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Plan 9 from Outer Space (1956)

Cast: Bela Lugosi, Bela Lugosi, Mona McKinnon, more...
Director: Ed Wood, Ed Wood
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Cult, Science Fiction , Aliens, Golden Turkeys, Space Opera
Running Time: 78 min.
Languages: English
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With its incoherent plot, jaw-droppingly odd dialogue, inept acting, threadbare production design, and special effects so shoddy that they border on the surreal, Plan 9 From Outer Space has often been called the worst movie ever made. But it's an oddly endearing disaster; boasting genuine enthusiasm and undeniable charm, it is the work of people who loved movies and loved making them, even if they displayed little visible talent. In Plan 9, alien invaders attempt to conquer the world by raising the dead, starting with an old man dressed in a Dracula costume (Bela Lugosi, in a few minutes of left-over footage grafted into this film), his much-younger and well-proportioned wife (Maila "Vampira" Nurmi), and a remarkably overweight police officer (Tor Johnson). Often funny and consistently entertaining (if almost always for the wrong reasons), Plan 9 From Outer Space is an anti-masterpiece if there ever was one, and as Criswell so brilliantly puts it, "Can you PROVE it didn't happen?!?" Its legendary director Edward D. Wood Jr. was played by Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's 1994 biopic, Ed Wood. One of the DVD releases of Plan 9 From Outer Space includes the documentary Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The Plan 9 Companion, an exhaustive and entertaining look at the making of the film that runs a half-hour longer than the feature to which it pays tribute! ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

it's bad, but no worse than Julia Roberts films by saveyourservant August 25, 2003 - 9:09 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
i actually lost interest in the film about halfway through and watched the included documentary instead, which was interesting enough. As someone unfamiliar with Ed Wood, this was enough for me. the film itself provides some laughs, but after a while it feels like kicking a dead horse. my moderate score is based on the documentary. One thing is for certain, Vampira was a supreme hottie, back in the day.

Wonderfully laughably baaaaaad or how NOT to make a movie by CSullivan June 6, 2003 - 8:34 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Plan 9 from Outer Space is all the more endearing because you know that that writer/producer/director Ed Wood, was trying to be serious. This Golden Turkey winner has by far the worst dialog, most senseless plot, crummiest cardboard sets and stupid costumes, not to mention errors galore. The star of the movie is the late Bela Lugosi (who died prior to filming) is replaced in most scenes with a much taller, younger man (Wood's Chiropractor), who keeps his cape drawn in front of his face at all times. Count how many times they use the very same stock footage of Bella throughout the movie. Count how many continuity errors there are (day/night). Watch for the stings on the flying saucers. Shriek with laughter over the mind numbingly terrible lines that these poor actors are forced to say. This isn't just low budget, its NO budget filmmaking and it's thoroughly entertaining. I highly recommend watching it with a group of people with a sense of humor.

For a chronological list of some of the over 70 errors you can check out:
Or have a ball finding them all on your own! This is great stuff people!

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