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Edward D. Wood, Jr.

Edward D. Wood, Jr. in the film Glen or Glenda
Born: October 10, 1924
Died: December 10, 1978
Occupation: Film director, screenwriter, actor and producer
Spouse: Kathy Wood

Edward Davis Wood, Jr. (October 10, 1924December 10, 1978) was an American motion picture director, screenwriter, actor and producer. Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, KG, OM, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, PC (16 April 1881–23 December 1959), known as The Lord Irwin from 1925 until 1934 and as The Viscount Halifax from 1934 until 1944, was a British Conservative politician. ... A widely used promo shot of a mature Edward D. Wood Jr. ... October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years). ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar). ... December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 21 days before the next year. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke while waiting between takes during location filming An actor or actress is a person who acts, or plays a role, in a dramatic production. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years). ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar). ... December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 21 days before the next year. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke while waiting between takes during location filming An actor or actress is a person who acts, or plays a role, in a dramatic production. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ...


In the 1950s, Wood made a run of independently produced, extremely low-budget horror, science fiction and cowboy films, now celebrated for their technical errors, unsophisticated special effects, idiosyncratic dialogue, eccentric casts and outlandish plot elements. Wood is commonly regarded as one of the worst filmmakers of all time, although in fairness, his films did receive theatrical release and did attract customers, unlike some big-studio projects that were never completed or released. Wood's flair for showmanship gave his productions at least a modicum of commercial success. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... i like western films The Western is an American genre in literature and film. ...


Wood's heyday ended soon after his biggest "name" star, Bela Lugosi, died. He was able to salvage a saleable feature from Lugosi's last moments on film, but his career declined thereafter. Toward the end, Wood made pornography and wrote pulp crime, horror, and sex novels. Bela Lugosi as Dracula United States stamp. ... Pornographic movies Pornography (Porn) (from Greek πόρνη (porne) prostitute and γραφή (grafe) writing), more informally referred to as porn or porno, is the explicit representation of the human body or sexual activity with the goal of sexual arousal. ... Flynns Detective Fiction from 1941. ...


Wood's posthumous fame began two years after his death, when he was awarded a Golden Turkey Award as Worst Director of All Time.[1] The lack of conventional filmmaking ability in his work has earned Wood and his films a considerable cult following. Following the publication of Rudolph Grey's biography Nightmare of Ecstasy, Wood's life and work have undergone minor public rehabilitation, with new light shed on his evident zeal and honest love of movies and movie production. Tim Burton's biopic, Ed Wood, earned an Academy Award -- an unattainable honor for Wood himself. The Golden Turkey Award is an award given to poor movies and directors. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Rudolph Grey is a musician and writer. ... Timothy William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer known for his off-beat and quirky style. ... Ed Wood is a biopic directed by Tim Burton, stars Johnny Depp as the cross-dressing cult movie maker Edward D. Wood Jr. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...

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Early years

Wood's father, Edward Sr, worked for the Postal Service and his family was relocated numerous times around the United States. Eventually, they settled in Poughkeepsie, New York where Ed Wood, Jr. was born. The United States Postal Service (USPS) is an independent establishment of the executive branch of the United States Government (see 39 U.S.C. Â§ 201) responsible for providing postal service in the United States. ... Poughkeepsie (pronounced ) is a city in New York, USA and serves as the county seat of Dutchess County, located in the Hudson River Valley roughly midway between New York City and Albany. ... NY redirects here. ...


During his childhood, Wood was interested in the performing arts and pulp fiction. He collected comics and pulp magazines, and adored movies, most notably Westerns and anything involving the occult. He would often skip school in favor of watching pictures at the local movie theater, at which stills from the day's movie would often be thrown in the trash by theatre staff, allowing Wood to salvage them to add to his extensive collection. Flynns Detective Fiction from 1941. ... Comics (or, less commonly, sequential art) is a form of visual art consisting of images which are commonly combined with text, often in the form of speech balloons or image captions. ... i like western films The Western is an American genre in literature and film. ... The word occult comes from the Latin occultus (clandestine, hidden, secret), referring to knowledge of the hidden. In the medical sense it is used commonly to refer to a structure or process that is hidden, e. ... Truancy is a term used to describe an intentional unauthorized absence from compulsory schooling. ... A typical multiplex (AMC Promenade 16 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California). ...


