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Plan 9 from Outer Space
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Genre: Sci-Fi
Horror
Directed By: Ed Wood
Produced By: Ed Wood
Written By: Ed Wood
Starring: Gregory Walcott
Bela Lugosi
Maila Nurmi (a.k.a. Vampira)
Lyle Talbot
Cinematography: William C. Thompson
Distributed By: Valiant Pictures
Release Date: July 22, 1959
Runtime: 80 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $60,000


Plan 9 from Outer Space (often referenced as Plan 9 or Grave Robbers from Outer Space) is a 1959 sci-fi horror movie filmed in 1956 and directed by Ed Wood.

Plot

In California, an old man (Bela Lugosi) grieves the loss of his wife (Malia Nurmi) and on the next day, he also dies. However, the space soldier Eros and her mate Tanna use an electric device to resurrect them both and the strong Inspector Clay (Tor Johnson) that was murdered by the couple. Their intention is not to conquer Earth but to stop mankind from developing the powerful bomb "Solobonite" that would threaten the universe. When the population of Hollywood and Washington DC sees flying saucers on the sky, a colonel, a police lieutenant, a commercial pilot, his wife, and a policeman try to stop the aliens.

Why It Sucks

  1. After Bela Lugosi died in August of 1956, Ed Wood used his wife's chiropractor Tom Mason as Lugosi's stand-in. Mason was much taller than Lugosi and didn't look anything like him aside from having larger ears like Lugosi did, which the movie attempted to hide by having him hold a cloak over the lower half of his face in all his scenes.
  2. Awful acting.
  3. Poor special effects, most infamously the flying saucers which were just off-the-shelf toys repainted slightly, with one having a block added onto it to match the square walls of the spaceship set.
  4. Laughable dialogue.
  5. All the scenes in the movie have many, many errors. The most famous is the scene where in one shot, it's daytime but in the very next cut, it's nighttime.
  6. Overused stock footage, which is all in 4:3 when the movie was intended to be cropped to widescreen in theatrical releases.
  7. Awkward backgrounds.
  8. When the actors accidentally hit the fake tombstone, it falls right down. They didn't even bother to re-shoot.
  9. One set is reused several times.
  10. Bizarrely out-of-place intro scene with Criswell, a then-famous psychic, introducing the film as something which is going to take place in the future, and then suddenly claiming that it's actually something which took place in the past.

The Only Redeeming Quality

  1. The film is endlessly entertainingly bad and perfect for people who love bad movies.

Reception

After it was released, it was met with extremely negative reviews. It even won a Golden Turkey award for that very title and has gained a cult following among movie fans due to its status of a famously bad movie. It holds a 67% on Rotten Tomatoes while IMDB holds a 4/10 rating.

Trivia

  • Inspector Daniel Clay's face has become a popular Halloween mask in 1977.
  • In an interesting note, the film was actually completed in 1956 but it wasn't released for another 3 years due to difficulty in finding a distributor.
  • The scene of the detective messing around with his gun and variously pointing it at the two patrolmen and himself was actually the actor seeing if director Ed Wood would realize what he was doing and tell him to knock it off. Needless to say, he didn't.

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Review

Chris Stuckmann’s Review
Plan 9 from Outer Space is at #1

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