Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Starring: Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore, Tom Keene, Carl Anthony
Unspeakable horrors from outer space paralyze the living and resurrect the dead!
A pilot named Jeff Trent and his co-pilot come across what they believe is a flying saucer. They report this event to the authorities and also start to investigate these events themselves when several people end up missing in their local area.
It turns out that aliens from Space Station 7 are starting to invade planet earth in an attempt to stop us from finding a nuclear bomb that is strong enough to even blow away the sunlight. The aliens hatch out a plan to raise the human dead, creating a small army of zombies that they can control and force to kill the living.
Plan 9 from Outer Space is infamous for being one of the worst movies of all time. While it has had great competition for the title by newer films such as Troll 2, Birdemic and The Room, what separates this film from the newer ones is that it is considered to be awful even for a time when cheesy sci-fi films where common.
Is it as terrible as its reputation would have it though? Yes… and no. There is a lot of flaws with the film technically. It feels like a film directed by someone who had a short attention span, but also a lot of love towards what he wanted to create. A good example is the inclusion of the scenes with an old and sick Bela Lugosi, the scenes doesn’t really add anything to the main story, but it is obvious that Ed Wood was fond of Lugosi and wanted him to be a part of this project.
The story isn’t all that bad if you look past the subplots (even though they can’t really be called plots at all), but the way the entire thing is narrated and the lack of talent behind the camera (and in some instances in front aswell) makes it very campy and amateurish. Yet it does have some charm to it and I would not call Plan 9 a boring film at all. Even if everything doesn’t make sense, there is stuff happening at all time.
It should be said that Ed Wood didn’t have a big budget to work with to bring his vision to the big screen, but sadly also not the talent to do so without guidance either. His script for this is poor, his directing is shoddy and it is actually the lack of talent and restrains from putting everything he wanted in this film that creates the charm that makes this film work and even remembered so many years later.
Plan 9 from Outer Space is definitely not one of the worst films of all time, it has way too much charm and fun to it to ever become a film deserving that type of title, although it is possible to see why others would say that about the film. It is a campy and cheesy sci-fi film that fans of so-called bad films will have fun with and genre fans do owe themselves to give this a go at least once during their lifetime.