Ed wood, creator of what is arguably the worst movie ever, Plan 9 From Outer Space, made more than just that one movie. He made quite a few movies and Bride of the Monster is one of those movies.
Starring an ageing and in poor health Bela Lugosi as Doctor Eric Vornoff who, with the help of his mute, physically powerful assistant Lobo (played by Tor Johnson) creates super powerful being with the use of atomic power. The town that he has taken up residence in is suddenly awash in disappearances and reports of monster sightings. Coincidence? Well, most likely not.
The local police force, a mysterious scientist that reports to specialize in monsters, and a female reported from the local paper all take up the cause to find the source of the monsters. Of course, the female reporter is quickly captured by Lobo and taken to Dr. Vornoff to be part of his evil experiments. Everyone else spends there time trying to find and then defeat the Doctor. Throw in plot elements that don’t connect to anything else, terrible dialogue and performances that make an elementary school play look like an Ocsar Award winning production. It’s dumb and fun – filled with stock footage and cheeziness – keep your eye out for Lugosi’s epic battle with his own giant Octopus monster – a classic scene in it’s own right.
This is a bad film, but it had so much charm I just had to like it. Despite being of poor health and suffering from years of morphine addiction, Bela Lugosi is compelling and interesting performance. And there is something else: despite making bad movies, I really get the feeling that Ed Wood genuinely loved movies, and the act of making them. This, to me comes through in these terrible films of his.
Yes, this is a bad film that I thoroughly enjoyed watching. I DO recommend this one, if you can trade quality for charm. This movie is now in the public domain which means it is freely and legally available – In fact, the whole film is available on Youtube. You should get some popcorn, leave your sense of disbeliefe at the door, grab a seat and watch it.
Here is a trailer:
And here is the whole mess of a film for your enjoyment:
I remember being excited when I read that Tim Burton was making a film starring Johnny Depp as the infamous B-Movie director/actor/writer Ed Wood. I remember saying I was going to go see that movie opening night. That was in 1994. Tonight I watched this film for the first time. Will someone tell me what is wrong with my head?
For those out there that don’t know who Ed Wood was here’s a real quick description: A strange, driven cross dressing film maker, Ed Wood created such low budget classics as Glen or Glenda, Bride of the Monster the movie he will forever be remembered for, Plan 9 From Outer Space – widely considered to be one of, if not the worst movies ever made. I wrote about it recently here on the blog. Several of these Ed Wood’s films starred his friend, the ageing Bela Lugosi. This is the story of Ed Wood and his struggle to get these classic, terrible films made and the people that got caught up in the whirlwind that he was. Johnny Depp is amazing as Ed wood himself. I really enjoyed his portrayal of this quirky individual. He really had me rooting for a lunatic. Bela Lugosi is played by Martin Landau in a roll that won him the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Landau made me forget that it wasn’t Lugosi himself. Add to that amazing supporting rolls from an all star cast that included Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray, Jeffery Jones (and more), and you have a great film. Ed Wood is simply a great film. I am a big Tim Burton fan. I am a big Johnny Depp fan. I love those cheezy Ed Wood films. Tim Burton made a film about Ed Wood starring Johnny Depp. Perfect… Everything works. Add to the that the film was great and that is why I call this a masterpiece. Tim Burton made a film about a film maker that was better than any film that film maker ever made. Try saying that ten times while hopping on one foot while juggling.
If you haven’t seen this film, you must. If you have seen it, then why not watch it again.
Here’s the trailer: