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Night of the Ghouls (1959)

Unrated | | Horror | 1984 (USA)
Phony spiritualist raises the dead.



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


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Edward D. Wood Jr. finished the principal photography and rough cut of the film by late 1957, but could not afford to pay fir the post-production work. The film laboratory opted to keep the negative footage until the bill could be paid. It consequently kept the film "hostage" for decades. By the 1980s film historians either considered this a lost film or suspected that the film never existed to begin with. There was a theory that it was nothing more than a figment of Wood's imagination, and that the director claimed to have completed more films than he actually did. However, film archivist Wade Williams managed to locate the film, paid the long overdue bills to the lab and obtained ownership of it. 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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'Night Of The Ghouls' is a lesser Wood movie. It's fun but pretty forgettable.
1 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

The story goes that 'Night Of The Ghouls' sat in the can for over twenty years because Ed Wood couldn't afford to have it developed. I've sometimes seen it passed off as a sequel to 'Plan 9 From Outer Space', but it's actually a sequel to 'Bride Of The Monster'. The links are slim but the mad scientist played by Bela Lugosi is mentioned once or twice, and his assistant Lobo (Tor Johnson) appears in horribly disfigured form. As well as Johnson a few Wood regulars are involved, notably Criswell and Paul Marco. Criswell is a hoot as always but Marco is tiresome. He's the comic relief but I can't stand his character who is always whining and screwing up. Duke Moore from 'Plan 9' plays the main cop and Kenne Duncan, who trash hounds might remember from 'The Astounding She-Monster', plays "Dr. Acula", a crook posing as a spiritualist. 'Night Of The Ghouls' is a lesser Wood movie. It's neither as crazy as 'Glen Or Glenda' or as effective as 'Bride Of The Monster', and frankly I miss Lugosi. So don't get your hopes up, it's fun but pretty forgettable.

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