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Ed Wood's cult classic which was a critical bomb and is considered the worst film of all time on six continents!

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Wood's Masterpiece.

  • Feb 20, 2004
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PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE is often considered to be both Ed Wood's best film and "the worst movie of all time". Do you see the illogic there? How can it be Wood's "best film", yet the "worst movie of all time"? It really isn't. Wood made lots of films that were ten times as worse than PLAN 9 and there are a lot of movies being churned out in theatres today that are just awful. If nothing else, PLAN 9 is amusing and at least has a story, convoluted as it is. Besides, it was the last film Bela Lugosi ever made.

The plot revolves around some aliens who are resurrecting dead people to have them kill other people they can resurrect so that they can teach the Earthlings a lesson. That pretty much sums it up. What that summary doesn't include are all the great visual gags: from the flying saucer plates on string to doors without any doorknobs. It's all fun, fun, fun.

Ed Wood was a filmmaker with a passion to make movies. He wanted to make movies, so he did. Had he been alive today, he probably would be a fairly famous filmmaker and not the shunned director he later became.

PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE is bizarre and kind of dumb. However, it's also hilarious to watch and is better than many movies being made today. If nothing else, it's worth watching for it's place in movie canon.

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With nothing but a rough idea for a horror film, director Edward D. Wood Jr. raised money, borrowed Bela Lugosi for a few days and shot footage in and around a cemetery and the front of Tor Johnson's house. Lugosi died unexpectedly after four days of shooting. Wood wrote a script around this footage, calling it Grave Robbers from Outer Space and obtained financing from a Baptist Church. With Dr. Tom Mason doubling for Lugosi in the rest of the film, Wood shot most of the footage, including the graveyard scenes, at Quality Studios.

Wood arranged to have uniforms and props borrowed from the local Police Department. He recalled that his own salary was minimal ($350), and that considering the limitations of the budget, Tommy Kemp, who handled the special effects for the film, did an acceptable job, using hub caps as space ships. When the film premiered in Hollywood in 1959 under the title, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Lugosi's widow Hope Lininger, together with Tor Johnson, appeared on stage in place of her dead husband.

Vampira & Johnson Lugosi was convincing as an elderly man mourning his dead wife before an open grave. The scens of Lugosi stalking a cemetery in his Dracula costume as a corpse raised from the dead are deeply moving, especially as it was his last role. Gregory Walcott, the lead, was a regular on the defunct TV series 87th Precinct. Finnish-born Maila Nurmi recreated her Vampira role--a characterization she made famous as a Los Angeles TV horror show hostess--as ...

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Genre: Classics, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Release Date: 1959
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Edward D. Wood, Jr.
Studio: Legend
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