I Woke Up Early the Day I Died
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998)

Aris Iliopulos directed this campy comedy utilizing schlock filmmaker Ed Wood's last unproduced screenplay. Stock footage and old hygiene films are intercut with this near-silent story following a cross-dresser (Billy Zane), who escapes… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: September 13, 1998
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Critic Score: 27% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Wood's bargain-basement aesthetic is impossible to parody. That this mime show works better than it should is, in a sense, the ultimate dis.

Shane Burridge

The budgets of [Wood's] own efforts would have been splurged within the first minute of DIED's title credits

Harvey S. Karten

What redeems the whole enterprise is the affection that paradoxically comes through from its director, who obviously has tender memories of Mr. Wood.

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Anita Gates
New York Times

It's sad and misguided and boring. Pretending to make a pathetically amateurish movie isn't nearly as effective as accidentally making one because you don't know any better.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

As funny as a funeral.

Dustin Putman

Like all of the films Ed Wood directed, this new movie is a pure and simple dud.

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James Berardinelli

I can recommend three more enjoyable alternatives: counting the number of hairs on the back of your forearm, practicing breaking a cinder block in half with your bare hand, or submitting to a colonoscopy.

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Cole Gagne
Film Journal International

Nothing could be more lethal to a Wood script than actors who not only think they're hipper than what they're trying to do, but who also make sure that the audience knows it.

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Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

hough the film is distinctive, its unique style wore thin after about 20 minutes, and as it progressed, watching became a chore.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Christopher Brown
I've never seen a filmmaker so proud of himself for making crap as when I saw this at TIFF. The wonderful thing about Ed Wood was he was genuinely trying… More