RiffTrax: Plan 9 From Outer Space - from the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000!
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If you set out to create the worst movie you could imagine, what would be your second step (we're presuming you've already hired Cuba Gooding, Jr. as the lead.) Maybe to cast a 300 pound Swedish wrestler as LA Police Chief? Make some flying saucers out of tinfoil and string? Perhaps see if a guy named Dudley Manlove could fill a supporting role? And you'd certainly want legendary director Ed Wood, Jr. involved, as writer, producer, director, or if possible, all three!
Well, Plan 9 From Outer Space has all of that and more! (Except for Cuba Gooding, Jr. Aside from not being born when it was made, he had already committed to "Daddy Day Camp.") Plan 9 is a movie that exceeds all expectations, a difficult task for a flick frequently dubbed "The worst movie of all time." Few films are more deserving of a hilarious mocking commentary, and fortunately, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett of RiffTrax.com and Mystery Science Theater 3000 rose to the occasion.
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Truthfully, "Plan 9" IS a bad movie, but a more accurate award would be "Most Unintentionally Entertaining Bad Movie" as all the continuity errors, low budget effects, bad dialogue, incredible plot holes, etc. come so fast and furious you'd swear someone made this film intending it to be a comedy. Sadly, no, the people involved really did intend a serious drama, they just failed every single step of the way.
As is, its a movie that's incredibly funny on its own. With RiffTrax its even funnier. Mike, Kevin and Bill do a great job, and even though I've seen the movie on its own about a dozen times, some of their jokes actually pointed out things I had missed during all those previous viewings.
Also, since you can play "Plan 9" with the commentary off, I was able to sell my previous DVD copy of the film, as the print on this DVD is very crisp, actually better than my standalone DVD.
So if you're a fan of MST3k, check it out. If you've never seen "Plan 9" before, please watch the movie WITHOUT the commentary first. You won't believe your eyes.
Thankfully Rifftrax has brought their brand of commentary and jokes to what has been dubbed "The Worst Film of All Time", Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy take to task making fun of all the obvious mistakes and bad acting in Plan 9, the horrid editing, the terrible day for night or night for day changes from one scene to another and many other problems throughout the movie.
Anyone who has seen the movie on its own knows its funny just as it is, but with the Rifftrax crew its hilarious. The constant jokes about Bela Lugosi, his addictions and the terrible attempt to use a stunt double for Bela through much of the film are some of their best work. I personally enjoyed the Tor Johnson riffs and pop culture references make this one of the best from the guys and its well worth having as this is the perfect type of film that deserves a good harsh riffing.
There's a short on here too.
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