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In , Wood was introduced to actor Bela Lugosi by friend and fellow writer-producer Alex Gordon , Wood's roommate at the time, who went on to help create American International Pictures. Lugosi's son, Bela Lugosi, Jr. Lugosi had become dependent on morphine as a way of controlling his debilitating sciatica over the years, and was in a horrendous physical state. The film was loosely based on trans woman Christine Jorgensen. While panned by critics then and now being considered as one of Wood's worst films , though many praise the camp qualities, the film is notable for its groundbreaking empathetic portrayal of LGBT issues at a time when most media were very hostile.

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Bela Lugosi was supposed to play the lead role of the plastic surgeon, but was busy when filming started and had to bow out. In , Wood produced and directed the horror film Bride of the Monster originally titled Bride of the Atom , based on an original story idea by Alex Gordon which he entitled The Atomic Monster. Following the making of this film, Lugosi turned himself in to the state hospital for treatment for his drug addiction. The film was premiered as "Grave Robbers" at a small screening in , was released theatrically as "Plan Nine" in , and was sold to late night television in , thereby finding an audience.

It became his best-known film, and received a cult following in , where Michael Medved declared this film " the worst film ever made " in his book The Golden Turkey Awards. Morgan, starring Playboy model Jean Moorhead. The film was only released marginally in March , and then promptly vanished from sight for nearly three decades, when it was resurrected on home video.

For many years, it was thought to be a lost film. Wood also wrote the screenplay for the film The Bride and the Beast , although someone else directed it. Filmed in five days, this is the last mainstream film Wood directed, although it has grindhouse elements. The movie contains an "eerily prescient" [11] scene, in which Carl Anthony's character states, "I look at this slush, and I try to remember, at one time, I made good movies. The scenes of teenagers at a pizza place were shot in for the unfinished juvenile delinquency film Rock and Roll Hell a. This includes a fight scene performed by Ed Wood himself uncredited and Conrad Brooks.

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In , Wood wrote the screenplay for Shotgun Wedding , an exploitation film about hillbillies marrying child brides, and Wood's transitional film, once again combining two genres, horror and grindhouse skin-flick, was 's Orgy of the Dead , originally titled Nudie Ghoulies. Wood handled various production details while Stephen C.


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Apostolof directed under the pseudonym A. The film begins with a re-creation of the opening scene from the then-unreleased Night of the Ghouls.

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Criswell, wearing one of Lugosi's old capes, rises from his coffin to deliver an introduction taken almost word-for-word from the previous film. Set in a misty graveyard, the Lord of the Dead Criswell and his sexy consort, the Black Ghoul a Vampira look-alike , preside over a series of macabre performances by topless dancers from beyond the grave recruited by Wood from local strip clubs.

The film also features a Wolf Man and a Mummy. Together, Wood and Apostolof went on to make a string of sexploitation films up to Wood co-wrote the screenplays and occasionally acted. Beginning in the early s, Wood wrote at least eighty lurid crime and sex novels in addition to hundreds of short stories and non-fiction pieces for magazines.

In Nightmare of Ecstasy , Maila Nurmi said she declined Wood's offer to do a nude scene sitting in a coffin for the film version of his Necromania , claiming she was recovering from a major stroke at the time. In , Wood wrote the quasi- memoir Hollywood Rat Race , which was eventually published in In it, Wood advises new writers to "just keep on writing. Even if your story gets worse, you'll get better", and also recounts tales of dubious authenticity, such as how he and Bela Lugosi entered the world of nightclub cabaret.

Wood had a long-term relationship with actress and songwriter Dolores Fuller , whom he met in late Fuller later said she initially had no idea that Wood was a crossdresser and was mortified when she saw Wood dressed as a woman in Glen or Glenda. The couple broke up in after Wood cast another actress in the lead role of Bride of the Monster Wood originally wrote the part for Fuller and because of Wood's excessive drinking. Wood married his second wife, Kathy O'Hara, in They remained married until Wood's death in In , Wood appeared in The Photographer a.

Robertson, portraying a photographer using his position to engage in sexual antics with models. He had a smaller role in Robertson's second film, Mrs. Contents Introduction Selected short subjects Glen or Glenda? Notes Includes bibliographical references and index. Includes filmography. View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Set up My libraries How do I set up "My libraries"?

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Book Description McFarland, Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Filmmaker Ed Wood was controversial and critically maligned, even labeled 'the worst director of all time', yet he achieved cult status and remains of great interest today.

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This book frames Wood's work, such as the cross-dressing themed "Glen or Glenda? Yet there was a tangible if unfocused thematic thrust to Wood's films, which meditate fitfully on gender, religion and society, revealing a 'holy trinity' of fixations - sex, death and resurrection. Wood's infamous "Plan 9 From Outer Space" encapsulates the fixations and flaws that were his hallmarks, and with 22 other films, is explored here. A filmography and 51 photographs are included in this title.

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