Archive for May 17th, 2010

Orgy of the Dead

by on May.17, 2010, under Daily Review

Shirley (Pat Barrington) and Bob (Bill Bates) head off on the road in search of inspiration for Bob’s latest novel, a spooky cemetery is their goal. After a car crash, they find themselves at their destination, but what they didn’t expect to find was a spooky ghosty bloke, The Emperor (Criswell) who rules the cemetery with his Elvira styled assistant Black Ghoul (Fawn Silver), worshipped by naked dancing women, who each perform one by one for his pleasure.

Well, that’s it. Ten different women perform in various different dancing styles with various props. A cheep studio setup has dry ice blasted out whilst the various girls perform. It’s quite good actually, in a kitsch burlesque kinda way. Ed Wood wrote the screenplay for this film, although there is little in the way of dialogue. It’s also often branded as an Ed Wood film, but the bloke in charge is one Steve C. Apostolof and although it has a look of Wood about it, it doesn’t have the real spark which Ed  brought to his films.

I actually enjoyed this film quite a bit. It’s from a time and place and although there is nudity in abundance, its and innocent film with a desire to outrage. Dancing girls include, Barbara Nordin, Bunny Glaser, Lorali Hart and Dene Starnes. There’s also an appearance of the Wolfman and the Mummy as they team up under the Emperor’s rule, which is quite good too, especially the chat they have whilst watching the Snake dance with Mickey Jines. This whole scene is just brilliant and has to be seen to be believed. I think you need to know what you are getting yourself into before watching a film like this. It’s not gonna win any Oscars but it’s made from dedication and enthusiasm for the genre. Finanly, a brief mention of the brilliant 50’s score that the girls dance too, from xylophone, Sax and keyboard. Real charm.

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