Orgy of the Dead (1965)

ORGY OF THE DEAD (1965)
Article #614 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 11-19-2002
Posting date: 4-14-2003

A writer and his girlfriend become prisoners of creatures of the night who force them to watch striptease dances in an old graveyard.

The movie ED WOOD didn’t cover Wood’s declining years, when he ended up making pornographic movies, and finally couldn’t even find work there. This movie hovers somewhat between those two phases; it’s a nudie rather than full-blown pornography, and was directed by A. C. Stephens from a script by Wood based on a novel written by him. Criswell is on hand as the prince of darkness. The dialogue is hilarious and the acting is horrible, but what would you really expect? Yet ultimately, the story only exists as an excuse for an endless parade of striptease dances, and though this may sound like it might have a certain appeal, the sad fact of the matter is that a little goes a long way, and I found it hard to keep awake during this one. It doesn’t help that there’s so much fog that it obscures the “action” much of the time. Nor does it help that the music doesn’t sync up with the dancing; you can tell the strippers are dancing to something, but it’s obviously not the music you’re hearing. After a while, I just found myself waiting for the moments between the dances, when the characters (including a mummy with a fear of snakes and a werewolf) engage in their discussions of the action. A curiosity, to be sure, but you’ll need to keep some caffeine (or the fast forward) on hand. Incidentally, Criswell’s opening dialogue is the same speech that opened Wood’s NIGHT OF THE GHOULS.

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