The Sinister Urge (1960)





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A series of pornography-related murders has Lt. Carson (Kenne Duncan) frustrated, not only because the killer remains at large but also because the smut peddlers are distributing their disgusting products to high school kids at ice cream shops. They raid illicit photography studios, but it's not enough; Gloria Henderson (Jean Fontaine) runs the racket from a comfortable distance, and she's funded by "the syndicate." With a steady stream of naive hopefuls arriving in Hollywood with stars in their … More

Rating: Unrated (not Rated)
Genre: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Edward D. Wood Jr.
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as Lt. Matt Carson

as Sgt. Randy Stone

as Gloria Henderson

as Johnny Ryde

as Dirk Williams

as Police Inspector

as Mr. Romaine

as Theatrical Agent

as Syndicate Man

as Frances

as Secretary

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Sgt. Randy Stone
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Ed Wood-o-manes will probably get their kicks from this 1961 exploitationer.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for The Sinister Urge


Only Wood's worst movie because the story is horrible. If you watch this, you will see how great his other films were. It's also on Mystery Science Theater, so I recommend going that route.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Doesn't even work as an inadvertent comedy.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


A total mess of a film by the infamous Ed Wood involving an (inferred to be) illegal porn ring and the tough matron the runs it. Funny, because I am sure its the exact same as it goes on now how the treat (buy) the girls, though now its all fine and legal. Ties to the drug trade and other illicit trades are explored as well. One of the producers becomes a killer(?) because of his porn obsession. Robot friends, once again.


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