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Orgy of the Dead (1965)

Unrated | | Fantasy, Horror | 1 June 1965 (USA)
A couple driving to a cemetery looking for inspiration for a horror story encounters the dancing dead.

Director:

Stephen C. Apostolof (as A.C. Stephen)

Writers:

Edward D. Wood Jr. (screenplay), Edward D. Wood Jr. (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Criswell ... The Emperor
Fawn Silver ... The Black Ghoul
Pat Barrington ... Shirley / Gold Girl (as Pat Barringer)
William Bates William Bates ... Bob
Mickey Jines Mickey Jines ... Hawaiian Dance
Barbara Nordin Barbara Nordin ... Skeleton Dance
Bunny Glaser Bunny Glaser ... Indian Dance
Nadejda Klein Nadejda Klein ... Slave Dance (as Nadejda Dobrev)
Coleen O'Brien Coleen O'Brien ... Street Walker Dance
Lorali Hart Lorali Hart ... Cat Dance (as Texas Starr)
Rene De Beau Rene De Beau ... Fluff Dance
Stephanie Jones Stephanie Jones ... Mexican Dance
Dene Starnes Dene Starnes ... Zombie Dance
Louis Ojena Louis Ojena ... The Mummy
John Andrews John Andrews ... The Wolfman / Giant
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Storyline

Bob and his girlfriend Shirley go in search of a cemetery in order to inspire John for writing his next horror story. After they crash the car, they wander into the graveyard and encounter the dancing dead, a full moon spectacle overseen by the Ruler of the Dark. Before long the couple is spotted and taken prisoner. Tied to stakes and forced to watch the dancing, they await their fate. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Orgy of the Vampires See more »

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Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The undead women are all implied to be spirits of the dead. See more »

Goofs

Ghoulita's face and chest are a pasty white, yet throughout most of the movie, her hands and arms are a healthy flesh tone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Emperor: I am Criswell. For years, I have told the almost unbelievable, related the unreal and showed it to be more than a fact. Now I tell a tale of the threshold people, so astounding that some of you may faint. This is a story of those in the twilight time. Once human, now monsters, in a void between the living and the dead. Monsters to be pitied, monsters to be despised. A night with the ghouls, the ghouls reborn from the innermost depths of the world.
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Alternate Versions

In the original VHS version of the film, there is a much-noticed driving scene near the beginning which seems to go from bright, sunny daylight in the long shots to nighttime in the close-ups. In the subsequent DVD release, the mismatch is not nearly as noticeable. The long shots of the car appear now to be rather routine day-for-night footage. See more »

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Oh! What a Dreadful Bore!!!
16 September 1999 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

First let me say that Ed Wood did not direct this "film;" he is only responsible for the script(lets not blame him more than need be for this piece of ineptitude of epic proportions). This film makes Plan Nine From Outer Space look like a minor cinematic classic. At least Plan Nine is a film that one with an open mind can sit through and be reasonably entertained, but this....this....was almost unwatchable! It is a story about two people driving one night in search of a cemetery(only the background to these scenes are shot in daylight). They of course find a cemetery...and not just your ordinary run-of-the-mill types either. No! They come across the cemetery that has a Ghoul leader observing dead topless women dance for his pleasure. And that really is all the film is about...10 topless strippers perform for Criswell(the ghoul leader) and his assistant the Black Ghoul. There is no real story, no plot twists except for the appearance of a wolfman and mummy so horribly made-up and acting so painfully as to make one wince every time they speak. Dancer after dancer performs and we get to see plenty of breasts....breasts of all sizes, shapes, angles...which is all that one can applaud in this piece of dreck. This film is nothing more than an exhibition for talentless strippers to perform with bad music and scenarios. Criswell speaks as if he thinks out every single word and says each word as if it were Moses laying down the Ten Commandments. No one in the film has any acting range whatsoever and the settings are cheap...covered up by plenty of dry ice floating about. I wish there was something good I could say about this film, but the honest truth is that, even though I consider myself a aficionado of bad films, I had a great deal of trouble sitting through this awful, boring mess.


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