Plan 9 from Outer Space
Reviewed by Gord Pratt
Rating: 10 Beans
reetings, my friends. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember, my friends, future events such as these will affect you in the future."
So starts the cinematic masterpiece that is PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE.
PLAN 9, as you likely already know, was directed by the incomparable Edward D. Wood Jr. Often considered his crowning achievment, PLAN 9 is hailed internationally as the worst movie ever made.
It is also the best worst movie I've ever seen.
Unlike MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE, which can inflict actual pain and suffering on it's viewers, PLAN 9 is full of fun and frolic. Witness the constantly changing police car! Watch night and day interchange with every new shot! See Ed himself attend the Old Man's funeral! Hear such classic lines as: "Visits? That would indicate visitors!" and "Inspector Clay is dead! Murdered! And someone's responsible!"
Ohh, PLAN 9 has it all! Things to watch for:
*Stock footage. Don't worry, you can't miss it!
*Gravestones flap in the wind and topple over.
*Bela Lugosi's replacement, Tom Mason (Ed's wife's chiropractor) is significantly taller than Lugosi, and plays the part with a cape covering his face.
*The white patio furniture moves from the porch to the bedroom.
*The police treat their guns like the props they are.
The errors and inconsistancies in the filming alone take up more time to discuss than the problems with the plot. Almost nothing about this movie was done right. But because it's so obvious, because it's so laughable, because it's done with such sincerity, PLAN 9 remains my favorite bad movie of all time. And I know many others feel the same way. If you haven't seen PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE yet, don't deprive yourself a minute longer. Rent it tonight. And remember: "They're up there, the graveyard's out there, and you'll be in there."
An excellent companion film: ED WOOD (1994) directed by Tim Burton and written by Rudolph Grey, author of Ed's biography. A good movie that provides endless insight into, and trivia about, Ed's life and filmography.
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