Bride of the Monster (1955)
Bela Lugosi as Dr. Eric Vornoff
Bruce could see the upset in Ed’s eyes, even if he wouldn’t look at him. Brows knitting together, he licked his lips and nodded. “I know. Look, I—” Before he could continue, Ed had started to quietly sob.
Bruce was never good with this sort of thing. He never knew what to say or what to do to comfort people. It made him very anxious, but he swallowed and attempted to pat at the other man’s hand. “So you had a bad night. We all have those every once in a while, but it’s what you do from here that makes the difference.”
Ed continued to sob slowly shrinking himself into a ball, as much as he could. He felt Bruce’s hand on his forcing his head to turn to him, “Bad night? Bad night? People have bad nights by having one night stands. They get in a small fight. They get mugged. Things that they can recover from. A bad night for me ain’t so easy. It ain’t something to roll of my shoulder Bruce. I’m an addict. I’m such a fuck up that I can’t even live in my own house with my family without having the risk of having another bad night and never coming home. I’m killing myself if I keep doing this… And the worst part is I know it’s wrong. I just can’t stop what helps me cope with Al. It helps me forget. It helps me relax and finally sleep without thinking and wishing Al was just right here next to me getting old with me like we always wanted to…”
He understood Bruce was being a good friend and trying to console him the best that he could, but Ed broke down. He couldn’t help himself from shattering on Bruce’s shoulder, feeling every sob shudder through his body. His heart ached and longed for Al. Ed felt ashamed and guilty. And all the while, he knew this was just as torturous for Bruce. Bruce was never good with tears.
Ed tried to compose himself, sniffling on Bruce’s shoulder, “I’m sorry… I’m so sorry… I miss him so much…”
Dr. Forrester was still staring at the director. He wasn’t sure how he’d come into such luck like this. To his knowledge, the man had been dead for years, but here was. He started hypothesizing about the reasons the director could be standing here in front of him in Deep 13. His mind raced with possibilities such as his experiments were so powerful they were bringing horrible B-Movie directors back to life.
He nodded, wild strands of hair moving in every direction as he did so. A wide grin formed on his mouth under his treasured mustache. “Water. Yes, yes! Of course. I… Oh, just wait right here. My assistant seems to have taken the day off. It’s so hard to find good help these days.”
He laughed, rolling his eyes before he took off towards the kitchen. Standing there, he was momentarily confused. He rarely came in here on his own. What was he in here for? Oh, right! Water. He started flinging cabinet doors open, throwing dishes on the floor in search for the cups until he finally found them and turned the tap on to fill it with water. Frank was going to get quite the earful when he showed his hiney back in Deep 13.
Making his way back out to where the director stood, Dr. Forrester smiled again and handed him the cup of water. “Right, here you go. A nice cup of water.” He paused, wringing his hands together with a nervous laugh before he raised on eyebrow, tilting his head. “Someone sent you to me? Oh, this is just perfect. Finally, I’m being recognized for my work! Oh poopie, where are my manners? Ah… Yes, yes. Sit down. Tell me, Mr. Wood, what is it that I can do for you, hm?”
Ed smiled watching the doctor fumble over himself apologizing for not having his assistant find him some water, “Take your time it’s alright.” Ed watched as the doctor disappeared into a different room. Ed loved feeling important by an estranged doctor, even if he was a little scattered.
When the doctor came back with his glass of water Ed couldn’t help but smile at the nervous doctor. Ed noticed his nervous laughter and the way he fidgeted. Ed stood awkwardly before being told to sit down. He had to admit, this doctor was the strangest he’s ever met.
"Oh well, I don’t really know how I’ve gotten here. I just know I was sent here to meet you and maybe get an interview from you. I know you’re a real big fan from what I see." Ed giggled crossing his right leg over his left waiting for the Doctor to begin his interview.
Esme flashed the director her widest grin and nodded, “perrrrfect”.
As she watched his movements with the eyes of a hawk, she began to sense an intrigue stirring from within her dark depths… His sheer passion and meticulousness were both very admirable traits among many that were beginning to unfold before her.
As she finished her cigarette, the plum-lipped villainess flicked the butt to the floor and, with a sharp twist of her ankle, crushed it as if it were an insect. Esme then exhaled her last plume of smoke and waited for Ed to give his next indication, staring darkly into the camera at her own warped reflection.
Ed finished focusing the camera, mesmerized by the way Esme crushed her cigarette butt beneath her sleek heels. He smirked at the dark look she gave the camera as she waited for further instructions. It almost seemed mischievous.
Ed smiled sitting back in his directors chair behind the camera. He grabbed his pen and notepad watching Esme for a moment in silence, hoping to build some nerves or some other reaction than the confident mischievous smile she gave him. But to his surprise, she did nothing but continue to wait patiently staring darkly into the camera.
Ed cleared his throat gesturing with his hand for her to start, “When you’re ready you may start your monologue.”
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Ed Wood is a 1994 American comedy-drama biopic directed and produced by Tim Burton, and starring Johnny Depp as cult filmmaker Ed Wood. The film concerns the period in Wood’s life when he made his best-known films as well as his relationship with actor Bela Lugosi, played by Martin Landau. Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, Lisa Marie, and Bill Murray are among the supporting cast. - wikipedia
Bride of the Monster (1955)
Bela Lugosi as Dr. Eric Vornoff
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