Tuesday, February 27, 2007

DVD PICK: --> Orgy Of The Dead (1965)


"The sun is burning it never changes.
The people look up with nothing in their eyeballs.
They stare at billboards as if for guidance."
Graham Parker

NO SPOILERS:
Well gang, I’ve finally done it. Wherever I travel and whoever I may encounter, I will know with confidence that I have done it. I have finally seen the worst movie ever made.

Being a lover of cult movies, I have seen many and have read about most of the must see misfires of the cinema legends. And I am quite aware of director Ed Wood’s "Plan 9 From Outer Space"(1956) holding the title as the best of the worst. However, I’ve seen it and as bad as it is, I found it quite entertaining. At least I was able to see the effort, if not the money put into it. But the movie that I declare as the worst ever made is the 90 minute dreg called, "Orgy of the Dead."

Released in 1965, "Orgy of the Dead" had its work cut out for it from the start as once again our lovable Ed Wood had his fingers in the proverbial pie. Not as a director this time, but as the writer. And without having any previous knowledge about the film, I decided to take it home and give it a taste.

In a nutshell, the poor excuse for a plot is thinner than Nicole Richie. Two travelers are held hostage by the King of Darkness (Criswell) and forced to watch the entertainment demanded by the evil one.

(Criswell became famous for his predictions. His most accurate was predicting John F. Kennedy would not run for a second term because of something that would happen to him November, 1963. That's pretty creepy).

Individual strippers, on the King’s command, dance to macabre themes while the hostages struggle to escape. One strip dancer after another, after another, after another, etc. display their run-of-the-mill talents looking like rejects from Michelle’s Beach House. Don’t get me wrong, most are pretty attractive, but their dancing is lamer than the parking arrangements on the Newman U. campus.

The acting, what little there is...is bad. Lines obviously delivered on a one take basis are hilarious to watch. Whether it is the hostage couple planning their exodus, or the King of Darkness planning their demise, makes it difficult deciding who to pull for. To add even more silliness to this mayhem, from time to time a werewolf and a mummy wander onto the set like a comedy team and has absolutely nothing to do with the story.

To be sure, this movie stinks. But, knowing this going in, one can have a good time pointing out the lameness as well as wondering what they paid the dancing girls for their bizarrely unique efforts and wondering what street they’re working on now.

Don’t go out of your way to find this travesty, but if you stumble upon it blindly, it must be kismet. Take it home and enjoy.

Must See Moment: Watch for the "Mummy" and Werewolf" appearances throughout the film. Makeup keeps falling apart and they both sound and act like they are buzzed.
(1st appear. Vantage/Newman U.)

Casey Chambers

Graham Parker--> "Stupefaction" off The Up Escalator (1980) (BUY)

2 comments:

mjrc said...

thanks for the link-up, casey. : )

can't say as i've ever seen this particular bad, bad movie, but i do own "the attack of the killer tomatoes," and it's pretty near as bad!

Casey said...

Like they say "mjrc"...sometimes the spoilt cream gets to rise to the top, too!