Perhaps one of the oddest pairings in Hollywood history was the relationship between A.C. Stephen (whose actual name was Steve Apostolof) and Ed Wood, Jr., the infamous creator of such gems as Plan 9 From Outer Space
and Glen or Glenda
. While Apostolof wanted to create art films with big budgets, Wood just wanted to churn out film after film, always blaming others for his lack of commercial success. Apostolof and Wood even paired up in 1965 for a loosely based sequel to Plan 9 From Outer Space
entitled Orgy of the Dead
Fugitive Girls (aka Five Lost Women) Rated R, 1974, color
Their Virgin Skin Violated in a Hell-Hole of Lost Souls! The film was written by Stephen and Wood and directed by Stephen and is noteworthy as this is Ed Wood's last on screen appearance, playing dual cameo roles as both the gas station attendant "Pops" and the sheriff, (wearing dark shades and a fake moustache). It's a simple storyline, where five women break out of prison (including `60's porn star Rene Bond) trying to find money one of the girls buried before being sent way. 4 are hardened criminals, the 5th was unjustly convicted. Most of the film is spent with the girls traveling around California, encountering hippies, beating up men and ultimately fighting amongst themselves.
Drop Out Wife (aka The Sensuous Wife), 1974 in color
Women's Lib or Women's Fib? As was the case with Fugitive Girls, this film was written by Stephen and Wood and directed by Stephen and while starring Angela Carnon, they once again utilize the talents of Rene Bond again, adding the legendary Candy Samples for extra oomph. This is a surprisingly poignant film, far better than the poor execution, dealing with the trials and tribulations of a woman who gets married and after being physically and emotionally abused, seeks other outlets to find happiness. Gradually, with the encouragement of her close friend, her life spirals out of control. Watch for a brief cameo by Stephen in the bar scene!
Lady Godiva Rides (aka Lady Godiva Meets Tom Jones) Rated R, 1969, color
She Blew The Lid Off The Wild West! Only a Bulgarian ex-patriot (A.C. Stephen), could blend an 11th century noblewoman (Lady Godiva) with Tom Jones (circa 18th century ) and stick them into the late 19th century American west! This is a western comedy and period piece. When an English lord finds his wife Lady Godiva in bed with her lover Tom Jones they have to leave the country and go to the USA. Godiva ends up in a brothel and when Tom wants to save her he is challenged to a duel by the owner of the brothel. Stars Liz Rene. Rated R (for excessive nudity)