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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


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Edward D. Wood Jr.

May 14, 2002

Rhino Home Video

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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.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A grade-Z effort.

December 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

October 5, 2011 Full Review Source:

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

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source:

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

April 3, 2005
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Without Lugosi, Ed Wood's films don't amount to a lot.

August 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Dog-eared poverty-row horror.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

So bad, it's good!

September 4, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Night of the Ghouls

Dr. Acula. Get it? Yes, the whole film is like a bad joke to be honest but it does have its redeeming features. The Ghost scenes were quite funny what with the floating lamps and the odd sound effects and why were there two skeletons sitting at the table during the seance? It was a bit disappointing when we finally do see the 'Ghouls' only to find they're a bunch of middle age men in suits but you've got to love Ed Wood's films.
November 5, 2012

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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.
November 21, 2010

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 :)
September 22, 2010

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