Ok, so you knew it was only a matter of time before those wacky kids at Indie Film Cafe would get around to do a podcast of an Ed Wood moovie, right? I mean, ol’ Ed is the Crown Prince of Le Bad Cinema, and you cud pick pretty much any one of his flaccid flicks for a hoot and a holler. But Night of the Ghouls (1959) is kind of special because it really does bridge the gap between Ed’s golden stinky years and his later, alcohol-fueled nudie-quickie films during his later downward spiral – so you can honestly say it captures the very last of his earnest and hopeful creative energies. Ed Wood still had hope at this point, and Night of the Ghouls gleefully snuffs it out, like a naughty 8 year old boy stomping an ant hill. For Ed Wood alumnus Kenne Duncan, it was his last major role; Duke Moore still had 1960’s The Sinister Urge and 1970’s grungy Take it Out in Trade to look forward to; Tor Johnson had 1961’s The Beast of Yucca Flats to look forward to, and not much else; poor Valda Hansen would have s few crappy 70’s nudie flicks in her future, and that’s about it; Harvey B. Dunn would also end up in the Sinister Urge, but for long-time Ed Wood Alum Paul Marco, thous would be his last Ed Wod moovie, and the curtain call for Officer Kelton. So, in many ways, Night of the Ghouls represents the sad end of an wonderfully stinky era. So enjoy the moaning Lobo, the goofy as f*@% seance scene, Harvey B. Dunne’s nagging shrew of a wife, the inexplicable drunk who hiccups, farts, and then leaves, and sooo much moore!
As one might expect, this episode was pretty stinky: the MooCow gave it a 7.5, while Just Jenn gave it a 7; Moody took pity on ol’ Ed Wood and gave it a 6, for a total Stink Score of 20.5!
Those looking for some hot trailer action can find it here! Ed Wood’s stinky classic has inspired loads of folks, from Elvira to gothy punk band Ghoul Squad, to beach rave-up band the Dynotones! If you want to git yer hooves on a copy of this moovie for yourself, and who wouldn’t, then go to Amazon and be prepared to fork over some of your hard-earned moolah – and check out a release overview of this and udder Ed Wood moovies at Ed Wood On-line! And if you REALLY wanna splurge, go for the Ed Wood Box set HERE, which has Glen or Glenda, Jail Bait, Bride of the Monster, Plan Nine from Outer Space, Night of the Ghouls, and the great documentary the Haunted World of Ed Wood – trust the MooCow, you’ll be glad you did!