Orgy of the Dead (1965) - The Hunt for Edward D. Wood, Jr.
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(1965)

Orgy of the Dead - VHS, DVD
a.k.a. Orgy of the Vampires
a.k.a. Kuoleman orgiat

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Directed by Stephen Apostolof (as A.C. Stephen)
Written by Edward D. Wood, Jr.
Wood regulars
Criswell

Additional cast
Pat Barrington (as Pat Barringer)
William Bates
Fawn Silver
Texas Starr

Plot
A horror writer, John (Bates), and his fickle girlfriend, Shirley (Barrington), find themselves witnesses to the depravities of the damned following a car accident.

The Devil (Criswell) demands entertainment from the female souls under his control.
'Wood'-ness
As this is the only film Ed made with Stephen Apostolof (their first together) that featured one of the actors from Ed's heyday (Criswell), this is the true transisition film for Ed. From this point onward his involvement in the works of his filmography becomes less and less. The few times he directs are in cheaper and cheaper productions.

Still, it's interesting to see things like day to night transistions (an Ed staple) in this film, since Ed didn't direct it. The dialogue (what there is of it) is classic Ed and the sets and costumes couldn't be cheesier.

Also of note is the fact that Criswell's opening and closing speeches are taken almost word for word from Ed's film Night of the Ghouls, which remained unreleased at the time.

As long as you're not offended by the many nude dance sequences (and they're almost too goofy to be offensive) this is a definite buy.
Best Line
"Torture! Torture! It pleasures me!" - The Devil
File Under
Adult, Horror

VIDEO RELEASES

ORGY OF THE DEAD

Sometimes referred to as A.C. Stephen's Orgy of the Dead, this film has only recently seen mass market release.

VHS

Orgy of the Dead (a)This is the original release from Rhino Home Video, now out of print.

Orgy of the Dead (b)This is the current release from Rhino Home Video.

PROS: Only major release still available. Good image quality.
CONS: Getting hard to find.


Orgy of the Dead (PAL)This is the PAL release.

It should still be available from amazon.co.uk.

DVD

Orgy of the Dead (DVD)Manufacturer: Warner Bros.
Video Format: Region 1 NTSC
Comments: Features a fully restored film and trailer. Also features an informative interview with director Stephen Apostolof where he discusses (among other things) his proposed Orgy of the Dead II.



ORGY OF THE VAMPIRES

Apparently an alternate title, I am unsure where it originates.

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KUOLEMAN ORGIAT

i.e.: "Death Orgy"

This is the Finnish title for Orgy of the Dead. I have found no mass market release under this title.


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