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'Necromania': A Tale of Weird Love! (1971)

X | | Horror, Adult
A couple having marital problems (the husband can't seem to rise to the occasion) visits Madame Heles, a necromancer, in hopes of ameliorating their boudoir blunders. After an elaborate ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward D. Wood Jr. (as Don Miller)

Writers:

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

Uncredited cast:
Maria Arnold Maria Arnold ... Madame Heles (uncredited)
Rene Bond ... Shirley (uncredited)
Ric Lutze Ric Lutze ... Danny (uncredited)
Tanya Tanya ... Tanya (uncredited)
Edward D. Wood Jr. ... (uncredited)
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A couple having marital problems (the husband can't seem to rise to the occasion) visits Madame Heles, a necromancer, in hopes of ameliorating their boudoir blunders. After an elaborate ritual with a skull, Heles' lovely assistant Tanya first takes care of another client, then moves on to the couple, each in their turn. Once she's worked with each of them on a physical level, they are ready to meet the Madame, who will decide how best to help them. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A tale of weird love.

Genres:

Horror | Adult

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$7,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(R-rated) | (X rated)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Madame Heles was to have been played by longtime Edward D. Wood Jr. collaborator Maila Nurmi (aka Maila Nurmi), who took one look at the script and withdrew herself from the production citing concerns of "professional suicide". See more »

Quotes

Danny: Any minute, I expect Bela Lugosi as Dracula.
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Alternate Versions

Several longer versions of this film have been discovered in recent years: a 48-minute print with titles, a 51-minute X-rated softcore print, and a 54-minute XXX-rated hardcore version. See more »

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The worst film by a great filmmaker
21 December 2004 | by penelopedangerSee all my reviews

It is my sincere personal opinion that Ed Wood made some of the greatest, most imaginative, heartfelt and memorable films ever made. Ed was the original DIY filmmaker, and while he lacked technical skill, he more than made up for it with enthusiasm, plots, and especially dialog phoned in directly from Alpha Centauri.

Having said that, "Necromania" will only interest the already-converted Wood fan trying to fill in the gaps between the end of Ed's "official" filmography and the unfortunate end of his life. The casual or first-time Wood viewer should stay away from this one like the plague. For Wood fans, there are items of interest here, not least of which is Ed's (apparent) final appearance in a feature-length film. There are plot elements (and here I use the word "plot" in the most generous of senses) reminiscent of Ed's 50s classics, set pieces that recall (and may indeed have been used in) "Bride of the Monster" and "Plan 9", a way-out score, and echoes of the trademark Ed Wood dialog that to this day puts Hal Hartley and David Lynch to shame. There's also more than a little tragedy on display here; the truly sincere fan of Ed Wood (and there are about five of us) has to watch this hugely creative and tremendously life-loving soul in near total decay, ravaged by the wasting effects of too much alcohol and too little self-respect. One can't help but wish he had lived long enough to revel in the anti-hero status that was just a few years off. He would have taken the derision gleefully, knowing that somewhere out there, one viewer in a million would see his films and "get it." That's the one he was making movies for. Who knows, maybe it's you.

(Disclaimer: despite what is presented in "Necromania," there is no established scientific or medical evidence linking necromancy to increased male potency.)


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