BRIDE OF THE MONSTER
1956/Director: Edward D. Wood Jr./Writers: Edward D. Wood Jr., Alex Gordon
Cast: Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Tony McCoy, Loretta King, Harvey B. Dunn, George Becwar, Paul Marco, Don Nagel, Delored Fuller
I have actually always liked Ed Wood's films long before the Tim Burton docu-drama made his name a little famous with mainstream movie goers. I once had almost everything he did on VHS and watched them a few times. Again I have most everything he did and still find I enjoy watching them. It is not fair to say the guy had no talent whatsoever. In fact in Bride of the Monster some of the scenes are shot fairly well. The same can be said for the "sequel" to 1955's Bride, Night of the Ghouls, which came out the same year as Plan 9 from Outer Space, 1959. Some moments show skill and focus but of course in the big picture we get a sense of real disorganization on the part of Wood and his crew. I have never cared much for the Mystery Science Theater or Cinematic Titanic type shows that rip apart a bad movie scene but you can really see this type of film sets it self up as a sitting duck for such a show.
But then you have to belong to the camp that can enjoy a poorly made film, one that is a production shambles from the word go. I certainly can enjoy such films, as I did with the much worse The Creeping Terror. What shines through in Wood's films, as opposed to other Z quality bad films, is the desire to really make movies and tell a story. I have seen my share of films, many of them modern horror, that lack any real passion or inspiration on the part of the filmmakers and a big budget and spiffy post production tricks cannot hide that lack of zest.