It is believed that Wood's mother Lillian always wanted a girl and sometimes dressed her son up in skirts and dresses until he was about 12 years old.[citation needed] For the rest of his life, Wood was a non-sexually oriented transvestite. For a discussion of the history and current usage of the term transvestite, see transvestism. ...


One of his first paid jobs was as a cinema usher, although he also sang and played drums in a band. He later fronted a singing quartet called Eddie Wood's Little Splinters, having learned to play a variety of string instruments. Wood was given his first movie camera on his 17th birthday: a Kodak "City Special." One of his first pieces of footage was a plane crashing to the ground, which imbued him with pride. Usher may refer to: Look up usher in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Eastman Kodaks origins rest with Eastman Dry Plate Company, founded by inventor George Eastman and businessman Henry Strong in 1881. ...


Wood enlisted in the Marines at age 17, just months after the Attack on Pearl Harbor. He claimed that he had participated in the Battle of Guadalcanal while secretly wearing a brassiere and panties beneath his uniform. The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces to global crises. ... Combatants United States Empire of Japan Commanders Husband Kimmel (USN), Walter Short (USA) Chuichi Nagumo (IJN), Mitsuo Fuchida (IJNAS), Shigekazu Shimazaki (IJNAS) Strength 8 battleships, 8 cruisers, 29 destroyers, 9 submarines, ~50 other ships, ~390 planes 6 aircraft carriers, 9 destroyers, 2 battleships, 2 heavy cruisers, 1 light cruiser, 8... Operation Watchtower On August 7, 1942, the 1st Marine Division performed an amphibious landing east of the Tenaru River. ...


Fascinated by the exotic and bizarre, Wood joined a carnival after discharge from the Marines. His several missing teeth and disfigured leg (souvenirs from his time in combat) combined with personal fetishes and acting skills made him a perfect candidate for the freak show. Wood played, among others, the geek and the bearded lady. As the bearded lady, he donned women's clothing and created his own prosthetic breasts. Carnivals would be frequently depicted in Wood's works, most notably (and semi-autobiographically) in the novel Killer in Drag. Carnival or Carnivale is an annual Christian festival season. ... Coney Island and its popular on-going freak show. ... Jennifer Miller, bearded woman The bearded woman has been a phenomenon of legend, curiosity, ridicule, and more recently, political statement and fashion statement. ... A pregnant womans breasts. ...


Wood's other vices included soft drugs, alcohol and sex. While he respected women and was completely faithful to his girlfriends (most notably Dolores Fuller) and wife Kathy O'Hara, he was a notorious womanizer in his younger days. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Girlfriend of the notorious Ed Wood, Dolores Fuller (born 1923) also earned popularity in her own right. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Movies

Edward D. Wood, Jr. clad in wig and angora sweater for Glen or Glenda.
Edward D. Wood, Jr. clad in wig and angora sweater for Glen or Glenda.
"If you want to know me, see 'Glen or Glenda'. That's me, that's my story, no question. But 'Plan 9' is my pride and joy. We used Cadillac hubcaps for flying saucers in that." - Ed Wood.

