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Night of the Ghouls (1959)

Unrated | | Horror | 1984 (USA)
A phony spiritualist raises the dead.

Director:

Edward D. Wood Jr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenne Duncan ... Dr. Acula
Duke Moore Duke Moore ... Lt. Daniel Bradford (as 'Duke' Moore)
Tor Johnson ... Lobo
Valda Hansen Valda Hansen ... The White Ghost
Johnny Carpenter Johnny Carpenter ... Captain Robbins (as John Carpenter)
Paul Marco Paul Marco ... Kelton
Don Nagel Don Nagel ... Crandel
Bud Osborne ... Darmoor
Jeannie Stevens Jeannie Stevens ... The Black Ghost
Harvey B. Dunn Harvey B. Dunn ... Henry
Margaret Mason Margaret Mason ... Martha
Clay Stone Clay Stone ... Young Man
Marcelle Hemphill Marcelle Hemphill ... Mrs. Wingate Yates Foster
Tom Mason Tom Mason ... Foster Ghost
James La Maida James La Maida ... Hall
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Storyline

Follow-up to Ed Wood's "Plan 9 from Outer Space" about the walking dead, It opens in a cemetery. Criswell, the "real" medium, rises from his coffin to tell us of "monsters to be despised." Dr. Acula (Kenne Duncan) is a phony medium aided by Valda Hansen, a bogus ghost, and big Tor Johnson, wearing rags and horrible scar makeup as Lobo. The doctor swindles people by pretending to contact dead relatives, but then accidentally succeeds in reviving a bunch of corpses that bury him alive! Sat unreleased for 23 years because Wood couldn't pay the lab bill! Followed by "Sinister Urge" in 1961 (Wood's last film). Written by alfiehitchie

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Acula See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Dr. Acula also appeared in an unrealized Edward D. Wood Jr. film project of the same name. The role was originally intended for Bela Lugosi. See more »

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Karl: Ten thousand bucks! Barnum sure was right.
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A Fun Ed Wood Film.
24 May 2004 | by ANDREWEHUNTSee all my reviews

If you like Ed Wood's crazy body of work, you'll like this film. It's not as good as "Plan 9," and it rivals "Glen or Glenda?," but it's better than the rest of Wood's films. It's clearly shot with such a low budget that it's almost like watching a live, closed-circuit video feed from the inside of a spookhouse, circa 1959. The plot is inexplicable, and Wood's ensemble of actors is in top (or should I say bottom?) form, especially Paul Marco as Kelton. For sheer ultra-low budget fun, the film is right up there with "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies," "Robot Monster" and "The Brain from Planet Arous." See it, if you get a chance.


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