(Review originally written at 21 December 2004)

It's not the worst movie I've ever seen but it sure is a strange one...

What on Earth was Ed Wood thinking when he wrote this script? It really is unbelievable how a person can write a script like this, nothing in it really makes sense and is just plain weird. I've also read the script (before watching this movie actually) and reading it makes even less sense. Yes, Ed Wood really is the worst writer of movie history.

There are some very weird scene's that seems to have nothing to do with the movie such as all of the Bela Lugosi scene's. What or who was his character even supposed to be? Even worse are the just plain weird dialogs he has to speak with his trademark horrible accent. I'm talking about line's such as: Beware! Beware of the big green dragon that sits on your doorstep. He eats little boys... Puppy dog tails, and BIG FAT SNAILS... Beware... Take care... Beware! Which is repeated countless times throughout the movie, in all kinds of variations. Or what to think of the line: Pull the string! Pull the string! while a pack of wild bison's run through the screen...talking about weird! At one point in the movie there are some erotic tinted scene's that absolutely don't make any sense to me. No wonder Wood in his final years ended up making hardcore porn movies such as "Necromenia".

Dolores Fuller really is an horrible actress. Perhaps the worst I've ever seen in a movie. She delivers her lines like an 9 year old would and I think by saying this I'm offending some 9 year old now...

Still you have to give some credit to this movie. As a documentary about transvestism it really isn't a that bad movie, especially not for its time. If the movie had been completely been made in documentary style it would even perhaps have been a classic. You have to give some credit for what Ed Wood tries to achieve with this movie, which is also based loosely on his own life as transvestite. You can tell by watching this movie that it had been made with lot's of ambition.

Like all Ed Wood movies, it's so bad that it actually becomes good.


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