Glen or Glenda
Reviewed by Ken M. Wilson
Rating: 10 Beans
eave it to top-notch shlock director Edward D. Wood, Jr. to create a semi-autobiographical film dealing with the topic of cross-dressing for his debut. Wood himself wrote, directed and produced this film as well as starred in "Glen or Glenda?" His character is Glen, a man that is "not a homosexual" (which is repeated quite often via the monotone voice of the narrator), is in engaged to Barbara, "a beautiful and intelligent woman." Barbara is played by none other than Ed's girlfriend at the time, Dolores Fuller. It's quite obvious that Wood made this film with her in mind due to their own personal dealings within their relationship.
While the story of Glen is comical to many, "Glen or Glenda?" presents it in a caring, almost pitying, tone. What sets this off is the presence of past-his-prime horror legend, Bela Lugosi, as the puppet master of the whole story (as if the film has a plot in the first place) that "pulls the strings." You'll have to see the flick to share in the comedy of that last quote... believe me, you'll know it when you see the scene. All I have to say is, bison?
This film has to provide the lengthiest 65 minutes in recorded film history. Pain is a good term used to describe anyone fully enduring this flick. At the present time, I have only seen this film once. I am anxiously anticipating my second viewing. Many have claimed that Wood's "Plan Nine from Outer Space" is the worst film of all time, but I'd be willing to pit this film against it for the title fight.
With the combination of Lugosi, the touchy subject matter (for the time period), inane stock footage, the repetitive narrative, and the overall general boredom this film heralds itself as one of the earliest classics of the "Bad Movie Night" genre. If you can stomach this film, you can stomach anything.
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