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The working title of the film was Dr. Acula. According to information in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the film was submitted in February 1959 for a code seal under the title Revenge of the Dead. It is unclear when the title was changed to Night of the Ghouls. After the opening title featuring his name, well-known television psychic Criswell (Charles Criswell King) addresses the camera while sitting up in a casket. Criswell provides continual voice-over narration throughout the film. The opening and closing cast credits differ in order and some of the spellings of actor and character names differ between the opening and closing credit. The credit for Edward D. Wood, Jr. reads: "Written, Produced, Directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr."
Modern sources indicate that Night of the Ghouls under its original title of Revenge of the Dead was part of a trilogy (including the 1955 production Bride of the Monster and the 1959 release Plan 9 from Outer Space) featuring "Patrolman Kelton," played by Paul Marco. The same source states Night of the Ghouls was pieced together from two shorter films, Hellborn and Final Curtain. The film May have had a preview showing in 1959, but the film was never released, despite some interest by producer Tony Cardoza and Allied Artists. The original negative reportedly remained in a film laboratory for twenty-two years, rumored to be because of an unpaid bill. In 1983, the film was purchased by producer Wade Williams, who copyrighted (the film under number PA-204-149, then distributed it on video.