Ed Wood (1994)


563708ed_woodED WOOD (1994) Director Tim Burton’s outrageous labor-of-love tribute to one of the world’s worst horror movie makers, the great Edward D. Wood, Jr. Johnny Depp stars as the hopelessly optimistic, cross-dressing, Orson Welles wanna-be with more desire than talent, who will do anything – anything – to get his movies made; including breaking into a prop department to steal a giant mechanical octopus and recycling footage of a dead Bela Lugosi (and hiring a not-much-of-a-look-alike) to finish his most famous bomb, Plan 9 From Outer Space (HERE). Speaking of Lugosi, Ed Wood‘s highlights come in the array of characters (and character actors) that surround Wood, including Oscar winner Martin Landau as the aged, fowl-mouthed, dope-shooting star of Dracula, a flaming Bill Murray and Jeffrey Jones as showbiz psychic hack, Criswell (get his essential LP, HERE). It is the relationship between Wood and Lugosi, however fictionalized, that is at this movie’s heart, though… and the portrayal is quite touching. Fans of the genre will eat this flick up, while newcomers to Wood’s world may have a hard time believing that (some of) this actually took place. To quote Depp as Wood; “It’s perfect!” There are a hundred great lines in Ed Wood, but two of Lugosi’s many obscenity-laced outbursts are standouts… Dialog Alert #1: “Alright… let’s shoot this fucker!” Dialog Alert #2: “Karloff?… Sidekick?… FUCK YOU! Karloff does not deserve to smell my shit! That limey cocksucker can rot in hell for all I care!” TRIVIA: Delores Fuller, played by Sarah Jessica Parker (“Do I really have a face like a horse?”), would eventually move beyond being Ed Wood’s girlfriend/co-star to co-write nearly a dozen songs for Elvis Presley’s movies. Find Ed Wood at Amazon, HERE. New Movies, Fridays ‘Round Midnight.

7 Comments

  • 1
    A. Ducko
    May 25, 2013 - 01:22 | Permalink

    If there’s a full moon, then there’s a little Ed Wood in all of us. Cheers, Willard!

  • 2
    wylie prybar
    May 25, 2013 - 09:15 | Permalink

    Another superb selection. Great soundtrack, too.
    Another dialog alert: “Let’s hear you call Boris Karloff a cocksucker.”

    • 3
      Willard
      May 25, 2013 - 09:18 | Permalink

      Oh yeah… said at Bela’s funeral to the guy they hired to imitate him. And that Howard Shore soundtrack IS fantastic.

  • 4
    May 26, 2013 - 07:19 | Permalink

    Two favorite parts of this movie:

    1. “Paul Marco currently lives in California. He is President and Founder of the Paul Marco Fan Club.”
    2. “Hogwash!”

    • 5
      Willard
      May 28, 2013 - 15:37 | Permalink

      I think the real Marco may be in the flick somewhere. I’ve already forgotten.

  • 6
    Darren
    May 26, 2013 - 14:48 | Permalink

    Never took the time to watch this one before, Willard… I have an aversion (some would say an unreasoning aversion) to all things Johnny Depp. However, I must admit (Depp aside), it was certainly fun to watch – rather than an actual turd of a movie – a flick about the guy that made more turds than just about any other person in the history of turds. I was amazed at how much Landau (the father, not the daughter) actually looked and sounded like Bela Lugosi. That was truly an inspired bit of casting. And, yes, SJP, you do indeed have a face like a horse! Thanks, Willard, for turning me on to a movie that I’ve avoided over the years just because of its star!

    • 7
      Willard
      May 28, 2013 - 12:20 | Permalink

      Cool. I happen to be a Depp fan. I like his choices… like this one. But, it grows more on you the more you watch it. Burton caught a lot of crap over the Lugosi portrayal, as his family denied he was fowl-mouthed. And that “face like a horse” line made me laugh out loud in the theater because of its accuracy. Give her credit for agreeing to say it.

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