Monday, February 15, 2010

Pat Barrington Week: Orgy of the Dead (1965)

"Naked spirits! Topless dancers! And Criswell!"

Ed Wood Jr. penned, and Stephen C. Apostolof directed Orgy of the Dead is a silly, silly movie. Pat Barrington stars as Shirley, who is out for a drive with boyfriend/author Bob (really?) when they get into a car wreck near a cemetery. They hear music, and find "The Emperor of the Night" (Criswell, Plan 9 from Outer Space) and "The Black Ghoul" (Fawn Silver, Mother Goose a Go-Go) judging the dead to see if they deserve everlasting pleasure or damnation. How is this accomplished? Simple, they are judged on their striptease ability. Duh.

The Emperor's minions, a rubber-suited mummy and werewolf, capture the couple and force them to watch the festivities. The Black Ghoul is in infatuated with Shirley, and hopes to make the girl her plaything. The Emperor promises Shirley to The Black Ghoul, only to be saved at the last moment by the sun, which destroys all the ghouls. Then Shirley and Bob wake up at the crash site. It was all just a dream. Or was it?

Basically, this is five minutes of plot, and eighty-five minutes of striptease. Old school, go-go dancing with some of filmdom's corniest "jazz" and the costume and dance are reflections of the dancers' lives and deaths. Barrington also appears as "The Gold Girl" (credited as Pat Barringer), a woman who lusted after gold in life, and whose punishment was to be turned into gold for eternity. So, it is a morality play. Obviously. Right?





5 comments:

The Vicar of VHS said...

I saw this a long time ago and was bored, but I think I might appreciate it more now. Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't most of the dancers/spirits kind of overdo it with the whole "Expressionless Zombie Visage" look? Of course, you dance away the best years of your life in a truck stop and end up donning crazy wigs and shaking it in front of a drunk in an angora sweater, maybe the sourpuss could be forgiven. ;)

Darius Whiteplume said...

I'd call that an apt observation. It did get quite tiresome, and I watched quite a bit of it on 2x speed ;-)

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

It's only a movie right?

Darius Whiteplume said...

If there is a hell, I hope there are strippers. ;-D I don't want to shake my junk for Satan, but maybe for The Black Ghoul.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Oh there ARE strippers in hell. I am not shovelling coal eight hours a day for nothing. STRIKE STRIKE STRIKE STRIKE

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