Tim Burton’s signature gothic styling was a perfect suit for the realization of the strange and sad, but also often humorous and heart-warming, true story of the proclaimed “worst director of all time”. His sensibilities from films like Beetlejuice (1988) and Edward Scissorhands (1990) translate to the bizarre collision of the terrible 1950’s B movies made by the titular director and the atmospheric horror films of the 1930s, represented by the imposing presence of faded star Bela Lugosi, as portrayed by Martin Landau. Wood’s story is one of triumph, despite the notorious reputation and quality of his legacy. It is also the very cheapness and shoddy direction that compels audiences to see and appreciate his movies. Burton’s vision captures the camaraderie and quirky spirit of how ambition and a creative spirit brings about a satisfying way of life, even if the result itself is admired by only a few. Luckily for him, Ed Wood is seen as his greatest directorial accomplishment, and has also solidified the legend of Wood himself as a director worth admiring and appreciating, if not for his films then at least for his gumption.
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The Twin Geeks · Ep. 85: Ed Wood (1994)