Monday, September 5, 2016

Ed Wood extra! Some "utterly stupid" fan art for 'The Revenge of Dr. X'

So Utterly Stupid: James Craig as Dr. Bragan. Artwork by Joe Blevins.

"How in the hell can anybody be so utterly stupid as to build a rocket base on the coast of Florida?"

If there's an immortal line in the Ed Wood-written screenplay for The Revenge of Dr. X (aka Venus Flytrap and numerous other titles), that's it. And a big part of what makes that line great is the over-the-top way it's delivered by apoplectic actor James Craig as the harried Dr. Bragan. Over the Labor Day weekend, I found myself stranded in a motel in Indiana with very little to do for hours at a time. For some reason, I had a hankering to rewatch Dr. X. I don't think I'd watched it all the way through since reviewing it for Ed Wood Wednesdays.

Anyway, that experience of revisiting the film inspired me to create a bit of Revenge of Dr. X fan art. There's surprisingly little of that. Maybe this will inspire more. I worked on that portrait of Dr. Bragan for a few minutes here and there over the course of the weekend, starting Friday and finishing today. Enjoy it or don't. Up to you.

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  1. sorry you were stranded, but it was worth it, joe! a great piece! the dialogue in X is some of ed's most inscrutable (meant as a big compliments) and there's even a fanstoration of the film
    under the original working title (?) Body of the Prey: https://archive.org/details/BodyOfThePrey1966

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    1. Oh, cool. Thanks, Greg. I'm glad someone gave this film a real opening credits sequence. I wish there were a better copy of it out there somewhere, maybe one not mastered from a VHS tape. But you can't have everything.

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