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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.


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


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




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


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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In Gorgeous ASTRAVISION and Shocking SEXICOLOR See more »


Fantasy | Horror


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Did You Know?


Film debut of Pat Barrington. She was a professional dancer and plays two roles in the film: Shirley and the Gold Girl. See more »


Shirley's hands are never tied securely from the time Ghoulita first threatens her - each time we see her afterwards, she's just holding her hands behind the post, but they are not tied together. See more »


[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 »


Featured in Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora (1994) See more »

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A poor excuse to watch some strippers
28 March 2004 | by ChuckStraubSee all my reviews

This movie has a werewolf, a mummy, walking dead, ghouls, a zombie, the princess of darkness, and an emperor of the dead. Most of the movie takes place in a cemetery. Even with all this, you'll never believe it, but this is not a horror movie. What little there is of acting, is so poor it's a joke. The filming is terrible. Forget about a plot and trying to find out where the movie is heading. It isn't heading anywhere. Don't expect to watch an actual horror movie. The main point of this movie is to show about 10, attractive, topless women doing individual exotic dances. The dancers are attractive, and for 1965 exotic dancing I would have to say they are pretty good. The main problem is, that's it. That's all there is to it. There is no more. Watch this only if you want a poor excuse to watch some strippers dancing.

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Release Date:

1 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Orgy of the Vampires See more »


Box Office


$30,000 (estimated)
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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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