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Final Curtain (1957)

Not Rated | | Short, Horror
After a horror play's final performance, The Vampire roams the theater.


Edward D. Wood Jr.


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Cast overview:
Duke Moore Duke Moore ... The Actor
Dudley Manlove Dudley Manlove ... Narrator
Jeannie Stevens Jeannie Stevens ... The Vampire (as Jenny Stevens)


After the final performance of its run, the Actor who played the vampire in the play, still dressed in his tuxedo, slowly walks around the theatre that has gone "dark," long after everyone has left. It is night, which permits a new world to appear, that of the spirit and the unseen. The unseen things that come from their hiding places, to frolic in the massive expanse of the auditorium when it is dark and they are alone. He knows that some unseen object is beckoning him. The Actor then enters the costume, scenery and make-up rooms, searching for this object. Ten rooms, each with a different setting of costumes, wigs and scenery. As he opens one door, the Actor sees a motionless female mannequin, who had been used as a vampire in the play. He examines it closely, runs his hand over the mannequin's cheek, and then he walks away. Only then does the mannequin come to life, and smile at him -- her hand moves, beckoning him to return. Scared, he leaves the room and slams the door. Will he ... Written by Vodka Gimlet, Jr.

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And yet another example that Ed Wood recycled his writings. In this film "Final Curtain" (1957), starting at 6 minutes, 3 seconds, the Narrator says: "I had heard that after the witching hour had struck, these unseen spirits would return to die and re-die, live and re-live their experiences that they had witnessed during the time of their mortal existence." And in his book "Orgy of the Dead" (1966, Greenleaf Classics), Ed wrote (page 17): "It has been said that after the witching hour has struck, these unseen spirits would return to die and re-die, live and re-live the experiences which they had gained during the time of their mortal existence." See more »


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Narrator: I cannot tell where space ends, and the auditorium walls begin. But, do I really want to know? Something deep from within my very being draws me from this stage... I must see the floors above, to enter into the costume rooms, the scenery rooms, the make-up rooms, all those rooms where one may change his appearance to any character nameable.
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Narrator: And unnameable.
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Pretty good Wood
26 August 2016 | by HEFILMSee all my reviews

Go in understanding this is basically a story or radio play read while an actor reacts and searches through an empty theater. The fact that it was shot at a real, at the time, abandoned theater helps greatly as does Woods good choices of stock music to support the voice over and visuals.

For all that it is kind of creepy and moody--the crazed voice over somehow works with the purposefully twisty words. Wood keeps the visual pace pretty fast as well as far as the editing goes. The acting and voice over are pretty stagey but given the stage setting Wood gets away with this too---it has a legitimate camp value in the true meaning of the word.

Nice final shot too--by the way.

Some of what people love/hate Wood for is really the fact that he almost never had enough money to pull off a film that was slick enough to not have distracting--or at times-hilarious--low budget defects.

With this movie the fact that it's so limited in scope prevents total low budget lapses--for the most part.

If you like CARNIVAL OF SOULS and or DAUGHTER OF HORROR this has some of the effectiveness and mood of those--though this is a short not a feature.

If you like Wood--because you like him or like him because you think he sucks, let's face it you won't want to miss this and should not miss it.

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