Night of the Ghouls (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

Night of the Ghouls (1959)




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From one of the worst director's in Hollywood history comes the third entry in his cycle of four incredibly awful horror films. Like Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space, this one features the dubious talents of the psychic Criswell, muscleman Tor Johnson, and Vampira. The terror begins as Dr. Acula, a phony medium, and his crew bilk wealthy customers during fake seances. One night, they inadvertently hold a real seance and bring angry zombies back from the dead. Angry at being reawakened, they get gruesome revenge upon the crooks. The film is also known as Revenge of the Dead.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Horror
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 14, 2002
Rhino Home Video


Kenne Duncan
as Dr. Acula
Valda Hansen
as The White Ghost
Duke Moore
as Lieutenant Dan Bradf...
as Himself
John Carpenter
as Capt. Robbins
Paul Marco
as Kelton
Bud Osborne
as Darmoor
Clay Stone
as young man
Karl Johnson
as Dead Man
John Carpenter
as Capt. Robbins
John Carpenter (III)
as Capt. Robbins
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Critic Reviews for Night of the Ghouls

All Critics (10) | 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

Awfully directed by the ironically feted cult film-maker Ed Wood Jr.

Full Review… | September 28, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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

Full Review… | April 9, 2007

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

April 3, 2005
Nitrate Online

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.

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 :)

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Over acting, bad dialogue, technical flaws, flying trumpets on strings, just another "so-bad-its-good" film from Ed Wood.

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