Night of the Ghouls (1959) 1 brainhalf brain

Alternate Titles:

Revenge of the Dead

Night of the Ghouls barely qualifies as a zombie film, but it was directed by Ed Wood, so I'll let it slide by just so I get to review it. Ed Wood, who gave the world Plan 9 from Outer Space, churned out another schlocky horror film a year later with some of the same actors, including Paul Marco as the unintentionally hilarious Patrolman Kelton and Tor Johnson as yet another Large Man Turned to the Purpose of Evil.

The story centers on the police investigation of a supposedly haunted house. They're tipped off by an old couple that gets lost and runs across it, where they are frightened by what they think is a ghost, but is actually just a woman with spooky eyes who wiggles her fingers in a weird way (you'll have to watch it to see what I mean). When an inspector goes to check it out, he finds a man living in the house, Dr. Acula, who claims to communicate with the dead.

Without giving too much away, let me say that there are zombies in the film, in the sense that there are dead people walking around who otherwise don't have any supernatural powers, but they only appear very briefly. There is no brain munching or bodies clawing their way from the grave, but it is, after all, an Ed Wood film. The acting is terrible, the sets cheap, the plot line muddled, and the effects hilarious. There is actually a scene where someone with a sheet over their head portrays a ghost (and, although it's hard to tell underneath the sheet, this person also appears to be moving his or her fingers in a weird way). I laughed quite a bit through the movie, so I did in fact enjoy it, but I can't honestly give it a good rating. You should only watch this movie if you have an appetite for cheese.