NIGHT OF THE GHOULS (1958) Reviews and overview


Night of the Ghouls is a 1958 horror feature film [released in 1959] written and directed by Ed D. Wood Jr, and a sequel of sorts to the 1955 film Bride of the Monster. The film’s shooting title was Revenge of the Dead.


A confidence trickster, Doctor Acula (Kenne Duncan) who pretends to be able to contact the dead, and charges people large amounts of money to speak to their relatives. Unfortunately, Acula inadvertently summons a group of real ghosts…

The movie features a prologue and a brief acting role by Criswell, who also narrated Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space.

“The old soundstage where Ghouls occurred had a set “not much bigger than a phone booth” according to assistant Ronnie Ashcroft, which perhaps explains why the action moves into prop rooms, janitor closets, dressing rooms and dubbing booths. Ever a man for detail, Ed makes sure each room has at least one skull, full skeleton, or in the film’s one truly creepy and original scene, a mannequin.” Bright Lights Film

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