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Ed Wood

Edward Davis Wood, Jr. (1924-1978) is often referred to as one of the worst film directors of all time. While that title is debatable, he is certainly one of the most notorious, known for shooting cheaply-made and poorly-acted films on shoe-string budgets.

Wood often used the same actors in his films, and his "troupe" included Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Paul Marco, Conrad Brooks, and Duke Moore.

Wood's movies have gained a remarkable fan base since his death. In 1994, Tim Burton directed a biopic about Wood starring Johnny Depp.

In 1998, a previously unreleased collection of Wood's writings was published as the book Hollywood Rat Race. Written throughout the 1960s, the book serves partially as a memoir of Wood's experiences and partially as a guide to those seeking to make a career in the movie business.

Riffed Movies

Ed Wood's films have been riffed on Mystery Science Theater 3000, by Michael J. Nelson, RiffTrax, RiffTrax Presents Bridget & Mary Jo, and The Mads Are Back.

Filmography

  • The Baron of Arizona (1950), stuntwork
  • The Sun Was Setting (1951), writer/director
  • Double Noose (1952), writer/director
  • Crossroad Avenger (1953), writer/director
  • Boots (1953), writer/director
  • Glen or Glenda (1953), writer/director/actor
  • Son of the Renegade (1953), writer
  • Trick Shooting with Kenne Duncan (1953), writer/director
  • Jail Bait (1954), writer/director
  • The Lawless Rider (1954), writer
  • Bride of the Monster (1955), writer/director
  • The Violent Years (1956), writer
  • The Astounding She-Monster (1957), consultant
  • Final Curtain (1957), writer/director
  • The Night the Banshee Cried (1957), writer/director
  • The Bride and the Beast (1958), writer
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), writer/director
  • Night of the Ghouls (1959), writer/director/actor
  • Autonetics Aviation industrial films (1960s), writer/director
  • The Sinister Urge (1960/61), writer/director/actor
  • Shotgun Wedding (1963), writer
  • Orgy of the Dead (1965), writer
  • For Love or Money (1969), writer
  • The Love Feast (1969), writer/director/actor
  • One Million AC/DC (1969), writer
  • "Cinema Classics" films (early 1970s), writer/director
  • "Swedish Erotica" films (early 1970s), writer/director
  • Mrs. Stone's Thing (1970), actor
  • Take It Out in Trade (1970), writer/director/actor
  • The Venus Flytrap (1970), writer
  • Necromania (1971), writer/director
  • Nympho Cycler (1971), writer/director/actor
  • The Only House (1971), writer/director
  • The Young Marrieds (1971), writer/director
  • The Class Reunion (1972), writer
  • Drop-Out Wife (1972), writer
  • The Snow Bunnies (1972), writer
  • The Undergraduate (1972), writer/director
  • The Cocktail Hostesses (1973), writer
  • Fugitive Girls (1974), writer/actor
  • Sex Education Correspondence School (1975), writer/director
  • The Beach Bunnies (1976), writer
  • Hot Ice (1977), writer
  • Beach Blanket Bloodbath (1985), writer
  • Hellborn (1993), writer/director/actor
  • Plan 69 from Outer Space (1993), writer
  • Glen and Glenda (1994), writer
  • Crossroads of Laredo (1996), writer/director/actor
  • I Awoke Early the Day I Died (1997/2003), writer
  • I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998), writer
  • Devil Girls (2000/07), writer
  • The Vampire's Tomb (2007), writer
  • To Kill a Saturday Night (2007), writer[1]

Sources

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