Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood, Jr. (1995)

THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EDWARD D. WOOD, JR. explores the amazing life story of notorious B-movie director Ed Wood as told by the people that knew him best. The documentary features actors, lovers, friends, and enemies like Dolores Fuller, Loretta King, Lyle Talbot, Bela Lugosi Jr., and even Vampira, herself. This collection has been put together to finally give voice to the people that committed their lives to such film travesties as GLEN OR GLENDA, JAIL BAIT, BRIDE OF THE MONSTER, and PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, away from the rumors and hearsay that have commonly made their way around in the years since Wood's untimely death. It is both sad and uplifting at times, but always filled with colorful memories about the best and worst sides of film's most enthusiastic (yet utterly untalented) director. Brett Thompson's adoring look back paints Wood and his companions as they ought to be remembered: as dignified people with more hope, aspiration, and dedication to the love of filmmaking than they could afford.

Rating: 7/10.


3 comments:

  1. I'm always glad to see Ed Wood, Jr. get a mention. His films might be to everyone's taste, but he did manage to get films made during a period when it was nearly impossible to get an independent film produced. Film maker Del Telley (Horror of Party Beach, Curse of the Living Corpse) has said that Wood was given much respect by other aspiring film makers during the 1950s because he, somehow, always got his films financed.

    Always, Wood's un-killable drive to make films was his genius.

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  2. I never even knew that this existed. Despite his lack of filmmaking skill, Wood and the peeps that he surrounded himself with are quite fascinating, as well as the films that he did make. Gotta love him!

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  3. And it just goes to show that enthusiasm and charisma can sometimes be enough to finance a film. The mythos behind Ed Wood and his films will always hold a place in cinematic legend.

    Matt, this comes as part of the Ed Wood Box, a must-have for B-movie fans since it includes each of his other (reputable) films (porn-excluded).

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