Ed Wood, Mad Genius: A Critical Study of the Films

Ed Wood, Mad Genius: A Critical Study of the Films

by Rob Craig
     
 

Filmmaker Ed Wood was controversial and critically maligned, even labeled "the worst director of all time," yet he achieved cult status and remains of great interest today. This book frames Wood's work, such as the cross-dressing themed Glen or Glenda? and the haphazard Bride of the Monster, as reflections of the culture of their era. Wood invariably worked with

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Overview

Filmmaker Ed Wood was controversial and critically maligned, even labeled "the worst director of all time," yet he achieved cult status and remains of great interest today. This book frames Wood's work, such as the cross-dressing themed Glen or Glenda? and the haphazard Bride of the Monster, as reflections of the culture of their era. Wood invariably worked with infinitesimal budgets, shooting at breakneck speed, incorporating plot twists that defied all logic. Yet there was a tangible if unfocused thematic thrust to Wood's films, which meditate fitfully on gender, religion and society, revealing a "holy trinity" of fixations—sex, death and resurrection. Wood's infamous Plan 9 From Outer Space encapsulates the fixations and flaws that were his hallmarks, and with 22 other films, is explored here. A filmography and 47 photographs are included.

Editorial Reviews

VideoScope
serious study...long overdue
Standard-Examiner
"fascinating reading"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786439553
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Pages:
314
Sales rank:
1,173,733
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Rob Craig has been writing about cult film for more than twenty years. His work has been published in such magazines as Videoscope, Screem and Horror-Wood. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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