Plot: Bob (William Bates) is a writer who has dabbled in every genre, but could only find success with his horror stories. In an effort to spark some inspiration, he is headed to an eerie graveyard with his girlfriend Shirley (Pat Barrington) in tow. She is spooked about going to a cemetery, especially at night, so after a while, Bob agrees to turn around, but before he can, he loses control and the car crashes. The couple wakes up just outside the graveyard and can hear music, so they venture inside to see what is going on. Inside, the leader of a dark cult (Criswell) is in the midst of evil rituals, all of which involve young women dancing topless. At his side is a princess of darkness (Fawn Silver) and together, they take immense pleasure when they notice the young couple, sending out a wolfman and mummy to capture them. Now Bob and Shirley are bound to gravestones, forced to watch the unholy writhing of these nubile beauties. But will they ever leave alive or does the dark master have special plans for them?

Entertainment Value: This one was written by Ed Wood, directed by A.C. Stephen, and stars Criswell, which should be enough information for cult cinema fans to know this is a must have movie. A thin narrative is present, but the real focus is on a series of topless dance routines, performed by various women in assorted themed outfits. As each girl begins, Criswell gives us a quick profile of the dancer and her past, then its all about the jiggle and bounce. Of course, not everyone appreciates a parade of topless dances, but there’s much more to Orgy of the Dead. The limited non-dance scenes are loaded with outlandish entertainment, from Criswell’s hilarious, wooden performance to the odd presence of a couple movie monsters, who just stand around and tell some cringe level jokes at times. So a lot of camp value, but the movie also has some fun visuals, as the graveyard set is bathed in smoke and the costumes are memorable. I mean, who can forget a woman in an assless cat costume who humps a gravestone, right? This is just a fun, camp filled romp, anyone who appreciates Ed Wood, nudie cuties, or offbeat cinema in general should have this in their collection.

The bulk of the movie involves topless girls dancing, so yeah, there’s some nakedness to be had. The routines are fun to watch, with a kind of innocence, just some shaking here and shimmying there, not down and dirty strip sessions. The girls keep their thongs and g-strings on, which means some bare ass is visible, but no full frontal. That fits in with the kind of cute, innocent nature of most of the dances and since numerous girls show off their breasts, I doubt anyone will mind. I appreciate the sweet, cute nudity, its a nice change of pace from the normal sleaze I indulge in. No blood and this one has no violence, so it isn’t missed. A little fetish style whipping happens, but it isn’t graphic or overly intense. The dialogue is silly and performed in wooden, always fun fashion, with Criswell’s otherwordly turn as the highlight. Barrington is also a lot of fun as the bitch girlfriend, who nags like a champ. I think the camp value kicks up the craziness, not to mention Criswell’s lifeless performance, the awful wolfman and mummy guys, and some of the dances are on the strange side as well. I’d call it more wacky than insane, but it earns a few points, regardless.

Nudity: 5/10

Blood: 0/10

Dialogue: 5/10

Overall Insanity: 4/10

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