Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)


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Critic Consensus: The epitome of so-bad-it's-good cinema, Plan 9 From Outer Space is an unintentionally hilarious sci-fi "thriller" from anti-genius Ed Wood that is justly celebrated for its staggering ineptitude.

Movie Info

Space aliens reanimate the dead as prelude to an invasion of Earth in what is often acclaimed as one of the worst films of all time. This hilarious low-budget camp classic features wooden acting, appallingly bad special effects, stunning leaps in logic, and a tacked-on final appearance by Bela Lugosi.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: Edward D. Wood Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 18, 1999


as Ghoul Man

as General

as Inspector Clay

as Jeff Trent

as Paula Trent

as Lt. Harper

as Col. Tom Edwards

as Tanna

as Narrator

as Patrolman Kelton

as Captain

as Policeman

as Patrolman Larry

as Gravedigger
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Critic Reviews for Plan 9 from Outer Space

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (2)

J. Hoberman of the Village Voice has made a case for Wood as an unconscious avant-gardist; there's no denying that his blunders are unusually creative and oddly expressive.

Full Review… | March 28, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It all ends with famous psychic Criswell asking the audience, 'Can you prove it didn't happen? God help us in the future'. Prophetic.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

What distinguishes Plan 9 from the other contenders for worst film of all time is the movie's brazen sense of confidence.

Full Review… | April 23, 2014

A giant train wreck of a picture...

Full Review… | June 6, 2013
Cinema Crazed

"This isn't like plans one through eight. This is plan nine, the one that worked! The worst movie ever made!"

Full Review… | October 5, 2011

Some things are best watched at 3am, wrapped in the warm glow of drunkenness. Plan 9 From Outer Space is one of them.

Full Review… | November 16, 2010
SFX Magazine

Audience Reviews for Plan 9 from Outer Space

"We are all interested in the future for that is where you and I will spend the rest of our lives and remember my friends future events such as these will affect you in the future!"

That's just for openers.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

I have seen worse movies in my life, hell, I've seen worse movies this very month, and yet this particular film from the infamous Ed Wood seems to be the seminal in bad filmmaking. Because of Mr. Wood's earnest approach to his source material, his inability to make films without corny dialogue, and his decision to only have one take per scene; make many of his films comically bad. It's sad that the untainted enthusiasm of Mr. Wood is often relegated to mirth, but at least his films are beloved for their camp and corniness, more than can be said for other aspiring filmmakers. This isn't even the worst of his films, but it is the most absurd, as it bridges the genres of zombie horror, sci-fi, and apocalypse film without any seamless transitions. He uses people who have never acted before, homemade sets, and doesn't apologize for the lack of production value. Still, I found the sentiment expressed by the aliens as productive, the sole message of the film positive as it says to do better for the world than the ways humans have before. At least there's that care for human dignity, and that's what makes this film great, even if it's technically bad.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Ed Wood's most infamous creation and a definite prove of how outrageously inept he was as a filmmaker. Featuring a lot of laughable acting and dialogue, ridiculous special effects and a disastrous notion of space and time, it's a masterpiece in sheer awfulness.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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