Thursday, August 20, 2009

The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made - #50 : Glen or Glenda?

A full month after I initially announced plans for this massive undertaking of bad cinema, I have finally taken the time to sit down and watch the first of the bunch and I am happy to report that I have survived it in one piece!


He loved women so much, he dared to dress like one! Ed Wood strikes again. The true story of a man whose lust for women drove him to be as close to a woman as he could by trying to become one.


Yes and no. I say no pretty much based on the fascination factor of it alone - a fascination factor that probably has come courtesy of Tim Burton and his Wood biopic. There's just something magical about watching an Ed Wood movie for me and I have that biopic to thank for that. Seeing all the scenes with Wood and Lugosi that were re-enacted by Depp and Landau was really interesting, as it was with watching Plan 9 after I saw the Burton flick. But it's not just that kinda stuff that makes the movie so interesting. Glen or Glenda is definetly Wood's most personal work and it acts as a fascinating insight into his cross dressing mind. It takes a lot of testicular fortitude to put yourself out there in such a way, especially in regards to things society has deemed not normal, and ya gotta give Wood a lot of credit for that. He poured his heart and soul into this bad movie and it actually contains a lot of positive messages about society, acceptance, and happiness. I'm sure Wood would be sad to find that proclivities like his own are still as unaccepted by society as ever, even over 30 years after his death, but it's nice to see someone standing up for what they believe in and just being who they are. All he wanted was acceptance and so he took to what he did worst - film - to get that point across. While there are moments where you can clearly see what Wood is trying to convey, and he gets it across pretty well, there are also those where what's going on on screen really makes no conceivable sense whatsoever. It really is a pretty bad movie but it comes from a good place - directly from Wood's heart - and for that reason I can't hate on it too much. And ya just gotta love Bela Lugosi's ominous and totally out of place narration. PULL ZEEE STRINGS!!!

But Eddie, ya didn't make too pretty lookin of a gal!


Bjornabo said...

Lugosi had to be pretty short of cash in his later years since he played in so many Ed Wood movies at the end of his career.

I understand that he and Wood became friends, but the man was Dracula! I think it did not suit Lugosi to play these roles, but that might just be me.

I`ve actually seen "Mesa of Lost Women", and all I can remember about that movie is two things:

1. The music was dredful.
2. The spider (You will see what I`m talking about)

Wings said...

This film I have only seen in bits and pieces. Will have to rectify that! Love a good Ed Wood movie, the man tried, at least, even if he was never really able to succeed.

Just saw the RiffTrax Live screening of Plan 9 From Outer Space in the theater last night! Have seen that movie many times, on it's own and with the riffing. Just so damn screwy!

Great post! Can't wait to see the next 49! ;)

Brad said...

I was reading and apparently this movie was an influence on Seed of Chucky. It's a terrible movie, but wait until you get to stuff like the Crawling Eye. This will seem like great cinema lol