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Night of the Ghouls (1959)

Unrated | | Horror | 1959 (USA)
A phony spiritualist raises the dead.


Edward D. Wood Jr.




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 ... 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


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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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 »


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 »


Sheila, the White Ghost: But there's something more! There's something else out there! Something I don't understand. It scared me nearly to death.
Karl: And if you don't stop screamin' out there you'll have us all in the soup.
Sheila, the White Ghost: I tell you I was frightened.
Karl: Of what?
Sheila, the White Ghost: That's what I'm trying to tell you. There's something ELSE out there. I noticed it several times tonight and... suddenly I - I saw it up close.
Karl: Saw what?
Sheila, the White Ghost: I - I... I think ghosts.
Karl: Sheila, you're a fool. I'm the one that creates ghosts around here. Me, me, nobody else. ...
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits Tom Mason is credited as Thomas R. Mason, in the closing credits as Tom Mason. See more »

Alternate Versions

Weird Side Street DVD Edition altered the opening credits. Deleted the first cards of "Wade Williams presents" (actually it wasn't in the original credits but in the VHS 1980s credits) and Criswell's name to put the title over a black background, and where originally appeared the title, appears now Criswell's name. See more »


References Bride of the Monster (1955) See more »

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Legendary, for the wrong reasons perhaps but still legendary.
19 June 2003 | by reptilicusSee all my reviews

How can you not like a picture that opens with a man (Criswell)sitting up in a coffin and warning that the story you are about to see may make you faint. Then the credits come on and you see the director is Edward D. Wood Jr. Yes, you may indeed faint . . .but from laughing too hard. This sequel to BRIDE OF THE MONSTER is fun on many levels. It offers unrelated footage from the unfinished movie HELLBORN (some of which later turned up in THE SINISTER URGE) which narrator Criswell tries to tie into the plot: there is also footage of Duke Moore that was shot for a 1/2 hour TV show that is woven in also. What was called "the old Willows house on Lake Marsh" is now "the house on Willow's Lake" and everyone remembers it used to be lived in by "the mad scientist who made monsters". The giant octopus is long gone but Lobo (Tor Johnson) has somehow survived and is now employed by Dr. Acula (Kenne Duncan) a phony medium. Lobo is supposed to be the "monster" in the plot but one look at him makes you think otherwise. Dressed in rags, badly burned, half blind, groaning like he is in constant pain, Lobo inspires more pity than fear. In one scene Lt. Bradford (Moore) does not even seem to notice Lobo when he is standing right next to him! Well this is still a fun movie. The ineptness of an Ed Wood movie is compensated by the sincerity that he put into every production. Ed really believed he was contributing to the movie genre and making his mark. He sure did! Not quite in the way he expected, but look how many people are still watching his movies to-day!

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