Night of the Ghouls (1959)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Duke Moore ...
Police Lieutenant Daniel Bradford (as 'Duke' Moore)
Valda Hansen ...
The White Ghost
Johnny Carpenter ...
Police Captain Robbins (as John Carpenter)
Paul Marco ...
Don Nagel ...
Bud Osborne ...
Jeannie Stevens ...
The Black Ghost
Harvey B. Dunn ...
Margaret Mason ...
Clay Stone ...
Young Man
Marcelle Hemphill ...
Mrs. Wingate Yates Foster
Tom Mason ...
Foster Ghost
James La Maida ...


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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Reviewer David Hogan considered the spookiest scenes to be the ones featuring either Valda Hansen or Jeannie Stevens, playing the film's ghostly femmes fatales. See more »


The two skulls on the back of Dr. Acula's séance chair tilt and turn different directions between shots. See more »


Karl: Ten thousand bucks! Barnum sure was right.
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Referenced in Ed Wood (1994) See more »

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Legendary, for the wrong reasons perhaps but still legendary.
19 June 2003 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

How can you not like a picture that opens with a man (Criswell)sitting up in a coffin and warning that the story you are about to see may make you faint. Then the credits come on and you see the director is Edward D. Wood Jr. Yes, you may indeed faint . . .but from laughing too hard. This sequel to BRIDE OF THE MONSTER is fun on many levels. It offers unrelated footage from the unfinished movie HELLBORN (some of which later turned up in THE SINISTER URGE) which narrator Criswell tries to tie into the plot: there is also footage of Duke Moore that was shot for a 1/2 hour TV show that is woven in also. What was called "the old Willows house on Lake Marsh" is now "the house on Willow's Lake" and everyone remembers it used to be lived in by "the mad scientist who made monsters". The giant octopus is long gone but Lobo (Tor Johnson) has somehow survived and is now employed by Dr. Acula (Kenne Duncan) a phony medium. Lobo is supposed to be the "monster" in the plot but one look at him makes you think otherwise. Dressed in rags, badly burned, half blind, groaning like he is in constant pain, Lobo inspires more pity than fear. In one scene Lt. Bradford (Moore) does not even seem to notice Lobo when he is standing right next to him! Well this is still a fun movie. The ineptness of an Ed Wood movie is compensated by the sincerity that he put into every production. Ed really believed he was contributing to the movie genre and making his mark. He sure did! Not quite in the way he expected, but look how many people are still watching his movies to-day!

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