I don't think this is so bad it's good. I think it's genuinely great. The entire film feels so deeply intimate. It's experimental and emotional in a way few films are. It's remarkable we have a cinematic document from 1953 from a genderqueer artist. I wrote more about it here: https://thecinephale.tumblr.com/post/178902920907/happy-birthday-shirley-wood
Although elements of the film are as incompetent as one might expect given Wood's later reputation, there is nonetheless a fearlessness & originality that makes the experience of the film entirely unique. Similarly, the astounding nightmare sequence is not only an expression of genuine surrealism analogous to Cocteau, it manages to predict the entire career of David Lynch several decades before Lynch was even a name.
perfect. so horrible I couldn't move my eyes away from the screen.
maybe mr. wood was a genius and was doing an experimental film. whether or not, you must respect the man that created the (so bad it's great) genre of movies!
Simply one of the most rivetingly bizarre films I've ever seen. Wood splits his skull open and shamelessly spills the contents right onto the celluloid, substituting his lack of talent with sincere passion. You have to watch this at least once.
It’s hard to hate a film where the director want to point out that even different people are people. Ed Wood may have done strange creative choices but it is all very entertaining. Lugosi do God as a mad Hungarian scientist spitting out dialogue that may or may not mean anything and there are a nightmare consisting of bad actors waving their hands and Satan with big eyebrows laughing. Love the weirdness.
Fascinating historic document showing the ponderous Freudian analysis used in the 1950s to explain transvestism. Lovely to see Glen's engagement story sensitively filmed. Many strange and awkward moments in the footage of Lugosi, and in the male-gaze dream sequence involving bondage and women in negligees. Nothing here about women dressing as men, though cross-dressers of either sex were heavily fined/jailed/reviled.