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Night of the Ghouls (1959)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Acula
Duke Moore ... Lt. Daniel Bradford (as 'Duke' Moore)
... Lobo
Valda Hansen ... The White Ghost
Johnny Carpenter ... Captain Robbins (as John Carpenter)
Paul Marco ... Kelton
Don Nagel ... Crandel
... Darmoor
Jeannie Stevens ... The Black Ghost
Harvey B. Dunn ... Henry
Margaret Mason ... Martha
Clay Stone ... Young Man
Marcelle Hemphill ... Mrs. Wingate Yates Foster
Tom Mason ... Foster Ghost
James La Maida ... Hall
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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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According to the recollections of Paul Marco, this film did have a theatrical premiere in 1959. However, Edward D. Wood Jr. was not satisfied with the result and felt it needed further editorial changes. A letter from Wood to Anthony Cardoza, the film's associate producer, records some of his plans for the film. He wanted to edit out part of Criswell's scenes and replace them with footage of Bela Lugosi. He was also considering a title change. It is unlikely that the film had more than a preview showing and/or brief release in the 1950s, and Wood was never able to make his intended changes. 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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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 ...
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Slow, creaky and VERY stupid
7 March 2002 | by See 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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