Dancing in the Dark: “Orgy of the Dead” (1965)

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WHAT’S IN YOUR WALLET?: In a blatant homage to “Goldfinger”, Pat Barrington incongruously appears plated in gold during the opening of the Edward D. Wood, Jr.-penned “Orgy of the Dead”, which proves that if the notoriously inept director/writer was never involved in the production of a good movie, at least he patronized them.

          “Orgy of the Dead”  (1965)

    Death may be eternal, but it doesn’t hold a candle to how one feels sitting through “Orgy of the Dead”. If the opening narration, spoken by a visibly tired Criswell, soundsorgyofdeadOS vaguely familiar, it may that it is lifted almost verbatim from Ed Wood’s “Night of the Ghouls”, his presumably lost and unreleased 1958 production (it was withheld from any possibility of distribution by the film lab until the processing charges were paid in 1984), proving that in the world of low budget trash cinema, even the most desperate of material is resourcefully, though not wisely, recyclable.

    That a second use of said materials proves as equally ineffective as in its original purposing is demonstrative of the inadvisable nature of the faulty notion the shuffling of dead wood.  In fact, much of what is seen in “Orgy of the Dead” will be redundant to those familiar with the Wood oeuvre, with the only differences being the introduction of color photography, nudity of an embarrassingly unerotic abundance and the fact that the film is actually directed, not by Wood himself, but by one Stephen C. Apostolof under the pseudonym A.C. Stephen, whose open display of Wood-like directorial primitivism is indicative of the fact that even though higher artistic instincts are in evidence throughout the world of cinema, in practical terms they are difficult, if not impossible to replicate, whereas the ease of ineptitude is easily assimilated and, by all evidence, can be highly contagious. 

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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6 Responses to Dancing in the Dark: “Orgy of the Dead” (1965)

  1. Alex Good says:

    I saw this recently because I was writing up notes on mummy movies, though the mummy here doesn’t do much. It’s the kind of thing I’d call a total waste, but there was no talent or money or effort being expended on it so I guess nothing went to waste except the time I spent watching it. Just a Halloween floor show that couldn’t even afford a decent MC. I enjoy trash as much as the next guy but this was ugly.

  2. johnrieber says:

    A “lost” grindhouse classic to be sure – sometimes the best movies are the worst ones! I got this as an add-on to another disc!

  3. beetleypete says:

    I have never heard of this one, let alone seen it. However, I was diverted by the ‘Grindhouse Trailers’ above the full review, and enjoyed that clip. Though I was embarrassed to be reminded of ‘Flesh Gordon’, which I actually went to see at the cinema! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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