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
Did You Know?
Reviewer Rob Craig suggests that the film could be in part based on an earlier film, Sucker Money
(1933), produced by Willis Kent
. The two films have significant similarities in concept. In the earlier film, Swami Yomurda (Mischa Auer
) and his minions stage an elaborate scheme to extort money from gullible victims. Yomurda and his group use technological means to convince their victims that they are receiving sounds and images from the "other world". Craig himself, however, notes that this film cannot be considered a straightforward remake, since Edward D. Wood Jr.
used the same template to tell a quite different story from the 1930s melodrama. See more
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
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