March Madness & Movie Mayhem, Day 27 (or, How Ed Wood Isn’t the World’s Worst Director)

 

via Ed Wood: Not Actually The Worst Director in History | Den of Geek

How did Ed Wood get the title of “World’s Worst Director?”  (Then again, we’d also have to ask how William “One Shot” Beaudine was at least the runner-up, even though he was once a highly regarded director.) Of course, we can put most of the blame on the doorstep of the Medveds, who deemed Ed “the worst” with their Golden Turkey tome. I can only imagine that they hadn’t seen very many movies from the period they were in, because NONE of the Dolomite movies made the cut, but Trouble Man did?! Why not just throw Super Fly and Shaft in there too, since we’re complaining about blaxploitation films with kick-ass soundtracks…

Anyhoo, where was I going with this? Oh, that Ed Wood wasn’t the world’s worst director–far from it. I can name at least THREE worse directors off the top of my head: Bill Rebane/Herschell Gordon Lewis (Monster-A-Go-Go/Terror at Half Day); Larry Buchanan (Zontar: The Thing From Venus); Coleman Francis (all three of his films); Doris Wishman (Double Agent 73, Let Me Die a Woman); Ted V. Mikels (The Girl in Gold Boots, The Doll Squad)…the list is literally endless!

I think the problem lies with Ed Wood’s films being better than “so bad they’re good.” There’s something about Wood’s films, even the cringetastic Orgy of the Dead and The Revenge of Dr. X that makes them watchable. You’re not yelling at the screen at the stupidity of the writing. (The CLUNKINESS, maybe, but not the stupidity!)

Anyhoo, take a look around the site and enjoy the Den of Geek!

 

 

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March Madness & Movie Mayhem, Day 26! Mr. No Legs – 1979 – Review

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via Mr. No Legs – 1979 – Review

If you have lots of free time on your hands, take a look at the wonderful time-wasting site The Worst Movies Ever Made. Now, “worst” is in the eye of the beholder, but holy gee whiz…this one’s bad. Not even the ever-present John Agar or Richard Jaeckel can help this turkey. And when you finally get to see the title character, look out!

 

 

Film Noir Blonde — Black & White and Chic All Over

Black & White and Chic All Over

Source: Film Noir Blonde — Black & White and Chic All Over

From now until 1 April (or whenever I decide to start it!) I’m blogging about blogs that analyze film. Whether it’s “good” film (you’ll find no Al Adamson here!), or so-good-it’s-bad (THAT’S where you’ll find Mr. Adamson!), I’m picking blogs that I’ve read (like Jabootu), or completely new ones (like this!)

Turns out that it’s not as easy as it seems to crank out a “Bad Movie” blog!

Dead 2 Rights: Ed Wood Wednesdays, week 61.5: ‘[MISTED] Orgy of the Dead’ (1998)

Source: Dead 2 Rights: Ed Wood Wednesdays, week 61.5: ‘[MISTED] Orgy of the Dead’ (1998)

I found this along my journey of reading All Things Wood, and thought it very interesting (and also very good!) It’s a nice diversion from that “other stuff” (Trump, DNC, Trump, Hillary, Trump, Trump, and did I say Trump? ‘Cause you can never get enough Trump.) It’s from a very talented writer by the name of Joe Blevins, a self-described “darkener of doorsteps.”

Enjoy! (And yes, you CAN link Ed Wood to the Three Stooges without using all 6 degrees!)