OUCH! by MR.E.

OUCH! by MR.E.

Friday, May 2, 2014

FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE: I WOKE UP EARLY THE DAY I DIED (1998) Ed Wood's Last Script! All-Star Cast!

Overcoming a nurse, and dressing in her clothes, a madman escapes from Hope Sanitarium.  The world he is about to enter is crazier than anything he could have endured at the asylum.  Quintessential Wood with a modern twist - no dialogue- only atmospheric sounds, alternating bursts of laughter and screams, and a wonderful soundtrack.  With knowing homage to Hitchcock and Fellini, director Iliopulos has brought off a stunning debut feature; elevates this from 50's camp to 90's style.

Upon leaving the sanitarium, the madman goes on a crime spree that nets him a gun, a car, a fortune in stolen cash, and one dead loan office manager.  As the thief escapes the murder scene, he comes upon a forbidden cemetery as a burial, replete with bagpipe music and a bizarre ceremony employing tuning forks and strange icons, is taking place.  As the undertaker, the caretaker, and an odd assortment of mourners leave the service, the thief peers into the coffin, thinking it is a good place to hide his briefcase of ill-gotten gains.  As he strikes the tuning fork that is buried with the robe-draped skeleton, bagpipe music fills the air and throws him into convulsions.  The coffin lid slams shut, locking his money inside, as the thief is thrown into an open grave, knocking himself unconscious.  And so begins an adventure so bizarre you have to see it to believe it!

Written by Edward D. Wood.  Starring in order of appearance: Billy Zane, Tippi Hendren, Ron Perlman, Christina Ricci, Andrew McCarthy, Ann Magnuson, Bud Cort, Taylor Negron, Max perlich, Will Patton, Rain Phoenix, Summer Phoenix, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Tara Reid, John Ritter, Kathleen Robertson, Ricky Schroder, Nicollette Sheridan, Steven Webber, Abraham Benrubi, Sandra Bernhard, Karen Black, Leif Garret,t, Dana Gould, Eartha Kitt, and Conrad Brooks, Vampira (Malia Nurmi), and Ed's widow Kathy Wood!  Directed by Aris Iliopulos.



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