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Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 22 July 1959 (USA)
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Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" into action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth, the lives of the living are in danger.

Director:

Edward D. Wood Jr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Walcott ... Jeff Trent
Mona McKinnon Mona McKinnon ... Paula Trent
Duke Moore Duke Moore ... Lt. Harper
Tom Keene ... Col. Edwards
Carl Anthony ... Patrolman Larry
Paul Marco ... Patrolman Kelton
Tor Johnson ... Inspector Clay
Dudley Manlove Dudley Manlove ... Eros
Joanna Lee Joanna Lee ... Tanna
John Breckinridge John Breckinridge ... Ruler
Lyle Talbot ... Gen. Roberts
David De Mering David De Mering ... Danny
Norma McCarty Norma McCarty ... Edith
Bill Ash Bill Ash ... Captain
Lynn Lemon Lynn Lemon ... Reverend (as Reverend Lynn Lemon)
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Storyline

An old man in California dies soon after losing his wife, but space soldier Eros and his mate Tanna use an electric device to resurrect them both and the strong Inspector Clay who was In California, an old man (Bela Lugosi) grieves the loss of his wife (Vampira) and on the next day he also dies. However, the space soldier Eros and his mate Tanna use an electric device to resurrect them both and the strong Inspector Clay that was murdered by the couple. Their intention is not to conquer Earth but to stop mankind from developing the powerful bomb "Solaranite" that would threaten the universe. When the population of Hollywood and Washington DC sees flying saucers in the sky, a colonel, a police lieutenant, a commercial pilot, his wife and a policeman try to stop the aliens. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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As the screen's greatest shock star Bela Lugosi is back to haunt the Earth in a terrifying revelation of things to come! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grave Robbers from Outer Space See more »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Reynolds Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film played for years in relative obscurity on late-night television until 1980, when critic Michael Medved dubbed it the worst film ever made. Almost instantly, a cult classic was created. See more »

Goofs

The Pentagon has a special computer to translate alien language. Although it's hard to catch, Eros turns on a similar computer on his ship right before the climax, so the humans and aliens understand each other during the final confrontation. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Criswell: Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future. You are interested in the unknown, the mysterious, the unexplainable. That is why you are here. And now, for the first time, we are bringing to you the full story of what happened on that fateful day. We are bringing you all the evidence, based only on the secret testimony ...
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Alternate Versions

The original title, "Grave Robbers From Outer Space", was filmed and appeared on the preview print. The replacement title "Plan Nine From Outer Space" was filmed and matted over a special effects shot showing the alien space station. The original title was simply cut out and the new title footage spliced onto the negative. The footage of Criswell introducing the film as "Grave Robbers From Outer Space" was left unchanged. See more »

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Spoofed in Dead End (1985) See more »

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Lynch Fever
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Music by Trevor Duncan
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Thoroughly Inept But Quite Watchable
20 June 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

While it thoroughly deserves its reputation as a film only worth seeing so that you can enjoy its remarkably amateurish production, on the other hand it seems a bit unfair to label "Plan 9 From Outer Space" as the worst film ever made. Most of it is quite watchable, it's not at all offensive, and the story - utterly ridiculous as it is - moves fairly quickly, and gives you some reasons to stick around to the end. Those qualities put it well ahead of a great many movies that cost a lot more to make and that involved many more recognizable names than you'll find in this cast.

To be sure, almost everything about it is of amazingly poor quality, from the incompetent directing and acting to the slipshod special effects to the dialogue that produces countless unintentional laughs. The story is goofy, and uses ideas and devices that lack credibility even by sci-fi standards. Everyone who watches it has their own list of favorite examples of this film's complete ineptitude.

If you have any interest in old movies, you should see this if you have the chance, as long as you can do so without paying for the privilege. It says something that so many viewers are still talking about it over 40 years after it was made, which is a lot more than will ever be said about most of the movies you could see in a theater today. Whether you will ever want to watch it again is an entirely different question, although there are those who have managed to enjoy watching this several times. Take a look for yourself and see what you think about this classic example of inept film-making.


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