The flying saucers in Plan 9 from Outer Space were not actually made from car hubcaps, but from cheap model flying saucer kits purchased at a local toy store. But the "hubcap myth" was such a good story that Wood would continue to claim it in interviews. The octopus at the end of Bride of the Monster was supposed to have a motor to create the effect of a violent flailing beast, but the motor could not be located at the time, which is why it seems as if the actor in the scene is wrestling with mere rubber. Wood and his cohorts literally stole the octopus from Republic Studios in the dead of night, and accidentally tore off one of its legs before shooting. Ed Wood as Glenda in the movie Glen or Glenda. Employed as a Fair Use image. ... Ed Wood as Glenda in the movie Glen or Glenda. Employed as a Fair Use image. ... Glen or Glenda or I Lived 2 Lives is a movie filmed in 1953, starring its director Ed Wood, Bela Lugosi, and Woods then girlfriend Dolores Fuller. ... Cadillac is a brand of luxury automobile, part of the General Motors corporation, produced and mostly sold in the USA; outside of North America, they have been less successful. ... A reflective hubcap A hubcap or wheel cover is a decorative disk on an automobile wheel that covers at least a central portion of the wheel. ... An unidentified flying object, or UFO, is any real or apparent flying object which cannot be identified by the observer and which remains unidentified after investigation. ... Plan 9 from Outer Space is a 1959 science fiction/horror film written, produced and directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr. ... Suborders †Pohlsepia (incertae sedis) †Proteroctopus (incertae sedis) †Palaeoctopus (incertae sedis) Cirrina Incirrina Synonyms Octopoida Leach, 1817 The octopus (Greek , eight-legs) is a cephalopod of the order Octopoda that inhabits many diverse regions of the ocean, especially coral reefs. ... Originally known as Bride of the Atom, Bride of the Monster is a 1955 science-fiction film starring Bela Lugosi in a traditional mad scientist role, and was produced, directed and co-written by Ed Wood. ... Republic Pictures Corporation (aka Republic Entertainment) is an independent film, television, and video distribution company that was originally a movie production-distribution corporation with studio facilities, best known for its specialization in quality B pictures, westerns and movie serials. ...


One of Wood's heroes was Orson Welles for his cinematic ambition and passion. Wood also prided himself on the fact that he was the only filmmaker other than Welles to be writer, director and actor in his own films, although it is likely that Wood took on all of these functions to save time and money. Unlike his counterpart in Tim Burton's Ed Wood, however, Wood never actually met his hero. George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American theatre, screenwriter and film producer and director, and a theatre, radio and film actor. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke while waiting between takes during location filming An actor or actress is a person who acts, or plays a role, in a dramatic production. ...


His movies have a rushed quality to them, usually because Wood and his crew were working on a tight schedule with small budgets. While most directors film only one scene per day (or just a fraction of one in more contemporary pictures), Wood would complete up to 30. He seldom ordered a single retake, even if the original was obviously flawed.


A number of has-been celebrities were involved in the most iconic films of Wood's career. Béla Lugosi had become a star for his performances in White Zombie and Dracula, but with the postwar decline of horror films he had fallen into obscurity, alcoholism and drug addiction. Lugosi appeared in Wood's most famous pictures, Glen or Glenda, Bride of the Monster and Plan 9. Has Been (2004) is William Shatners second musical album after 1968s The Transformed Man. ... Bela Lugosi as Dracula United States stamp Béla Lugosi was the stage name of actor Béla Ferenc DezsÅ‘ Blaskó (October 20, 1882–August 16, 1956). ... White Zombie is an American horror film, first released on August 4, 1932. ... Dracula is a 1931 horror film produced by Universal Pictures Co. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ...


