The result is beguiling rather than thrilling." Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Ed Wood: character, dialogue from previous films: A biopic on Ed Wood's life, starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton: 1995: Crossroads of Laredo: Director, Screenwriter, Actor - Cowboy (posthumously completed) Originally shot in 1948 as Streets of Laredo, this was the first film Wood shot. Mike Starr as George Weiss: Foul-mouthed Z movie producer known for his work on exploitation films. By comparison, Metacritic collected an average score of 70/100, based on 19 reviews. In Rudolph Grey's 1992 biography Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood Jr., Wood's wife Kathy recalls that Wood told her that his mother dressed him in girls' clothing as a child. So it's got an overly optimistic quality to it."

Corliss continued, "One wonders why this Burton film is so dishwatery, why it lacks the cartoon zest and outsider ache of Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands or Batman Returns.". Sometime later, Béla dies leaving Ed without a star. The film contains an "eerily prescient"[22] scene, in which Carl Anthony's character states, "I look at this slush, and I try to remember, at one time, I made good movies". The initial release had a featurette on transvestites — not relating to the film or its actors in any way — which was removed from subsequent releases. [16] Bela Lugosi was supposed to play the lead role of the plastic surgeon, but was busy working on another film project when filming started and had to bow out.[17]. He wrote, directed and appeared in it, but the film was never completed in Wood's lifetime. On October 4[36]–5, 2003,[37] horror host Mr. Lobo was canonized as the "Patron Saint of late night movie hosts and insomniacs" in the Church of Ed Wood. In 1998, Wood's previously unfilmed script I Woke Up Early the Day I Died was finally produced, starring Billy Zane and Christina Ricci, with appearances by Tippi Hedren, Bud Cort, Sandra Bernhard, Karen Black, John Ritter and many others. In the 1960s and 1970s, he made sexploitation movies and wrote over 80 pulp crime, horror and sex novels.

[29] Kathy died on June 26, 2006, having never remarried.[29]. (Together they had made Wood's Orgy of the Dead in 1965.) "Outrageously disjointed and just as outrageously entertaining, the picture stands as a successful outsider's tribute to a failed kindred spirit.

In 1958 Wood wrote, produced, and directed Night of the Ghouls (originally titled Revenge of the Dead), starring Kenne Duncan, Tor Johnson (as "Lobo" from Bride of the Monster), Criswell, Duke Moore, and Valda Hansen. Together, Wood and Apostolof went on to make a string of sexploitation films up to 1977. The film was an early entry to the new subgenre of hardcore pornographic film. A complete print of the previously lost Wood pornographic film, The Young Marrieds, was discovered in 2004. Lehmann presented their treatment to his producer on Heathers, Denise Di Novi. Fuller later said she initially had no idea that Wood was a crossdresser and was mortified when she saw Wood dressed as a woman in Glen or Glenda.

Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. [13], Wood billed himself under a number of different pseudonyms, including Ann Gora (in reference to Angora, his favorite female textile) and Akdov Telmig (the backwards form of his favorite drink, the vodka gimlet). Postal Service as a custodian, and his family relocated numerous times around the United States. Wood's father, Edward Sr., worked for the U.S. Producers of MST3K considered including Plan 9, but found it had too much dialogue for the show's format. Irritated at being thought of solely as writers for family films with their work on Problem Child and its sequel, Alexander and Karaszewski struck a deal with Burton and Denise Di Novi to produce the Ed Wood biopic, and Michael Lehmann as director. In 1947, Wood moved to Hollywood, California, where he wrote scripts and directed television pilots, commercials and several forgotten micro-budget westerns with names such as Crossroads of Laredo and Crossroad Avenger: The Legend of the Tucson Kid. "The script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski posits Wood as a classic American optimist, a Capraesque hero with little to be optimistic about, since he was also a classic American loser. To this end, Burton wanted to make the film through Wood's eyes. Burton read the first draft and immediately agreed to direct the film as it stood, without any changes or rewrites. Burton biographer Ken Hanke criticized the depiction of Dolores Fuller. Redwood City is a city on the San Francisco Peninsula in Northern California's Bay Area, approximately 27 miles (43 km) south of San Francisco, and 24 miles (39 km) northwest of San Jose.Redwood City's history spans its earliest inhabitation by the Ohlone people to being a port for lumber and other goods. During her years with Wood, Fuller had regular TV jobs on Queen for a Day and The Dinah Shore Show, which are not mentioned.

The film went on to gross $5,887,457 domestically, much less than the production budget of $18 million.

Principal photography began in August 1993, and lasted 72 days. They remained married until Wood's death in 1978.

Assigned to the 2nd Defense Battalions, he reached the rank of corporal before he was discharged.

He collected comics and pulp magazines, and adored movies, especially Westerns, serials, and anything involving the occult. In 1952, Ed Wood is struggling to join the film industry. He said in an interview, "On a picture like this I find you don't need to storyboard. Burton admits to having always been a fan of Ed Wood, which is why the biopic is filmed with an aggrandizing bias borne of his admiration rather than derision of Wood's work. Parts of the pilot were recycled for use in Night Of The Ghouls. Fuller criticized Parker's portrayal and Burton's direction, but still gave Ed Wood a positive review. 1957 saw Wood write and direct a pilot for a suspense-horror TV series that ultimately failed to sell.

Despite the film's low box office gross, Ed Wood went on to receive critical acclaim. [2], On his 12th birthday, in 1936, Wood received as a gift his first movie camera, a Kodak "Cine Special". Ed Wood is a 1994 American comedy-drama biopic directed and produced by Tim Burton, and starring Johnny Depp as cult filmmaker Ed Wood. [1], Wood's 1971 film Necromania was also believed lost for years until an edited version resurfaced at a yard sale in 1992, followed by a complete unedited print in 2001. Dr. Tom Mason, Kathy's chiropractor, is chosen to be Béla's stand-in. A new date of February 3, 2003 was set, only for it to be recalled again without explanation, although some copies quickly found their way to collectors' venues such as eBay.

[35] Founded as a joke, the Church of Ed Wood now boasts more than 3,500 baptized followers. [citation needed] (In 1958, Wood also co-wrote the screenplay for The Bride and the Beast (1958), which was directed by Adrian Weiss. Béla checks himself into rehab, and Ed finds love when he meets Kathy O'Hara, who is visiting her father at the same hospital. Ed drives Béla home and the two become friends.

Ed Wood gave Burton the opportunity to make a film that was more character-driven as opposed to style-driven.