Glen or Glenda

A student mentioned Ed Wood as being the worst director of all times. A short bit of research turned up the wonderfully horrible B movies that he made, such as Glen and Glenda. The usual suspects brought some friends and after a nice dinner we put the DVD on that WiseMan had happily ordered for us.

The "acting" is just so atrocious, they have managed to learn their lines, and are saying them. It is a pretend-documentary, with so many absolutely crazy lines such as hats causing baldness. The dialogues are so trite, so repetitive at times, it causes much mirth. The devil at his wedding in a dream is so amusing, the way he assists the priest. And Béla Lugosi (better known as Count Dracula) as the Scientist trying to be scary is just hilarious.

And the "special effects" are rather like something the kids did when they were nine. Now you see him, now you don't (duh, stop the camera, everyone freeze, the disappearer goes away, the camera starts again: magic!). The scene in which Glen/da's girlfriend gives him her angora sweater is just plain thigh-slapping.

We had a marvelous time. "Beware, take care, of the big green dragon that sits on your doorstep." Whatever that means.

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