Necromania (1971)

Genres - Adult, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Softcore Sex Film, Supernatural Horror  |   Run Time - 43 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Fred Beldin

This softcore porn romp represents the last film helmed by cult director Edward D. Wood Jr. and while it doesn't differ greatly from any number of typical adults-only features of the era, a few of the transvestite auteur's trademark eccentricities will emerge for those familiar with his work. The score is wildly inappropriate, spy-movie style bombast, and occasionally, some amusing non-sequitur will slip out of an actor's mouth (when they aren't otherwise occupied). The only commercially available print of Necromania was trimmed of all exposition, and what's left is nearly nonstop action which comes very close to hardcore sexual material, stopping short of actual deeds, but providing enough spread-eagled women and handsomely endowed men to qualify as pornography. When attempting mainstream sci-fi and action stories, Wood created bizarre, logic-challenged motion pictures that are hard to forget, but despite Necromania's occult themes (which weren't completely unusual for the era), it's a fairly ordinary pornographic film, making for a strange coda to an otherwise wholly idiosyncratic career.