Itâ€™s probably a bit of a stretch to say that Plan 9 from Outer Space is the worst movie ever made â€“ not in a world with Uwe Boll and Troma films. Still, itâ€™s not difficult to see how director Ed Wood’s disasterpiece earned that reputation. This is a bad movie. At points, it is so bad itâ€™s good. But for the most part, it is just bad.
The movie is the story of a half-baked alien plot to resurrect the dead to convince Earth people of the existence of aliens, or take over, or both (itâ€™s kind of unclear) and to stop them from discovering how to make sunlight explode and thereby destroy the universe (yes, really).
This story is told in voiceover, through lots of exposition by the characters and with a few weak action scenes. We do get some dead people wandering around â€“ one of them, Tor Johnson, is actually even kind of menacing â€“ and occasionally attacking people, but we get a lot more talking: poorly written, terribly acted, interminable talking. And then the occasional terrible effects sequence, including the pie plate on fire that serves as the movieâ€™s climax.
If you love bad films for their badness, there are a few laughs here. If you are interested in film history, especially zombie film history, itâ€™s worth seeing. But donâ€™t expect much in either case or youâ€™ll be disappointed.
Plan 9 from Outer Space/US/1959