Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Lilith Likes to Watch - Halloween Trick & Treat Special! Part 4


Title: Necromania: A Tale of Weird Love
Year: 1971
Starring: Maria Arnold, Rene Bond, Ric Lutze
Director: Ed Wood
Synopsis: A couple having marital problems (the husband can't seem to rise to the occasion) visits Madame Heles, a necromancer, in hopes of ameliorating their boudoir blunders. - Via IMDB
Why it is Notable: It was directed by Ed Wood. Yes, that Ed Wood.

When I saw that this was directed by Ed Wood Jr. I thought that was a pseudonym. Like the porn actress Tyra Banxxx, or the oh-so-clever named porn parodies like Game of Bones. Sort of "You know that director Ed Wood? Well, I'm gonna be Ed Wood JUNIOR!". I had no idea that was his real full name.

I don't have any love for Ed Wood, I don't think I've ever sat through Plan 9 From Outer Space. I don't find bad movies fun or funny unless I'm with a group of friends and armed with alcohol. I've never seen any of his other films and so I'm not familiar with the trappings of an Ed Wood movie.

Given that, I can take Necromania on it's own.

It's boring and everyone's an asshole. Good night everybody!

No, no, I kid. A little.

It is boring, it's filled with that same faux-lesbian bull-crap that annoys me so much. Obviously if certain acts make the actors uncomfortable, they shouldn't be forced to perform them but if you want to get around it, go for creative obfuscation and mystery. Maybe a heavy make-out session while hands are off-screen or something. You know, movie magic!

There were two small fun scenes. One was a magic ritual in which a woman makes a human skull kiss her nipples. I was disappointed she didn't grind herself against the skull.

The second was coffin sex. The coffin sex was way, way too short and felt like it was meant to include a minsky pickup song cue.

The thing is, other than the atrocious acting, Necromania isn't inept or anything. Probably because it was one of Wood's last films so he knew what he was doing by then. The lack of ineptitude probably heightened the dullness of the film. It barely tantalizes and doesn't go near crazy enough with it's premise. Despite the title, there's nothing weird about this.

Maybe if you're a big Ed Wood fan or really love old porn or camp you might get something out of it, but otherwise it's a Halloween Trick.

LILITH'S SCORE: 1/5 - Skip It


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