Night of the Ghouls (1959)

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Night of the Ghouls (which was also known as Revenge of the Dead) was Edward D. Wood Jr.'s first attempt at making a horror film without any contribution, either in a true performance or through the presence of archival footage, from Bela Lugosi, who had died three years earlier. The plot, which was as confusing as most of Wood's scripts, seems to make it a sequel to Bride of the Monster and, to a lesser degree, Plan 9 From Outer Space, incorporating events and characters from both, including … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Horror
Directed By: , , , , , , ,
Written By: Edward D. Wood Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 14, 2002
Runtime:
Rhino Home Video

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as Dr. Acula

as The White Ghost

as Lieutenant Dan Bradf...

as Himself

as Capt. Robbins

as Kelton

as Darmoor

as young man

as Dead Man

as Capt. Robbins
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Critic Reviews for Night of the Ghouls

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Expect yet more of the 'neo-Brechtian panache' (i.e. complete technical incompetence) that secured Wood his rep as the very worst of the worst.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A grade-Z effort.

Full Review… | December 3, 2001
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The joys of Night of the Ghouls rest on the laurels of an extremely acquired taste in "bad" movies. Don't say you weren't warned.

Full Review… | October 5, 2011
Suite101.com

Worth a look, as all Wood films are, if only for the laughs.

Full Review… | April 9, 2007
eFilmCritic.com

As lame as 'Plan 9' and 'Glen or Glenda' but not quite as unintentionally funny.

April 3, 2005
Nitrate Online

Without Lugosi, Ed Wood's films don't amount to a lot.

August 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Night of the Ghouls

I liked this movie, it was funny, the story is good and the movie doesn't look as bad as plan 9 does, instead it's more like a low budget horror movie. I really liked it.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Probably the worst of Ed Woods sci-fi/horror flicks which is quite an achievement haha the lack of Lugosi is the real undoing here, his iconic charm is badly needed to lift this as the other players just don't/can't do the job. There isn't much of a job to do here to be honest as the plot is wafer thin and barely covers one hour but Lugosi would always bring a sparkle to any nonsense haha at least we have Tor Johnson to lurch and lumber around with classic Wood direction along with Criswell in his ever clean tucks :)
Some of the 'effects' are quite cool in their cheapness and do bring a kind of cheesy fairground fun house theme to the proceedings which somehow keeps you interested, just, but we all know what to expect from Ed Wood so you just watch to see the imagination and resourcefulness of his film making, kudos for effort with no money :)

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

There is a reason Ed Wood is so well-known, and there is more to it than just the notorious Michael Medved review. His movies may be horrible, but there is a charm to them that is not found in others of this era, style and quality. Cops are investigating an isolated house after the report of ghosts. An Aleister Crowley-like character lives in the house and spooky and funny things happen. Intentionally funny, these were meant to illicit laughter. (Incidentally, due to financial problems, this film was not completed until 1982, years after Wood's death.)

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