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Night of the Ghouls (1959)

Unrated | | Horror | 8 August 1996 (Finland)
Phony spiritualist raises the dead.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Duke Moore ...
Lt. Daniel Bradford (as 'Duke' Moore)
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Valda Hansen ...
The White Ghost
Johnny Carpenter ...
Captain Robbins (as John Carpenter)
Paul Marco ...
Don Nagel ...
Crandel
Bud Osborne ...
Darmoor
Jeannie Stevens ...
The Black Ghost
Harvey B. Dunn ...
Henry
Margaret Mason ...
Martha
Clay Stone ...
Young Man
Marcelle Hemphill ...
Mrs. Wingate Yates Foster
Tom Mason ...
Foster Ghost
James La Maida ...
Hall
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Follow-up to Ed Wood's "Plan 9 from Outer Space" about the walking dead, It opens in a cemetery. Criswell, the "real" medium, rises from his coffin to tell us of "monsters to be despised." Dr. Acula (Kenne Duncan) is a phony medium aided by Valda Hansen, a bogus ghost, and big Tor Johnson, wearing rags and horrible scar makeup as Lobo. The doctor swindles people by pretending to contact dead relatives, but then accidentally succeeds in reviving a bunch of corpses that bury him alive! Sat unreleased for 23 years because Wood couldn't pay the lab bill! Followed by "Sinister Urge" in 1961 (Wood's last film). Written by alfiehitchie

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Trivia

The film was produced under the title "Revenge of the Dead". Wade Williams renamed it "Night of the Ghouls" for its 1980s release. See more »

Goofs

In the scene that features the two teenagers in the car, the film suddenly speeds up tremendously. The whole scene was shot in 1910s silent film style. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Robbins: Kelton!
Patrolman Paul Kelton: Uh, yes sir?
Capt. Robbins: Where's Bradford?
Patrolman Paul Kelton: I got a hold of him, Inspector Robbins, but he isn't here!
Capt. Robbins: I'm not blind! I can see he's not here! But when he does get here, send him in here!
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Referenced in Night of the Fools (2004) See more »

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One of Ed's most enjoyable films
11 May 2011 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Night of the Ghouls is effectively Ed Wood's lost movie, seeing as it remained unreleased for over twenty years. For anyone who is a fan of this famous director's work, this one sure does not disappoint. It's basically Ed's attempt at a supernatural horror movie. But of course, as is the way with Wood movies, the result is extremely strange. It's basically about a charlatan clairvoyant who uses his fakery to make money out of bereaving relatives of the recently deceased, meanwhile, real malevolent ghosts hover about nearby. A cop who specializes in the paranormal is sent on the case to investigate. Much of the proceedings are narrated by the one and only Criswell who emphasizes ALL the wrong WORDS.

The whole premise is as dumb as any Wood has concocted before. The principal villain is a character called Dr. Acula without the slightest hint that this is clearly a supremely idiotic name. You really get the impression that Wood believed in ideas such as this 100% and didn't for a second think they were as insane as they are. The idea of the ghost cop itself is of course deeply silly but par for the course in Wood's world. Tor Johnson turns up again with another performance, exactly the same as all the others, as does Paul Marco, who plays yet another cowardly cop. Macro's policeman is a bizarrely ridiculous character played with zero common-sense. He fires his gun at the drop of a hat, and is overall a complete cretin of a character. There are additionally a couple of female ghosts in cool Gothic clothing who hover about outside in a Vampira-lite sort of way.

Probably the best scenes in Night of the Ghouls are the ones in the séance. We have a floating trumpet and flask top, a ghostly sheet and a black man in a helmet mumbling gibberish. All are accompanied with silly noises. The people in the séance consist of a few extremely deadpan grieving relatives who sit through this nonsense with not the slightest reaction. And a few skeletons also sit at the table for no real reason. Dr. Acula controls proceedings wearing a very silly hat. Tor Johnson even pops in at one point and attacks Marco's idiot cop. Again the séance guests do not even bat an eyelid. All the scenes in the séance are Wood gold.

Overall I enjoyed this one very much. It has a good pacing too, and never gets boring. One of Wood's most consistently enjoyable films in my personal opinion.


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