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Oct 17

Plan 9 from Outer Space

plan9Genre: Sci-Fi / Horror
Year: 1959
Country: USA

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.

Dec 10

The Raven

theravenGenre: Horror
Year: 1935
Country: USA

Director: Lew Landers
Starring: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lester Matthews, Irene Ware, Samuel S. Hinde

 

 

Dr. Richard Vollin is a famous surgeon who is called upon when the young Jean gets seriously injured in a car accident. After he saves her life, he starts to develop feelings for her and also reveals his obsession with Edgar Allan Poe to her.

Jean’s father reacts badly to Dr. Vollins feelings for his daughter and stops the possible affair from happening, so the good doctor comes up with a plan to take revenge upon them. He destroys the face of a poor criminal that seeks his help and uses him as a henchman in his evil plans. He invites Jean and her close ones to a dinner party and sets his evil plans in motion.

The Raven is one of three Universal Picture movies of the time that put the legendary Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi together. Lugosi has the leading role here, playing the sinister Dr. Vollin. Logusi has such a big presence here and seems to be very into his part as the evil doctor, almost overplaying it a bit. Karloff doesn’t get that much to do with his supporting role, but does make the most out of it. Yet again he plays a big monster, but who can really complain when it does it so well. The rest of the cast is outshined by these two and I can’t say that I noticed anything particularly great about any of them.