Bela Lugosi Jr. has been among those who felt Wood exploited Lugosi's stardom, taking advantage of the fading actor when he could not refuse any work.[2] Most documents and interviews with other Wood associates in Nightmare of Ecstasy suggest that Wood and Lugosi were genuine friends and that Wood helped Lugosi through the worst days of his depression and addiction. Other Wood alumni include B-movie regulars Kenne Duncan, Lyle Talbot, Conrad Brooks, Duke Moore and Timothy Farrell, Swedish wrestler Tor Johnson; TV horror host Vampira; the eccentric gay socialite Bunny Breckinridge and the psychic Criswell. He would often cast these actors, regardless of the logic of their place in the film. Vampira's vampire attire in Plan 9 makes no sense in the context of the film. Similarly, Lugosi's horror-scientist character in Glen or Glenda is completely out of place for a quasi-documentary on transvetitism, and Criswell's horror-film-cliché rising from a coffin during a thunderstorm is incongruous to a science fiction film. Clinical depression (also called major depressive disorder, or sometimes unipolar when compared with bipolar disorder) is a state of intense sadness, melancholia or despair that has advanced to the point of being disruptive to an individuals social functioning and/or activities of daily living. ... Addiction is a chronic or recurrent condition proposed to be precipitated by one or more of the following: genetic, biological/pharmacological and social factors. ... Kenne Duncan (born February 17, 1903, died February 5, 1972) was a well-known B-movie character actor. ... Lyle Talbot as Commissioner Gordon in the 1949 Batman and Robin serial. ... Conrad Brooks Conrad Brooks (born Conrad Biedrzycki on January 3, 1931 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a American actor. ... Duke Moore, (born July 15, 1913 as James Moore, died November 16, 1976), is an American actor who has the distinction of spending his entire career working solely in films by Ed Wood, Jr. ... Movie poster for Timothy Farrells Girl Gang. ... Wrestling can be: Sport wrestling Professional wrestling Another term for grappling This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Tor Johnson in Plan 9 from Outer Space This face was turned into a Halloween Mask Tor Johnson (October 19, 1903 – May 12, 1971) was a professional wrestler known as The Super Swedish Angel, and occasional actor. ... Maila Nurmi (born Maila Syrjäniemi, December 21, 1921 in Petsamo, Finland — now Pechenga, Russia) created the well-remembered 1950s character of Vampira. ... Bunny Breckinridge in Plan 9 from Outer Space (illustrated by Drew Friedman). ... The term psychic comes from the Greek psychikos, meaning of the soul, mental, which is in turn derived from the Greek word psyche (soul/mind). ... Jeron Criswell King (August 18, 1907 – October 4, 1982) born Jeron Criswell Konig, and known by his stage-name The Amazing Criswell, was an American psychic who was famous for his wildly inaccurate predictions. ...


Wood would go to radical extremes to fund his movies. Most notably, for Plan 9 from Outer Space, he convinced members of the Southern Baptist church to invest the initial capital. But there were always bilateral catches to these unorthodox funding methods: in this case, the Baptists required a member of their church to have a lead role in the film and demanded that all castmembers (including Vampira, Tor, 'Bunny' and Criswell) be baptised prior to filming. They also changed the name of the movie from Grave Robbers from Outer Space and removed lines from the script which they considered profane. Such editing from producers and financiers was one factor contributing to Wood's depression and was something he personally blamed for his lack of commercial success.[citation needed] The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is a United States-based cooperative ministry agency serving Baptist churches around the world. ... Bilateralism is a term referring to trade or political relations between two states. ... Baptism in early Christian art. ...


Angora, Wood's fondest fetish, was regularly featured in his films (most notably in Glen or Glenda). Kathy O'Hara and others recall that Wood's transvestitism was not a sexual inclination but rather a neomaternal comfort derived mainly from angora fabric. ("Ann Gora" also happened to be one of Wood's pen names). Angora wool or Angora fiber refers to the downy coat produced by the Angora rabbit. ... A fetish (from French fétiche; from Portuguese feitiço; from Latin facticius, artificial and facere, to make) is an object believed to have supernatural powers, or in particular a man-made object that has power over others. ...


Wood pulp: Wood as author

Wood wrote innumerable pulp crime, horror, and sex novels (all paperback, never hardcover) and occasional non-fiction pieces. From the 1950s onward, Wood supplemented his directing and screenwriting income with hastily written pulp fiction. As he became increasingly unable to fund film projects, the novels seem to have become Wood's primary source of income. Non-fiction is an account or representation of a subject which is presented as fact. ... // Recovering from World War II and its aftermath, the economic miracle emerged in West Germany and Italy. ...


