director Ed D. Wood, Jr.
Gloriously recreated “making of” scenes of Bride of the Monster featured in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood (1994) demonstrate the heartfelt affection that Burton and team had for Wood and this picture in particular. Ed D. Wood, Jr. has gone down as the “worst director of all time” and fair enough. At least his bad movies are incredibly fun and utterly enjoyable.
Bride of the Monster really might be his real masterpiece. It’s a sight better than Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), though it features some classic silliness, almost non sequitur dialog, cardboard performances, and a weirdly intercut octopus, it does feature Bela Lugosi in his final speaking role, delivering a badly-written but impassioned performance that somehow sums up this whole strange affair. The film is bad but it was made badly with love.
What’s the movie about? There’s a mad doctor (Lugosi) with a monster in a swamp (the octopus) plus the ever-present Tor Johnson and the brutal henchman. And something about a race of atomic supermen.
Oh, the 1950’s, they really did offer some great stuff.
I have to file this one under my growing list of movies that are indeed bad but that I’ve found myself enjoying more than hating, like Robot Monster (1953) and The Horror of Party Beach (1964). And another truly great movie poster.