2.4/10
1,204
27 user 15 critic

The Sinister Urge (1960)

A flunky for a porno movie ring starts murdering the smut films' lead actresses.

Director:

Edward D. Wood Jr. (as E.D. Wood)

Writer:

Edward D. Wood Jr. (as E.D. Wood)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Jail Bait (1954)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

Vic Brady draws young Don Gregor into a life of crime. He then blackmails Gregor's plastic surgeon father into fixing up his face so he can evade the cops.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Lyle Talbot, Dolores Fuller, Herbert Rawlinson
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

Phony spiritualist raises the dead.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Kenne Duncan, Duke Moore, Tor Johnson
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A mad doctor attempts to create atomic supermen.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Tony McCoy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A psychiatrist tells two stories: one of a transvestite (Glen or Glenda), the other of a pseudohermaphrodite (Alan or Anne).

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Edward D. Wood Jr., Bela Lugosi, Lyle Talbot
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living, our lives are in danger.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A couple hire a detective to locate their missing daughter. He finds her in a "house of ill-repute."

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: L.G. Allard, Nona Carver, Linda Colpin
Nympho Cycler (1971)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A beautiful, love starved woman named Misty, leaves an abusive relationship with an odd man. She joins a pack of bikers and many sexual escapades and intense happenings occur on her adventure into a new freedom.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Casey Larrain, Edward D. Wood Jr., Stud Stetson
Adventure | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

When Laura and Dan get married, she's more interested in Dan's gorilla. It's revealed through hypnosis that she was Queen of the Gorillas in a previous incarnation.

Director: Adrian Weiss
Stars: Charlotte Austin, Lance Fuller, Johnny Roth
The Dead Talk Back (Video 1993)
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.7/10 X  

A psychic researcher attempts to solve a murder by using a radio that enables him to speak with the dead.

Director: Merle S. Gould
Stars: Aldo Farnese, Scott Douglas, Laura Brock
Final Curtain (1957)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

After a horror play's final performance, The Vampire roams the theater.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Duke Moore, Dudley Manlove, Jeannie Stevens
Ed Wood (1994)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of talent.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker
Short | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Tex is a gunslinger who murders a cowboy and steals his money. Lem is an honest man who wants nothing more than to marry Barbara. When Tex marries Barbara and treats her badly, Lem decides to settle the score.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Edward D. Wood Jr., Duke Moore, Don Nagel
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Kenne Duncan ... Lt. Matt Carson
Duke Moore Duke Moore ... Sgt. Randy Stone (as James 'Duke' Moore)
Jean Fontaine Jean Fontaine ... Gloria Henderson
Carl Anthony Carl Anthony ... Johnny Ryde
Dino Fantini Dino Fantini ... Dirk Williams
Jeanne Willardson Jeanne Willardson ... Mary Smith
Harvey B. Dunn Harvey B. Dunn ... Mr. Romaine
Reed Howes ... Police Inspector
Fred Mason Fred Mason ... Officer Kline
Vic McGee Vic McGee ... Syndicate man
Harry Keaton Harry Keaton ... Jaffe (as Harry Keatan)
Conrad Brooks ... Connie
Edit

Storyline

Someone is killing young women in the park. Police suspect it's related to the smut picture racket, and begin leaning on Gloria Henderson, a smut front woman for the "mob." Her right arm man continues to procure young women with stars in their eyes to submit to their heinous celluloid activities, and if the women try blackmail, they call in a specialist to take care of the problem. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Sensational! Bold! Startling! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellborn See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$20,152 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Headliner Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was produced on a Skid row budget of 20,000 dollars. See more »

Goofs

The pillow that hides Gloria's gun changes position before, during and after the police confiscate it for evidence. See more »

Quotes

[Mary sees Ed Wood posters on pornographer Johnny Ride's office wall.]
Mary Smith: Are gangster and horror films all you produce?
Johnny Ryde: Those are made by friends of mine. I think you'll find my type of picture entirely different.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Sinister Urge (1994) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Bad even for Ed Wood
26 June 2016 | by ericstevensonSee all my reviews

I think this might be the worst movie Ed Wood ever made. What's weird is that he's known for making movies with cheesy special effects. Those are always a laugh. I was disappointed that this movie was mundane and didn't have any monsters or anything. It seems like this was the one Ed Wood movie I hadn't heard of. It manages to not even by laughable by his standards. The story is just way too boring. It's weird looking back at this film and remembering the Hays Code. Never heard of it? Before movie ratings in 1968, it was the standard for film censorship. It's just so strange to see scantily clad women being labeled as "pornography".

They mostly use the term "smut" so it surprised me at the end when they did explicitly say "pornography". I'm certain porn was never even illegal. This was just way too ridiculous to even care about. The story is that there's a killer stalking women working in these roles. As expected from a B-movie, it moves very slowly and has had bad acting. It's just hard to even find that much to be amused by and I know Ed Wood could do better...or worse? *


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 27 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed