Plan 9 From Outer Space

A movie still from the opening credits to the movie plan 9 from outer space

Unspeakable Horrors From Outer Space Paralyze the Living and Resurrect the Dead!

Where to begin? If you’ve never heard of Plan 9 from Outer Space, and you like bad sci-fi, you are in for a treat. This is the uber-mother kahuna of bad sci-fi movies. It’s regularly ranked as the worst, which is kind of odd because until 1980 or so most people had never heard of it. I guess you could call it a sleeper stinker.

First, the star of the movie, Bela Lugosi, seemed like a great choice. The Hungarian actor was world-famous for his portrayal of bad guys. But that was back in the day, and by the time Director Ed Wood found Lugosi, he was a heroin addict and suffering miserably. Wood could work around this, though, and captured a lot of stock footage of Lugosi in preparation for several movies. But Lugosi died in the middle of Plan 9, so in parts of the movie the bad guy is played by Lugosi and parts of the movie the bad guy is played by some other guy who looks nothing like Lugosi.

If this wasn’t bad enough, the special effects were, well, “extra” special. Like pie plates being used for UFOs, or cardboard props that are obviously fake. The plot-line is ridiculous, the acting bad, and the ending makes no sense. Other than that? It was a really bad movie. Amazon has a pretty good deal on the DVD, and there’s a BluRay available. For those who collect really bad sci-fi, this one is definitely a keeper!

Plan 9 From Outer Space is so famously bad that there’s a documentary about it and even a movie about Ed Wood’s life directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp.

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