Long-lost Ed Wood film causes controversy at Fantastic Fest

12:13 p.m Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 Austin360 Home

Controversy erupted yet again during Fantastic Fest on Sunday over the secret screening from the Drafthouse-associated American Genre Film Archive.

Festgoers who chose to attend the secret screening over other films showing at that time had no idea they were about to see a long-lost Ed Wood film called “Take It Out in Trade,” which, depending on who you talk to, is either a nudie/sexploitation film or a piece of actual pornography with violence against women.

Wood is best known as one of the most beloved terrible filmmakers of all time. Some see him as inept; some see him as visionary. Rudolph Grey’s apparently out-of-print book “Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood, Jr.” remains essential reading.

But given the accusations of sexual misconduct against former Birth.Movies.Death editor Devin Faraci (a Drafthouse-owned publication) and Fantastic Fest co-founder Harry Knowles, many thought showing the movie without letting folks know what they were in for was in poor taste. Others defended the film.

Here’s a sample of what some people were saying on social media.

(Note: Todd Brown is the former Fantastic Fest programmer who quit earlier this month over the Devin Faraci controversy.) 

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