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Edward D. Wood Jr. (written by)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Kenne Duncan ... Dr. Acula
Duke Moore ... Police Lieutenant Daniel Bradford (as 'Duke' Moore)
Tor Johnson ... Lobo
Valda Hansen ... The White Ghost
Johnny Carpenter ... Police Captain Robbins (as John Carpenter)
Paul Marco ... Patrolman Kelton
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
Anthony Cardoza ... Tony (as Tony Cardoza)
John Gautieri ... Boy
Karen Hairston ... Girl
Karl Johnson ... Dead Man
Leonard Barnes ... Dead Man
Frank Barbarick ... Dead Man
Francis Misitano ... Dead Man
David De Mering ... Dead Man (as David De Maring)
Criswell ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Bederski ... Drunk (uncredited)
Conrad Brooks ... Man in Fight (uncredited)
Mona McKinnon ... Juvenile Delinquent Girl (uncredited)

Edward D. Wood Jr. ... Man in Fight (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward D. Wood Jr. 
 
Writing credits
Edward D. Wood Jr. (written by)

Produced by
J.M. A. .... production executive (as J.M.A.)
Walter Brannon .... associate producer (as Walt Brannon)
Anthony Cardoza .... associate producer (as Tony Cardoza)
Gordon Chesson .... associate producer
J.C. Foxworthy .... executive producer (as Major J.C. Foxworthy U.S.M.C.R. Ret.)
Paul Marco .... associate producer
Tom Mason .... associate producer
Marg. Usher .... associate producer
Edward D. Wood Jr. .... producer
 
Cinematography by
William C. Thompson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Edward D. Wood Jr. 
 
Art Direction by
Kathy Wood  (as Kathleen O'Hara Everett)
 
Costume Design by
Mickey Meyers 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Thomas .... makeup creator
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald V. Ashcroft .... assistant director (as Ronnie Ashcroft)
Scott Lynch .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Harry Smith .... sound
Sam Kopetzky .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John C. Murray .... lighting (as John Murray)
Glen R. Smith .... camera operator
Larry Smith .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Donald A. Davis .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
Gordon Zahler .... music supervisor
Jack Beaver .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ronald Binge .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Joyce Cochrane .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Csonka .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
C. King Palmer .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Kurt Rehfeld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leith Stevens .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ernest Tomlinson .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Lee Zahler .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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John Jarvis .... accountant
 

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69 min
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Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-18 (2004) | Italy:T | Spain:T | UK:PG | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (Certificate # 19275)

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When Wade Williams acquired the rights to Edward D. Wood Jr.'s Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) in 1982, Wood's widow, Kathy, told him of this never-released film that was being held by a post-production house because the lab fees hadn't been paid. Williams paid the fees and acquired this film as well, finally releasing it, 23 years after it had been filmed.See more »
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Revealing mistakes: 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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Karl:Ten thousand bucks! Barnum sure was right.See more »
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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Night of the Ghouls, 30 January 2006
Author: paul vincent zecchino from Manasota Key, Florida

'Night' meets the high standards Edward D. Wood, Jr. It's a minor classic, albeit a crucial one, commensurate with the 1953 psychodrama, "Glen or Glenda", termed by scurrilous wags 'Bargain Basement Equus'.

Previously unaware of 'Night's' existence, I enjoyed it on Elvira's L.A. TV show. I was living in Palm Springs pursuing film work. I therefore appreciated those who bravely film the unfilmable. 'Night' is just that - unfilmable.

'Dr. Acula' is a pun so moronic it would shame a five year old. It defines the film. Clueless starlets wander groggily. A bumbling - and badly overacting cop - quakes before them. Dr. Acula scams the rich.

Sound familiar? You bet. Sham-psychics scamming wealthy swells were featured in Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe novels. Albeit with one trifling distinction. Chandler could write. Ed Wood, well....

'Night' is not without merit. Paul Marco's overblown 'Kelton' could be sold as 'Do This on Your First Audition & It Will be Your Last'. There are good performances. There are bad. There are a precious few which embarrass viewers. Thespian Marco strives for that mark - and hits it.

Cheesy sets used with shameless repetition abound. Watch for the pine-panel door. It's in the police station. It's in 'Dr. Acula's' home. It's all over. Like dog doot. And, please, would some kind soul explain why in all Wood films, walls are hung with heavy drapes? Spaceships, police stations, doctor's offices, the drapes..the drapes... What is the hidden meaning?

As with audition techniques, never do what Wood's cops and robbers do. Why do they flick a gun when pulling its trigger? Cryptic symbolism? Artifice, a cinematic trick to direct your eyes to it? Underscore emotionality behind the shot? One thing it's not is good shooting. Flicking guns won't make bullets go faster. It simply makes them go where they shouldn't.

The camera always tells the truth. Watch the eyes and faces of those gathered round Dr. Acula. Curiosity and awe in a twinkling turn to 'what on earth am I doing here?' You may ask yourself as much as the film slogs to its boring conclusion. Still, you'll appreciate why it takes more than being Tor Johnson to play Calliban. You'll know why Criswell's narration is no substitute for that of Orson Welles. Then again, Orson Welles couldn't produce Night of the Ghouls.

Paul Vincent Zecchino

Manasoviet Key, FL

30 January, 2006

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