Blu-Ray Review – Orgy of the Dead

Orgy of the Dead most certainly doesn’t live up to it’s lurid title but it’s so bizarre you have to admire it. It came out of the mind of everybody’s favourite bad director Ed Wood even though he just contributed the script, the direction is much worse than anything Ed every did. It’s directed by Stephen C. Apostolof who would give Ed steady work in nudie cuties and eventually porn during the last 2 decades of his life.

The narrative is practically nonexistent a couple Bob (William Bates) and Shirley (Pat Barrington) are driving to find a cemetery as inspiration for Bob who is a horror writer. He crashes the car and they wake up in a cemetery and for the next 80 minutes it’s a continuous burlesque show with various girls including a not very undead looking zombie girl. Ed Wood’s old cohort Criswell reprises his opening speech for Ed’s last proper film Night of the Ghouls and he sticks around for the show summoning the girls to dance. He is joined by the famous burlesque dancer Fawn Silver as the Black Ghoul and is dressed up as a low-rent Vampira who declined to be in the film.

It’s complete trash but it’s fairly enjoyable and would be a very fun thing to have projected at a club night or gig. Even though the majority of the running time it has plenty of Ed Woodism from the cast to the name of Shirley which was Wood’s own name for his female alter-ego. It’s a shame Ed was forced out of necessity to write and later direct this crap. He would die at the far too young 54 in total poverty of a heart attack which spurned on by years of depression and chronic alcoholism.

The release the lovely people at Vinegar Syndrome have done is as always exceptional. The print is pristine and looks far better than it did at the time for sure. The special features include new interviews with actress Nadejda Dobrev and the cameraman Ted V. Mikels who would go on to become a cult director in his own right. The biggest draw however is a commentary by Frank Henenlotter of Basket Case fame and Rudolph Grey who along with Adam Parfrey wrote the definitive biography of Ed Wood Nightmare of Ecstasy which became the basis of the much-loved biopic directed by Tim Burton.

The film is unratable.

Ian Schultz

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