Monday, December 10, 2018

Happy Death Day to Ed Wood!


Ed Wood, famed and infamous director of a slew of films, lived a complex life. He wasn't just a director, he was a movie fan. Ed Wood was also a war hero, a transvestite, and had is own set of demons that he struggled with. He also had a vivid imagination; his films have a childlike quality to them. 

Wood's movies really mean a great deal to me. I've seen all of them I believe, and I love them all just about equally. I think "Bride of the Monster" might be my favorite, but I could put on any Ed Wood film and I could just sit there and enjoy them. 

Reverend Steve and The Church of Ed Wood founded the holy day of Woodwane. To commemorate the death of Ed Wood and so we can reflect on his work and life. So, have a happy and meditative Woodwane everyone!

October 10th 1924 - December 10th 1978



The above image is Ed Wood himself dressed as Jesus of Nazareth. He took this picture when he and his girlfriend made homemade Christmas cards to send out. I did my best to enlarge and clean the image. 


As part of my personal celebration of Woodwane, I've uploaded "Plan 9 from Outer Space" to my YouTube page for all to enjoy.


If you're looking for something a little more obscure than "Plan 9 from Outer Space", I would recommend the film "Venus Flytrap" which was based off a screenplay Ed Wood wrote in the 1950's. Mister Lobo hosted this movie on his late night program Cinema Insomnia. Mister Lobo happens to be a Living Saint of the Church of Ed Wood.


Mister Lobo also hosted "Plan 9 from Outer Space" as part of a double feature alongside "Hardware Wars".


And speaking on Mister Lobo, he actually played the role of The Amazing Criswell in "Plan 9", which is the 2015 remake of "Plan 9 from Outer Space". 


Regardless of how you celebrate Woodwane, I hope you have a great one. Let the spirit and enthusiasm of Ed Wood guide you. 

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