Wood's novels frequently include transvestite or drag queen characters, or entire plots centering around transvestitism (including his angora fetish), and tap into his love of crime fiction and the occult. Wood would often recycle plots of his films for novels, write novelisations of his own screenplays, or reuse elements from his novels in scripts. Drag queens Luc DArcy and Jerry Cyr and friend at Montreals 2003 Divers/Cité pride parade. ... A novelization (or novelisation in British English) is a work of fiction that is written based on some other media story form rather than as an original work. ...


His stories typically digress in unforeseen directions halfway through, as if written with no planning or in stream of consciousness. Descriptions of Wood's working methods in Nightmare of Ecstasy indicate he would work on a dozen projects at once, simultaneously watching television, eating, drinking, and carrying on conversations while typing. In his quasi-memoir, Hollywood Rat Race, Wood advises new writers to "just keep on writing. Even if your story gets worse, you'll get better." In literary criticism, stream of consciousness denotes a literary technique which seeks to describe an individuals point of view by giving the written equivalent of the characters thought processes. ...


As Wood's most famous films of the 1950s are not explicitly sexual or violent, the outré content of his novels may shock the unprepared reader. Wood's dark side emerges in such sexual shockers as Raped in the Grass or The Perverts and in short stories such as "Toni: Black Tigress", which exploit hot-button topics like violence, race, juvenile delinquency, and drug culture. Juvenile delinquency refers to criminal acts performed by juveniles. ... Drug subcultures are examples of countercultures, primarily defined by recreational drug use. ...


Some of Wood's books remained unpublished during his lifetime. Hollywood Rat Race, for example, was released in 1998. The non-fiction book is part primer for young actors and filmmakers, and part memoir. In Rat Race, Wood recounts tales of dubious authenticity, such as how he and Lugosi entered the world of nightclub cabaret. Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue — a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting around the tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance. ...


Last days

Wood had serious money troubles in his final years, as he was often at the mercy of exploitative producers and independent directors. He would often produce full movie scripts for as little as $100 in order to make ends meet, and the entirety of his personal belongings could be packed into a single leather suitcase. His career as a director degenerated into making pornographic films such as Necromania(1971) and Take It Out In Trade, a softcore take on the Philip Marlowe films. Pornographic movies Pornography (Porn) (from Greek πόρνη (porne) prostitute and γραφή (grafe) writing), more informally referred to as porn or porno, is the explicit representation of the human body or sexual activity with the goal of sexual arousal. ... The cover of the DVD release of Necromania Necromania (sometimes subtitled A Tale of Weird Love) is a formerly lost porn film by Ed Wood, Jr. ... Ed Bishop had the title role in BBC Radios The Adventures of Philip Marlowe. ...


In addition to sporadic directing and grinding out low-grade film scripts (sometimes in a single night), Wood also made several less-than-dignified appearances as an actor. He appeared in two films produced by a Marine buddy, Joseph F. Robertson. Love Feast (1969), also known as Pretty Models All In A Row, was his first lead role in a film since Glen or Glenda, and would ultimately be his last. In contrast to his dapper, Hollywood-good-looks in Glen or Glenda, Wood opens the film visibly bloated by the 16 years of hard living that had ensued. But his jovial exuberance still shows in his role as a sleazy photographer who hires models with the sole intention of bedding them. By the end of the film, which is basically one continuous orgy interspersed with Wood taking happy hour breaks and answering the door, he appears to have aged even another decade.


