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Night of the Ghouls (1959)

Unrated | | Horror | 1984 (USA)
Phony spiritualist raises the dead.

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Duke Moore ...
Lt. Daniel Bradford (as 'Duke' Moore)
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Valda Hansen ...
Johnny Carpenter ...
Captain Robbins (as John Carpenter)
Paul Marco ...
Don Nagel ...
Crandel
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Darmoor
Jeannie Stevens ...
Harvey B. Dunn ...
Margaret Mason ...
Martha
Clay Stone ...
Young Man
Marcelle Hemphill ...
Mrs. Wingate Yates Foster
Tom Mason ...
Foster Ghost
James La Maida ...
Hall
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Follow-up to Ed Wood's "Plan 9 from Outer Space" about the walking dead, It opens in a cemetery. Criswell, the "real" medium, rises from his coffin to tell us of "monsters to be despised." Dr. Acula (Kenne Duncan) is a phony medium aided by Valda Hansen, a bogus ghost, and big Tor Johnson, wearing rags and horrible scar makeup as Lobo. The doctor swindles people by pretending to contact dead relatives, but then accidentally succeeds in reviving a bunch of corpses that bury him alive! Sat unreleased for 23 years because Wood couldn't pay the lab bill! Followed by "Sinister Urge" in 1961 (Wood's last film). Written by alfiehitchie

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SPOOLER: There are notable similarities between this film and one of its contemporaries, The Unearthly (1957) by Boris Petroff. In both films the characters gather at an isolated location far from the city; a charismatic deceiver exploits others for his own purposes, promising them extraordinary services; undercover lawmen manage to expose the conspiracies; and the villains meet their fates at the hands of someone they previously exploited. Tor Johnson also plays a character called "Lobo" in both films, and both characters are working for the main villains. Both films were shot in 1957, though it is unclear if one was intentionally modeled after the other. See more »

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Lt. Bradford recalls the staircase that leads up to the lab from when he was there before to bust Vornoff. In Bride Of The Monster, the lab was actually below ground. See more »

Quotes

Karl: What is the meaning of this intrusion on our privacy?
Lt. Daniel Bradford: There are others in this house?
Karl: Many, the living and those gone beyond. The dead. But I can't see where that's any of your affair.
Lt. Daniel Bradford: The living and the dead. Why, yes. Yes.
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Referenced in On the Trail of Ed Wood (1990) See more »

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S10's Reviews: Night of the Ghoul (1959)
1 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Ed Wood rounds up the usual suspects for this craptastic shocker. Lt. Moore is hot on the trail of shyster medium Dr. Acula (Uh huh, Dracula…I get it) who sets up his show in the good old Dr. Vornoff's (Bela Lugosi's lair in 'Bride of the Gorilla' (1955)) old lair to bilk little old ladies hard earned social security by channeling their love ones with floating sheets and phantom trumpet players who couldn't hold a tune even if they had pockets.. This guy couldn't talk to the dead with a two cans connected by string.

The Woodmeister really outdoes himself with 'Ghouls'. I was laughing my butt off during the good doctor's séances. Oh great swami salami please raise the dead. 'Night of the Ghouls' is badly acted with horrible dialogue and some of the cheesiest effects in all his films. I had a great time with this one. 4/5


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