffian ... Nurse (uncredited)
Raphael Sporer ... (uncredited)
Vonnie Starr ... Secretary (uncredited)
Rhea Walker ... (uncredited)
Lisa Page Ward ... (uncredited)
Kenneth Willardson ... Theatrical Agent (uncredited)

Edward D. Wood Jr. ... Man in Fight (uncredited)
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Directed by
Edward D. Wood Jr.  (as E.D. Wood)
 
Writing credits
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Edward D. Wood Jr.  (as E.D. Wood)

Produced by
Roy Reid .... executive producer
Edward D. Wood Jr. .... associate producer (as E.D. Wood)
 
Original Music by
Michael Terr  (as Manuel Francisco)
 
Cinematography by
William C. Thompson 
 
Art Department
J.B. Finch .... set dresser
Jerome Lapari .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Sam Kopetzky .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Ray Mercer .... special effects
 
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Larry Smith .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eileen Younger .... wardrobe
 

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71 min
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Shot for his friend Edward D. Wood Jr., this was the last feature film for Director of Photography William C. Thompson. The 70 year old Thompson was blind in one eye. His career had started in silent films.See more »
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Boom mic visible: In several shots in Lt. Carson's office, a microphone is clearly visible at the top of the frame as it moves back and forth to cover the actor's dialog.See more »
Quotes:
[Mary sees Ed Wood posters on pornographer Johnny Ride's office wall.]
Mary Smith:Are gangster and horror films all you produce?
Johnny Ryde:Those are made by friends of mine. I think you'll find my type of picture entirely different.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
not made to be a bad movie, it just is, though not really 'classic' bad, 31 July 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Edward D. Wood Jr (or E.D. Wood credited for the film) is practically revered today as a filmmaker forgotten and neglected in his time as just another Shlock-Meister of B-movie (or Z-movie) cinema. His legacy is now, well, being the ultimate in bad schlock kind of movie-making, where you can almost see the sets about the tear at the seams, the actors going through their lines like they know they won't get any pay for it, and camera-work (and perhaps editing too) that becomes jarring in the worst possible ways. While the Sinister Urge, Wood's last 'real' film before diving deep into obscure porn directing (ironic considering the film's subject here), does not have a kind of classically bad way about it like Plan 9 From Outer Space. That film has since become a kind of cult classic where the actor in place of the late Bela Lugosi in the film, the various props and sets (including the 'saucers'), and horrendous narration becomes most of the ironic fun. The Sinister Urge in comparison doesn't have that impressive ambition to be something more than it can never be, as this film is nothing more than an under-cooked 'warning' film about porn movies, and the people who may kill to be apart of them.

The Sinister Urge is 71 minutes long, which doesn't overstay its welcome (though one may try and define 'welcome' with an Ed Wood picture) as a film with many static camera angles and very few moments of ingenuity. One of those- the scene where the brakes don't work with the car- is ironically successful, as it really shouldn't be at all workable as a scene, but as a little piece of suspense it could be worse. Most of the rest of the picture isn't so lucky- again, many, many actors who seem like they are not only content to not become stars, they're almost doomed to be in pictures like Wood's. Often the performances are wooden, but of course part of the real problem with watching such actors is the often silly dialog. It tries to be 'realistic', but Wood has no gripe with stopping somewhere to have a character (usually the lead cop character) to lay out a dull speech about the message of the story. On top of the story not really being too coherent, anyway, the director's method of the 'cut, print, perfect' method can be seen quite often with some laughable mistakes abound.

Now, does all of this make the Sinister Urge as astoundingly, amusingly bad as Plan 9? Not really; there's nothing too memorable about how the film is bad here, unless you're a die-hard fan of the director. He does try here and there to keep some storytelling merit, with his style being so uncomplicated and static it shows his ambition. But the lack of talent overcomes everything else, not to mention the cardboard-sided points of the film. It's also not too unworthy of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment either, which has now made the film available on DVD. The commentary is spot-on usually and funny, though as with Plan 9 you may still want to make wisecracks on your own. That's Wood as the mustached guy who fights at the Cafeteria in one scene.

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