Sadder yet would be his next collaboration with Robertson, a smaller role in an ode to swinger parties, Mrs. Stone's Thing. Similar to Love Feast in that it mainly consists of tedious orgy sequences, the film makes ambitious attempts to expound on the dramatic elements of adultery and rape, an effort somewhat offset by farcical segments, such as an obese couple pushing two pool tables together to make love. Wood appeared as a transvestite who spends his time at the party (the majority of the film) trying on lingerie in a bedroom. In Rudolph Grey's Nightmare of Ecstasy, Robertson makes a reference to Wood reappearing in a film called Misty, of which no other record remains. Swinging, sometimes referred to in North America as the swinging lifestyle or simply the lifestyle (although this simplified term is also used by people into Leather and BDSM), includes a wide range of sexual activities conducted between three or more people. ... Adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a partner other than the lawful spouse. ... Obesity is an excess storage of fat and can affect any mammal, such as the mouse on the left. ...


His last known on-screen appearance was in longtime cohort AC Stephen's Fugitive Girls aka Five Loose Women, where he played a dual cameo as Pops, the gas station attendant, and the sheriff, disguised with dark glasses and a mustache. His primary film work in the 1970s was cowriting scripts (and serving as "assistant director") for a string of softcore flicks with AC Stephen aka Steven Apostolof, including The Class Reunion, The Snow Bunnies, The Beach Bunnies and The Cocktail Waitresses. One of these films, Drop-Out Wife, stands out as surprisingly poignant beyond its production values and the calibre of its peers.


Wood's depression worsened, and with it a serious drinking problem. His drink of choice was Imperial Whiskey, but he switched to Popov Vodka after the Ralph's supermarket on Highland went out of business. Evicted from his Hollywood apartment on Yucca Street, Wood and his wife moved into the North Hollywood apartment of friend Peter Coe. Only days after the move, Wood died of a heart attack while watching a football game alone in Coe's bedroom. In Nightmare of Ecstasy, it was reported Wood yelled out "Kathy, I can't breathe!", a plea his wife in the living room ignored for 90 minutes before finally going in to find him dead. (Wood apparently shouted this at his wife quite frequently, often to the point of Kathy yelling back "Shut up, Ed!") Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ...


Wood's wife Kathy died on June 26, 2006, having never remarried. June 26 is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 188 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Tim Burton's Ed Wood (1994)

Main article: Ed Wood (film)

The 1994 film Ed Wood, by director Tim Burton, tells the story of Wood and Lugosi and the making of their three films, (Glen or Glenda, Bride of the Monster and Plan 9 from Outer Space), from a sympathetic point of view. Wood was played by Johnny Depp and Lugosi by Martin Landau, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Burton's successes for Paramount Pictures were at odds with his insistence to shoot the Wood film in black-and-white, and the studio turned it down as a probable box office failure. Eager to embrace Burton, Disney Studios accepted the project, monochrome and all. As Paramount had anticipated, the film received mass critical acclaim but did poorly at the box office. It has since become a cult hit on video and DVD. Ed Wood is a biopic directed by Tim Burton, stars Johnny Depp as the cross-dressing cult movie maker Edward D. Wood Jr. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Ed Wood is a biopic directed by Tim Burton, stars Johnny Depp as the cross-dressing cult movie maker Edward D. Wood Jr. ... Timothy William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer known for his off-beat and quirky style. ... Glen or Glenda or I Lived 2 Lives is a movie filmed in 1953, starring its director Ed Wood, Bela Lugosi, and Woods then girlfriend Dolores Fuller. ... Originally known as Bride of the Atom, Bride of the Monster is a 1955 science-fiction film starring Bela Lugosi in a traditional mad scientist role, and was produced, directed and co-written by Ed Wood. ... Plan 9 from Outer Space is a 1959 science fiction/horror film written, produced and directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr. ... Johnny Depp (born John Christopher Depp II[2] on June 9, 1963) is an Academy Award-nominated and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning American actor. ... Martin Landau in North by Northwest. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ... The Walt Disney Studios refers to several different entities and locations associated with The Walt Disney Company: The Walt Disney Studios is one of the media empires four main operating units. ...


