POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) -- A man in upstate New York wants to erect a statue to the Hollywood film director considered by some critics to be the worst of all time.
Ed Wood was born in 1924 in Poughkeepsie, where he became attracted to horror and science fiction films shown at the city's movie theaters. After World War II, Wood moved to Hollywood to make films.
His low-budget, campy movies were universally panned, but have now achieved cult status. "Plan 9 From Outer Space" tops many lists as the worst film ever made. Wood died in 1978.
Johnny Depp portrayed the filmmaker in the 1994 film, "Ed Wood."
The Poughkeepsie Journal reports (http://pojonews.co/13hGU8B ) that Joe Mendillo is attempting to raise funds to commission and build a life-size bronze statue of Wood in the city.
Information from: Poughkeepsie Journal, http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com
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