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Night of the Ghouls (1959)

Unrated | | Horror | 1984 (USA)
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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is the third part of what Edward D. Wood Jr. aficionados refer to as "The Kelton Trilogy", a trio of films featuring Paul Marco as "Officer Kelton", a whining, reluctant policeman. The other two films are Bride of the Monster (1955) and Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) See more »

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When the old couple are driving down the road, the man constantly moves the steering wheel left and right, despite doing in a straight line. See more »

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A weird appeal that defies explanation!
25 February 1999 | by Alph-2See all my reviews

All the mad ingredients that make up Ed Wood's delirious world are in full force here.

A spiritualist is busy raising the dead in a haunted house, and the cops investigate in classic Wood style. Ghouls, skeletons, bizarre and protracted dialogue aplenty in this 'sequel' to Bride of The Monster, which the script constantly refers to. There's even a narration delivered from a coffin by the inimitable Criswell!

It's no use arguing the merits of any Ed Wood film. At best, they're interminably silly by any conventional standard. Yet to his many fans they radiate with a weird appeal that defies explanation. I like 'em anyway.


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