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I Woke Up Early the Day I Died

I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Aris Iliopulos directed this campy comedy utilizing schlock filmmaker Ed Wood's last unproduced screenplay. Stock footage and old hygiene films are intercut with this near-silent story following a cross-dresser (Billy Zane), who escapes from the Casa de la Loco Sanitarium, manages to acquire some money, and then loses it at a funeral attended by eccentric mourners. He then seeks them out, killing them one by one. Some script instructions appear as titles. Bud Cort makes an uncredited appearance,

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (8)

Wood's bargain-basement aesthetic is impossible to parody. That this mime show works better than it should is, in a sense, the ultimate dis.

April 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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It's sad and misguided and boring. Pretending to make a pathetically amateurish movie isn't nearly as effective as accidentally making one because you don't know any better.

April 3, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
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I can recommend three more enjoyable alternatives: counting the number of hairs on the back of your forearm, practicing breaking a cinder block in half with your bare hand, or submitting to a colonoscopy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The budgets of [Wood's] own efforts would have been splurged within the first minute of DIED's title credits

November 14, 2007 Full Review
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As funny as a funeral.

December 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Nothing could be more lethal to a Wood script than actors who not only think they're hipper than what they're trying to do, but who also make sure that the audience knows it.

April 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Like all of the films Ed Wood directed, this new movie is a pure and simple dud.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

hough the film is distinctive, its unique style wore thin after about 20 minutes, and as it progressed, watching became a chore.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

Not funny enough to deserve a good rating.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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What redeems the whole enterprise is the affection that paradoxically comes through from its director, who obviously has tender memories of Mr. Wood.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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Audience Reviews for I Woke Up Early the Day I Died

I've never seen a filmmaker so proud of himself for making crap as when I saw this at TIFF. The wonderful thing about Ed Wood was he was genuinely trying to make a good film whenever he made a turkey, and it really showed and made his films really endearing, almost sweet. This turkey is made by a bunch of people who think they're better than the material... guess what, they're not.
January 31, 2008
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