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Orgy of the Dead

Orgy of the Dead is an unrated 1965 film directed by A. C. Stephens and written by Ed Wood. It is something of a transition for Wood: it is a combination of horror and erotica, thus showing where Wood came from and where he was headed (pornography). Wood also wrote the novel of the same name.

Plot summary

A young couple, Bob (William Bates) and Shirley (sexploitation starlet Pat Barrington, billed as Pat Barringer) survive a car crash only to find themselves tied to posts in a misty cemetery where they are forced to watch dead spirits dance for the Emperor of the Night played by Criswell (best known for Plan 9 From Outer Space). Ten striptease performances by topless dancers from beyond the grave outfitted in various motifs make up the bulk of this movie. A moth-eaten werewolf and mummy are also tossed in for a few comic relief bits. Barrington doubles as the blond Gold Girl (inspired by Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger) while her red-headed "Shirley" character watches her perform. Criswell's undead consort, the sexy Black Ghoul, was written for Maila Nurmi, a.k.a. Vampira, but was instead played by Fawn Silver, who wore a black bouffant wig.

Wood served as writer, production manager, casting agent, and even held up cue cards on this low-budget film, although he did not direct. An in-depth article on the making of this film was published in Femme Fatales, 7:1 (June 1998).

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