Plan 9 From Outer Space

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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.

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Residents of California's San Fernando Valley are under attack by flying saucers from outer space. The aliens, led by Eros (Dudley Manlove) and his assistant, Tanna (Joanna Lee), intend to conquer the planet by resurrecting corpses in a Hollywood cemetery. The living dead -- a cape-wearing ghoul (Bela Lugosi), a vampire (Vampira) and a slow-footed cop (Tor Johnson) who was killed for his nosiness -- stalk curious humans who wander into the cemetery looking for evidence of the UFOs.

Cast & Crew

Vampira
Vampire Girl
Tor Johnson
Insp. Dan Clay
Gregory Walcott
Jeff Trent
Mona McKinnon
Paula Trent
Duke Moore
Lt. John Harper
Tom Keene
Col. Tom Edwards
Lyle Talbot
Gen. Roberts
John Breckenridge
The Ruler
Charles Burg
Associate Producer
J. Edward Reynolds
Executive Producer
Hugh Thomas Jr.
Associate Producer
William C. Thompson
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Critic Reviews for Plan 9 from Outer Space

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Audience Reviews for Plan 9 from Outer Space

  • Jul 11, 2013
    A movie famed for its astonishing badness and unintentional hilarity, Plan 9 From Outer Space is more than just another bad movie, it's the king of bad movies. It defines so-bad-it's-good cinema through its clunky special effects (the flying saucers are classic), horrendous acting, and utterly bizarre dialogue. The plot is just as strange as the rest of the movie, telling of a group of aliens who seek the attention of humans while also doing everything in their power to remain a secret. Because humans don't notice them, they decide to initiate (wait for it) Plan 9... FROM OUTER SPACE! They basically bring the dead back to life, and there may or may not be a vampire (played by Dracula himself, Bela Lugosi) for some reason. Even though director Ed Wood shows an incredible lack of talent (and that's putting it very lightly), the movie is so great because, even though it's a complete and utter failure on his part, he put his heart and soul into making the movie and it has a weird sort of charm because of it. He genuinely believed in what he was making, and his blind enthusiasm is actually sort of catchy. That said, the movie is a disaster from start to finish in the best way possible, so if you're a fan of horrible movies then I'm sure you'll find that Plan 9 From Outer Space is 78 minutes of pure, unadulterated magic. Expect the worst.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 15, 2012
    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, this is a masterpiece of sheer awfulness.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2012
    Didn't like it too much, but Bela Lugosi is in it! That guy is a horror icon!
    Tyler R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2012
    Since Tim Burton's 1994 fictionalized biopic classic Ed Wood, that tell the story about the worst director ever, Edward D. Wood, Jr. and his infamous/famous classic Plan 9 from Outer Space, both creator and creature won, from the new public, a cult following. With incoherent scenes, silly direction mistakes, chronologically and geographically incomprehensible, awful actings by an unlikely cast and poor production design/special "defects", Plan 9 become an unintentionally funny sci-fi, that sometimes bring a poetic narration, and an interesting anti-war message (arguably the best anti-war message in sci-fi since 'Them!'). Ed Wood bring to cinema a, beloved by few and hated by others, trash cult classic 'it's so bad that it's good', directed with stunning incompetence, but widely notorious, celebrated or appalling. Fresh.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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