ORGY OF THE DEAD (orgy of the vampires) (1965 U.S.) D/P: "A.C. STEPHENS" (STEPHEN C. APOSTOLOFF) W: EDWARD D. WOOD JR.
Based on Wood`s novel, this very laid back and cool nudie horror comedy is a classic. Criswell (in a Dracula cape) introduces and narrates ("some of you may faint"). A badly acting couple (Pat Barrington is the girl) drive their car at night (although in longshot it`s day) looking for a graveyard. He`s a novelist who explains how he needs inspiration for his horror stories (in great Ed Wood dialogue that continues at intervals throughout the film). The car crashes and they find themselves outside a graveyard where various strippers dance for Criswell, his Vampira-like assistant (The Black Ghoul) and a mummy and a wolfman (who are great fun as comic-relief). The Indian girl is first, then the streetwalker (who has a skeleton in her act and pretty much just walks around). On to the gold woman ("throw gold at her" yells Criswell) who`s finally dipped in gold (she`s also played by Barrington). Criswell laughs hysterically at this point (he usually just nods his head at nothing in particular). The mummy and the wolfman discover the couple watching and tie them up ("Fiends! Fiends!"). A woman dressed in leopard skin with cut outs for her tits and buttocks dances next. She`s also whipped by a man. "Torture! Torture! It pleasures me" announces Criswell, and the slave girl dances. A Hawaiian girl who worshipped snakes (stock footage of a rattlesnake). A woman who killed her husband and dances with his skeleton watching (she really seems to enjoy doing the twist). The zombie woman, another one and then finally the sun comes up to turn Criswell and the ghoul into skeletons before the couple are sacrificed. An ambulance crew tends to them and it turns out maybe the whole thing was a crash-induced hallucination. But Criswell`s narration suggests maybe not. Ted V. Mikels was a cameraman for this thoroughly enjoyable experience. Don`t miss it! In Sexicolor! Photographer Caramico made SEX RITUALS OF THE OCCULT. Robert Derteno was the Art Director. Many more Wood/Apostoloff movies followed through the 70`s.

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