Thursday, May 27, 2010

Lost and Found: Necromania

The Story
In 1971, Ed Wood was in the very low-point of his career.  As I've discussed before, his lack of success in mainstream films drove him to work on porn films.  Yes, he even appeared in a couple.  If you recall my review of One Million AC/DC, they were not exactly pleasant.  This film involves a couple going to a lady necromancer to find a cure for the man's E.D.  Yeah, the less said the better.  I should note that Criswell appears in it somewhere and Vampira was going to be in it, but declined.  Some Wood alumni do have common sense!  In the ensuing years, the few prints of the film disappeared.
Was it Discovered?
Yes, but it's not that simple.  In the mid-80s, a very edited print was found by Something Weird Video.  That's not the end of it though.  Another less-edited copy was found at a garage sale in 1992.  How does that happen exactly?  Did little Stevie's mom finally make him throw out his 35mm print of a porn film?  Anyhow, the most complete cut was found in 2001, allowing a company called Fleshbot Films to release it on DVD in 2005. 
It's a piece of history.  That's pretty much it.  Mind you, Wood's filmography has a major cult following- even his utter shit- so talk of this film is always notable.  As a piece of film history though, it's just freaky.
Next up, a long-lost French film shows up in the craziest of places.  Stay tuned...

1 comment:

  1. I'm going to hate myself in the morning, but this one sounds just stupid enough that I have to track down a copy and watch it.