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Orgy of the Dead - Film Review

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by Nessa123 (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Perth, Western Australia.
Published August 28th 2018
A dance movie with a difference
Orgy of the Dead is a schlock-erotic "nudie cuties" horror film, which was directed by the late Stephen C. Apostolof (1972's The Class Reunion and 1977's Hot Ice). It was written by the late Edward D. Wood Jr. (Bride Of The Monster and 1959's Plan 9 From Outer Space) and debuted in 1965. It's certainly something that you could not get away with making in this day and age!

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A film with a difference!


The film stars none other than the late, great Criswell (The Jack Paar Program and Plan 9 From Outer Space), as The Emperor, who, along with his Princess of the Night, The Black Ghoul, played by the ever-stunning Fawn Silver (Terror In The Jungle and Unkissable Bride) and their neverending empire of the living dead, come back to walk the Earth on each night or a full moon, so that The Emperor may judge the newcomers to his underworld, to see if they are worthy of staying in his realm.

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You're in trouble now!


Meanwhile, on the same night Bob, played by William Bates (Legend Of Horror), a novice horror writer trying to make it big and his girlfriend Shirley, played by the late Pat Barrington (The Acid Eaters and 1966's Agony Of Love) are on their way to their local cemetery, so that Bob can get inspiration for his next book. But it all goes wrong when their car crashes and they are soon apprehended by The Mummy, played by Louis Ojena (Mean Johnny Barrows and The Love Butcher) and, you guessed it! The Wolf Man, played by the late John Andrews (1969's Body Fever and Sinthia: The Devil's Doll), who promptly tie them up and force them to watch the nights festivities.

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Special guests: The Mummy & The Wolf Man


The film is basically centred around a series of various dance routines, strung together loosely, by a weakened, yet so bad, it's hilarious plot, which includes a lot of terrible lines, laughable acting and many, many bare breasts.

As I mentioned earlier, this is a film which could not be made today, as it contains some very politically incorrect scenes... Particularly during the first dance number, where a Native American girl, played by Bunny Glaser (The Bachelor's Dream and Motel Confidential), appears to be a Caucasian lady, who was painted all over with a dark bronzer, to perform a "dance of flames", followed by a streetwalker, played by Coleen O'Brien (Mondo Freudo) who comes out to do her little number, while Bob hilariously tells his girlfriend "Nothing alive looks like that!" even though she is a normal looking beautiful young woman.

The third dancer in this incredible lineup is the Egyptian "Gold Girl", also played by Pat Barrington, who looks so different in this role that if the credits didn't tell you it was her, you might not even realise it was the same person! Pat's routine is one of the most memorable scenes from the film, as her obsession leads her to be thrown into a cauldron and turned into a gold statue. Afterwards, she is carried away by two strong men while showing off her incredible work out goal worthy abdominal strength!

The fourth dancer is played by Lorali Hart (The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult), who does a sexy cat dance in one of the most unflattering cat costumes I have ever seen, but she still manages to put on a fantastic feline-inspired performance, while a man whips the ground around her, like a lion tamer!

Then a beautiful "slave girl" played by Nadejda Dobrev (Five Days From Home and Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid) is seen on the stage, chained to a wall and being whipped as her torture, before breaking free of her chains and dancing around in a gypsy-like trance. The sixth dancer, played by Stephanie Jones (Uncle Tomcat's House Of Kittens), puts on a spectacular performance inspired by bullfighting and matadors, in a Spanish and Mexican fusion style, involving the skull of her deceased lover, who she still holds a great passion for.

The seventh dancer in this series of macabre, played by the absolutely gorgeous Mickey Jines (The Secret Sex Lives Of Romeo & Juliet and 1969's Precious Jewels) takes to the stage in Polynesian garments with a dance which has a slight hula feel to it and a theme of snake worship. While the eighth dancer, played by Barbara Nordin (The Girls Of F Street and 1967's The Bachelor's Dream) is a sinner through and through, who dances in her wedding dress with the skeleton of the husband she murdered, in a Go-Go-esque style.

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The not-so-happy couple


Then the ninth dancer, played by Dene Starnes (1969's Down and Dirty) appears in a plume of smoke, as an old-school zombie, walking onto the stage, with her arms out straight in front of her, with a very creepy trance-like look on her face. She gives an absolutely bizarre performance, which is exceedingly awkward in the best way possible!

The final dancer, played by Rene De Beau (Mondo Keyhole), came to join the underworld when she died for her love of wearing feathers, fur, and fluff, so now she dances upon this stage in a 60's chic style, with shimmies galore.

All the dancers are clear professionals, who manage to stay in character throughout their performances and have wonderful costumes, which come off very early in their routines and although some might see that as a great thing. I found it a little disappointing as they are such beautiful garments and I would have liked to see them get more screen time!

This is one bizarre film, which will transport you back to the greatest parts of the weird side of the swinging sixties and does not disappoint.



6/10

Orgy of the Dead is rated R and is not suitable
for those under the age of 18 as it contains partial nudity, adult themes, horror and supernatural themes.

For more sexy cinema check out:
Who Slept With Her?
Curse Of The Pink Panties
Underwater Love: A Pink Musical (A.K.A. Onna No Kappa)
The Blue Lagoon (1980)
Return To The Blue Lagoon
Dizzy Dishes
Sex Madness
Ice Scream: The ReMix
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