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Beast of Terror in Vice City
The story of Ed Wood and his movies has captured my imagination lately. Ed Wood, who was named the worst director of all time, is responsible for 1950's Sci-Fi horror classics like Plan 9 From Outer Space and Bride of the Monster.
Johnny Depp in Ed Wood
Personally, I don't think he deserves the title. He always worked with almost no budget at all and on a very limited shooting schedule. There is only so much you can do with that, no matter how good at directing you are. He is a horrible dialogue writer, however, as you'll often find a quote like "Future events like these will affect you in the future" stuck in your head after a viewing.
I think what made his movies so interesting were the eccentricities that are strewn about. At the start of Glen or Glenda, Wood's somewhat biographical movie about transvestism, Bela Lugosi delivers an awkwardly unrelated speech about dragons and puppy dog tails. Stock footage of running Buffalo can then be seen over Lugosi shouting: "Pull the string! Pull the string!" It has to be seen to be believed.
All this, combined with my terrible addiction to Vice City, has made me produce a new flash movie. Beast of Terror in Vice City was made with the Ed Wood movies in mind and I tried to make it as close to the original as possible. It's the most fun I've had on a flash project to date and I've already got another not-so-unrelated project in mind.