Cult status

Among connoisseurs of kitsch and bad cinema, Ed Wood is revered as the ultimate "bad" director of all time. His cult status began two years after his death with his recognition in the book The Golden Turkey Awards, and has continued with the rediscovery of many of his long-lost works. In an essay on Wood in Incredibly Strange Films, Jim Morton writes: "Eccentric and individualistic, Edward D Wood Jr was a man born to film. Lesser men, if forced to make movies under the conditions Wood faced, would have thrown up their hands in defeat." Kitsch is a German term that has been used to categorize art that is considered an inferior copy of an existing style. ... The Golden Turkey Awards is a book by film critic Michael Medved and his brother Harry Medved. ... RE/Search No. ...


The University of Southern California holds an annual "Ed Wood Film Festival", in which students of all disciplines are challenged to form teams to write, film and edit an Ed Wood-inspired short film based on a preassigned theme. Past themes have included "Slippery When Wet" (2006), "What's That In Your Pocket?" (2005), and "Rebel Without A Bra" (2004). 2007 saw a break in this tradition when the theme "My eyes are killing me" was accompanied by a theme object: a mirror. The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, SC, Southern California, and incorrectly as Southern Cal[1]), located in the University Park neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, USA, was founded in 1880, making it Californias oldest private research university. ...


Some of Wood's most famous films, including Glen or Glenda? and Plan 9 From Outer Space have been remade as pornographic movies (as Glen & Glenda and Plan 69 From Outer Space, respectively). They were not simply spoofed or referenced, but reshot, with the same or similar script, and sex scenes worked into the original plots. Pornographic movies Pornography (Porn) (from Greek πόρνη (porne) prostitute and γραφή (grafe) writing), more informally referred to as porn or porno, is the explicit representation of the human body or sexual activity with the goal of sexual arousal. ...


In 1998, Wood's unfilmed script I Woke Up Early the Day I Died was produced, starring Billy Zane and Christina Ricci, and has preserved the inept, goofy character that made Wood's films famous. The film did not receive a theatrical release in the United States, and was only available on video in the nation of Germany due to contractual difficulties. William George Zane, Jr. ... Christina Ricci (born February 12, 1980) is a Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-nominated American actress. ...


Three of his films (Bride of the Monster, The Violent Years and The Sinister Urge) have been lampooned on the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, which has given those works wider exposure. Producers considered including Plan 9, but found it had too much dialogue for the show's format. Series head writer and host Michael J. Nelson would go on to do an audio commentary for a 2005/2006 DVD release of the film, which was newly colorized. Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. ... Mystery Science Theater 3000s Mike Nelson (left) and Kevin Wagner Murphy, at Exoticon 1 convention panel in Metairie, Louisiana, November, 1998. ...


Reverend Steve Galindo of Sacramento, California created a legally recognized religion in 1996 with Wood as its official savior. The Church of Ed Wood [1] now boasts over 3,500 legally baptized followers.


See also

The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ... Plan 9 from Outer Space is a 1959 science fiction/horror film written, produced and directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr. ... Ed Wood is a biopic directed by Tim Burton, stars Johnny Depp as the cross-dressing cult movie maker Edward D. Wood Jr. ... Devil Girls (2000)) Independent production that adapts Eds book of the same name. ... Black Lace Drag (1963). ...

References

  1. ^ Medved, Michael, and Harry Medved. The Golden Turkey Awards. 1980, Putnam. ISBN 0-399-50463-X.
  2. ^ The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood, Jr., dir. Brett Thompson, 1996
  • Gray, Rudolph. Nightmare of Ecstasy

External links

  • Edward D. Wood Jr. at the Internet Movie Database
  • The Hunt for Edward D. Wood, Jr. Exhaustive guide to Ed's films and their commercial releases.
  • The Church of Ed Wood A legal religion based on the life and films of Edward D. Wood Jr.
  • Ed Wood: America's Most Prolific Novelist?
  • Ed Wood, Jr.'s magazine work (Caution: Adult images)

 
 

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