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Average: 19.44%
Pretty Bad: 19.44%
Total Crap38.89%

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Glen or Glenda
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by rotten f. milk

"one word, two syllables... class-ic. CLASSIC!"
3 stars

So I sat myself down and popped in the tape of Ed Woods "Glen or Glenda". I say to myself, "okay, Ed Wood... don't expect an Easy Rider or a Taxi Driver..."

I didn't. In fact, halfway through the movie I found myself saying, "what the fuck?!?"

In every technical aspect, it's just bad. However, only Ed Wood could pull off being so bad that it's good -- good in a funny, screwed up way.

In my opinion, the saving grace of this movie is Satan. Yes, Satan appears in this movie as some sort of convoluted dream sequence. By having him appear it converts what was ever bad about this movie into some camp humour.

Of course, this was noticeable from the beginning. For instance, we have Bela Lugosi playing some sort of omniscient God like role, we'll call him storyteller number one. He tells us of an instance where a person had died. This person was a transvestite. The police officer who heads the investigation goes to a doctor to find information of transvestites. In turn, the doctor tells a story, we'll call <i>him</i> storyteller number two. The story, about a guy named Glen is a transvestite. It speaks of his trials and tribulations. At one point (the aforementioned dream sequence), Glen dreams of several sexual situations (none which have him in it). It goes on to show his resolution, a education film on transvestites, etc.

Essentially 'Glen or Glenda' is a story about a story about a story about a transvestite named Glen who is Glenda in private. It's very confusing, very badly filmed, but overall a good movie to watch and guffaw at.

Apparently, this film was supposed to be an 'exploitation' film. It was written to exploit a similar case, and apparently the producers brought in Ed Wood assuming he could do the film justice. It's a good thing justice is blind.

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User Comments

2/06/11 mr.mike Ed Wood is dead. Long live Ed Wood. And Bela. 4 stars
10/17/06 Isaac Baranoff Not as funny as Plan 9;'s Ed Wood, for better or for worse. 1 stars
4/05/06 okierazorbacker Hilariously inept but boring in places despite a surprisingly hot sequence about halfway. 4 stars
8/06/05 Zack So bad it's good 2 stars
2/16/05 Wilt Chamberlin Ed Wood 5 stars
8/16/04 Taste T Zany, bizzare and damn bad. Good work, Ed. 4 stars
6/05/04 MyGreenBed Easily Wood's "worst" (which means "best") film. This one is a true blue "must see". Wow. 3 stars
10/25/03 tuna Excellent crap! 5 stars
7/10/03 Ro Bloody funny...and oddly poignant when you consider Wood was a tranny himself. 5 stars
7/01/03 Charles Tatum Forget the strings, pull the power cord on your VCR 1 stars
7/01/03 Jack Bourbon Terrifying film! I haven't screamed this much since Yentl!!! 1 stars
6/30/03 Matt Thiel This film makes Plan 9 look like Citizen Kane 1 stars
4/14/03 Jack Sommersby It's not even enjoyable on a trashy level. Ungodly bad. 1 stars
11/09/02 Stevo Shit. And not 'so shit it's funny', just 'so shit it's actually quite depressing'. 1 stars
8/27/02 E.D. Wood PULL ZE STRING! PULL ZE STRING! 5 stars
7/17/02 Klute This was so sincerely bad, It was hard to not stop it halfway through. A must see. 1 stars
4/11/00 Chef ADogg The best movie of all time. Completely nuts, utterly mesmerizing. 5 stars
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  02-Mar-1953 (NR)
  DVD: 12-Oct-2004



Directed by
  Ed Wood

Written by
  Ed Wood

  Bela Lugosi
  Lyle Talbot
  Dolores Fuller
  Daniel Davis
  Timothy Farrell
  Charles Crafts

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