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Orgy of the Dead (1965).

March 16, 2007

The Scoop:
Leave it to the colossally inept Ed Wood to manage to make dancing naked women boring. Even the help of director A.C. Stephens can’t save this entry in the ’60s nudie cycle. The plot: a teenage couple get lost in a cemetery at night and witness a demonic ceremony presided over by Wood regular Criswell. This 10 minutes of plot is padded out by about 80 minutes of dancing “ghouls” (in reality, bad strippers in funny costumes who probably worked really cheap). The video cassette box trumpets this as “a masterpice of erotic horror.” Wrong on all three counts. If you can stay awake through through the long stretches of nothing happening, there are some laugh-worthy moments. Makes “Plan 9 From Outer Space” look polished and watchable by comparison.

Best Line:
“Torture! Torture! It pleases me!”

Side Note:
This is allegedly based on a novel. Or, should I say, it is based on an alleged novel, which is what most of Wood’s work at the time was.

Companion Viewing:
“Kiss Me Quick!” (1964) and “Nude on the Moon” (1961).

Links:
IMDb.

Take a Look:
There’s a modest treasure trove of clips over on YouTube:

1) “And I thought you loved me!”

2) Um… “Action”…?

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