- Includes the Retrospective Documentary Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The Plan 9 Companion (1992, 111 min.), featuring interviews with stars Gregory Walcott, Carl Anthony, Paul Marco, Vampira and Conrad Brooks, plus sci-fi historian Forrest J. Ackerman and directors/fans Sam Raimi and Joe Dante
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Alien grave robbers try to take over Earth for the ninth time.
Sometimes a movie achieves such legendary status that it can't quite live up to its reputation. Plan 9 from Outer Space is not one of these movies. It is just as magnificently terrible as you've heard. Plan 9 is the story of space aliens who try to conquer the Earth through resurrection of the dead. Psychic Criswell narrates ("Future events such as these will affect you in the future!") as police rush through the cemetery, occasionally clipping the cardboard tombstones in their zeal to find the source of the mysterious goings-on. More than just a bad film, Plan 9 is something of a one- stop clearinghouse for poor cinematic techniques: The time shifts whimsically from midnight to afternoon sun, Tor Johnson flails desperately in an attempt to rise from his coffin, and flying saucers zoom past on clearly visible strings. Fading star Bela Lugosi tragically died during filming, but such a small hurdle could not stop writer-producer-director Ed Wood. Lugosi is ingeniously replaced with a man who holds a cape across his face and might as well have "NOT BELA LUGOSI" stamped on his forehead. Plan 9 is so sweetly well- intentioned in both its message and its execution that it's impossible not to love it. And if you don't, well, as Eros says, "You people of Earth are idiots!" --Ali Davis
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Plan 9 primarily deals with a couple of conspiracies. On one hand, the government is hiding alien existence from us while the aliens, loathed to be ignored, plot to destroy this upstart world because we're ignoring them and their dire warnings to stop making bombs (I don't think they were referring to this film in that regard). To that end, they resurrect three dead bodies, Bela Lugosi (in part) as the `old man,' his dead wife (Maila Nurmi), and Inspector Clay (Tor Johnson). These animated corpses wander around a cemetery set (at times you can see their shadows on the `walls' of the night). What little of Lugosi is featured is repeated several times and was shot for another proposed movie. The rest of his scenes are done with a stand-in. Neither has any dialog. All the sets looked to be made of cardboard with a lot of curtains covering everything. There's an unfortunate time element at play throughout the movie (it's day and night in some scenes!). For all that, it breezes along at a snappy pace. The dialog is hilarious. (When the inspector is killed, they all agree he was murdered "and someone is responsible!") How can you argue with logic like that? I especially loved the final denouncement in the saucer, when the alien Eros (Dudley Manlove) berates his guests, you have juvenile minds, and you're stupid! And then he tells them how to make a solarbonite bomb the aliens don't want the Earth dummies to know about.
Being this incompetent is a gift. Ed Wood's was a genius. I absolutely love this crappy movie. It's stellar.
you'll forget that it really ISN'T Bela Lugosi, but Martin Landau playing an aging, forgotten "Dracula" that did
not even live long enough to finish HIS part in the so terrible it is great---finally restored [B & W, and colorized]---
PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE fiasco that is so horrible it's just funny as hell! I bought the, restored Blu-ray of
PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, and put it along-side ED WOOD. Now, t-h-a-t is a double feature that CANNOT
be beat with a schtick stick!
Vampira however looks fantastic in it and is found in many of her trademark moves/poses she is famous for. She said once in a documentary she thought the movie was stupid and was essentially beneath her talents, and so, she spoke no lines. Neither does Bela Lugosi for that matter, but it adds some continuity to their characters thankfully. Its all in good fun and should be viewed as such as this was a very early film for Ed Wood.
I consider it a classic and I am so glad to be able to watch it on Amazon prime. Thank you so much, Amazon prime.
If you have not seen it give it a try, it's good clean fun and it has vampira and Tor Johnson in it