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Night of the Ghouls (1984)

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 ... 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

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1.85 : 1
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A paperback novelization was published at the time of the film's release. Extant examples are scarce, with some copies bringing hundreds of dollars in online auctions. See more »

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Lt. Bradford recalls the staircase that leads up to the lab from when he was there before to bust Vornoff. In Bride Of The Monster, the lab was actually below ground. See more »

Quotes

Leader of the Dead: Good evening, Dr. Acula. We have been expecting you.
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Leader of the Dead: You ask who we are, yet it was you who called for our return.
Karl: This is impossible! I hired actors to play the dead. You're not my actors!
Leader of the Dead: Your powers were even stronger than you yourself realized. You have brought us back from the grave. Once every 13 years, when called by a strong medium such as you, we are given a brief 12 hours of freedom from our deep pit of darkness. Those few hours are almost gone. We must return to the ...
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Featured in Svengoolie: Night of the Ghouls (1996) See more »

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Slow, creaky and VERY stupid
7 March 2002 | by Russell DoddSee all my reviews

Old couple driving past the house where Old Lugosi experimented years before with Lobo (from "Bride of the Atom"). They see a woman dressed in white and are so alarmed they go report it to the police then have to go to hospital for a sedative. In the urgency, the cops call for their off-duty Luitenant, Bradford, to call off his night at the opera with his wife to go investigate. Un-offically, he's the resident ghost chaser you know (though the department can not and will not admit it!!). Anyway, he chooses idiot Cop Paul marco to go join him instead of any of the other guys. Marco somehow doesn't actually go with him, but goes alone about an hour or so later after finally managing to get a patrol car. He spends 1/2 the film in his car outside the mansion fainting from seeing this woman in white and taking potshots at her (as well as a woman in black who has now turned up) Bradford meanwhile, has broken entry to the house and is greeted by a *cough* Dr.Acula. This Acula guy holds seances. he spends ages on one seance with Bradford watching. The viewer is treated to a trumpet that plays by itself, a black man pulling faces as well as a few indescribable objects that look like parts of a car. Anyway, after a (long) while We learn Dr. Ac is a FAKE!!! The woman in white is infact...a woman in white who has to scare the cops away!!! Bradford, in Ac's absence goes off to explore the old mansion and spends some time reminiscing about the bannister (luckily(!) for the viewer, we can hear his thoughts). He bumps into Lobo (who is more hilarious + wooden than ever). Ac finds Bradford with Lobo who lock him up in a room.

Meanwhile Marco has called for help and by now actually gets out the car and enters the place. There are a few confrontations between cops (Bradford escapes from the room with no problems at all) and Ac and the white lady + upon receiving $10K from the seance decide to make a run for it. He sends one of his "actors" to shoot at the cops!! (for a fake seance??). Lobo is finally shot dead, but the real twist has just started...

This is grade Z rubbish. REALLY bad. In an attempt to escape right at the end, Dr. Ac actually RUNS TOWARDS his nemesis'!!

Not as "good" as plan 9 (unfortuntely) but worth seeing for Wood-Fans


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