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Night of the Ghouls (1959)

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Phony spiritualist raises the dead.

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Kenne Duncan ...
Duke Moore ...
Police Lieutenant Daniel Bradford (as 'Duke' Moore)
Tor Johnson ...
Valda Hansen ...
The White Ghost
Johnny Carpenter ...
Police 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 ...
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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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The opening credit graphics show a copyright date of MCMLXXXIII. This would have the film releasing in 1983. See more »

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Spirit Guide: Mongo, mongo! I am your spirit guide. Mongo! Mongo, mongo! From the everlasting pit of darkness. Dr. Acula calls and I obey! Mongo, mongo, mongo! I will lead you into the dark world beyond! Mongo, mongo, mongo! Mongo, mongo!
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Has a great opening scene but goes downhill from there
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I actually liked Plan 9 From Outer Space, it's not a good movie, but it is fun and I just cannot hate it. Night of the Ghouls was a movie I couldn't get into at all really, the opening scene is great and very funny and while Ed Wood Jnr is far from a great director I just can't bring myself to say he is the worst director of all time because of the heart he brings to his pictures. Sadly, the rest doesn't work. The production values are very creaky even by today's standards with the editing slapdash and the effects and sets fake, the story is slow and meandering even for a film that is not very long, and most scenes and the dialogue are embarrassing. The acting is amateurish as well, even from Bela Lugosi. Overall, a bad film with only one good scene that saves it from total disaster. 2/10 Bethany Cox


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