Review: Plan 9 from Outer Space

Posted by Cory Casciato On July - 23 - 2009

plan9 It’s probably a bit of a stretch to say that Plan 9 from Outer Space is the worst movie ever made – not in a world with Uwe Boll and Troma films. Still, it’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 it’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 (it’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 – one of them, Tor Johnson, is actually even kind of menacing – 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 movie’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, it’s worth seeing. But don’t expect much in either case or you’ll be disappointed.

Plan 9 from Outer Space/US/1959

This movie was viewed as part of my second annual Zombie Movie Marathon Month — see the initial reaction piece here.

3 Responses to “Review: Plan 9 from Outer Space

  1. […] 5) Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) – I have to admit, this one made the list largely due to historical distinction and not a particularly positive one at that. See, for the longest time, director Ed Wood’s disasterpiece Plan 9 was nearly universally regarded as the worst movie ever made. As a connoisseur of terrible film, I can assure you it is not, in fact, the worst movie ever made. It is terribly inept and pretty dull, if occasionally entertaining in a dumb way. But as far as zombie films go, it’s one of the better known (and yet lesser seen) of all time. That’s got to be worth something, right? (Review Here) […]

  2. […] “most pointless pursuit ever” news, Plan 9 from Outer Space (review here) is being converted in 3D. Why? (Bloody […]

  3. […] came out at basically the same time as Plan 9 from Outer Space (review here) and it’s more or less the same movie. Aliens come to Earth and reanimate dead people in a […]

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