Just in time for the long holiday weekend, let’s have a look at the movies that may populate your Memorial Day Movie Marathon! And no, Ed Wood is NOT the world’s worst director, unless you’ve conveniently forgotten Al Adamson, Ulli Lommel, Coleman Francis, Neil Breen, and Larry Buchanan.
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!
But it’s also the 3rd annual B-Movie Scare-A-Thon! I started it when I was in my first go-round of being between engagements, and seeing as I’m currently between engagements, why not keep it going? (I’ve been unemployed for THREE Halloweens in a row…is someone trying to tell me something?)
Because I always love making up signs, etc., I made up a little something via Canva to celebrate the season:
This year’s lineup includes The Three Stooges (of course!), MST3K’s The Creeping Terror, The Beast of Yucca Flats, Track of the Moon Beast, and The Horrors of Spider Island. Then I decided to go un-MST3K to Larry Buchanan’s It’s Alive! (which almost put me to sleep!)
I need to figure out what the last two movies should be–I think I’ll go Rifftrax or Cinematic Titanic with these. Let’s see, I could pick The House on Haunted Hill, Kiss of the Tarantula, Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks, (slightly angry sigh) ONIONS…well, there are lots of movies to choose from…