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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 »
Plot:
A flunky for a porno movie ring starts murdering the smut films' lead actresses. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Quite possibly Ed Wood's worst film 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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)

Directed by
Edward D. Wood Jr.  (as E.D. Wood)
 
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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 
 
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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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Director Cameo: [Edward D. Wood Jr.]one of the brawling "teenagers" fighting over porn in front of restaurant.See more »
Goofs:
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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Edited into U2: Numb (1993) (V)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Quite possibly Ed Wood's worst film, 6 May 2013
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

That is not as if I immediately rag on Ed Wood's films. They are not great, but they are kind of entertaining and guilty pleasure standard in a way. The Sinister Urge did nothing for me though, and derails Night of the Ghouls as quite possibly Ed Wood's worst film. The scene with the cops and the tax-payer is quite funny and Kline is a fun enough character, but that was all really that I liked. Wood's films are not very well made, but The Sinister Urge manages to be one of his worst-looking and most amateurish films. The effects are clearly fake with little attempt to try and disguise it, and the camera angles and editing are like they're placed here and there with little thought to them. There are so many errors that you'd fill a novel's worth writing them down. The dialogue is both silly and stilted, it also paints the porn industry in such a negative light but it borders on extreme and somewhat one-sided. Don't get me wrong, porn is one of the last career moves I want to pursue, but I just wondered whether it really was as "evil" as The Sinister Urge painted it out to be. The fact that the film chose to stop the story for a character to make a speech to emphasise this doesn't help and it all came across as too heavy-handed. The story is plodding and dull, things are kept simply but so much so that it all seems rather static. The climax is also really bizarre and you are not sure whether that's a good or bad thing. The acting at best is wooden, worst of all is Jean Fontaine who is unbearably shrill and annoying. To conclude, even when I knew what to expect I just didn't care at all for The Sinister Urge. 2/10 Bethany Cox

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