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Friday, February 26, 2016

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

This one falls into the "so bad it's good" category. Edward D. Wood Jr. has always had a reputation for being the worst director ever. However, I would nominate Michael Bay for that honor. Bay just has a bigger budget to work with!  Who else but Ed Wood could come up with a movie that incorporates space ships, vampires and zombies into one film? Sure, the dialogue is stiff and the sets are poorly constructed but, somehow, this only makes the film more endearing to me. [Why is there a tesla coil on a space ship? I'm just asking the question.]
The plot involves space aliens who try to take over the earth by resurrecting the dead who begin attacking the living. [Follow me so far?] It's up to our hero, Jeff Trent, a fearless airline pilot, to save the world as well as his wife from their evil "Plan 9." [The suspense is killing me!]
The cast includes Bela Lugosi [in his last, are arguably worst, performance on screen. It's a shame that drug addiction ruined his career], Vampira [with her impossibly slender waist] and Tor Johnson [a wrestler turned actor with considerably LESS acting skills than The Rock] as the undead. It's not a scary film but it will make you laugh and keep you thoroughly entertained. My favorite line from the film comes from actress Mona McKinnon who plays Paula Trent: "Now, don't you worry. The saucers are up there. The graveyard is out there. But I'll be locked up safely in there." Priceless!

A remake of the film was released in 2015 and is said to be an homage to the original. However, I've seen the trailer and it looks like they simply upped the gore and left out the campy spirit of the original film. Just what we need, another mindless gorefest for the masses. BORING! I'll stick with the original.

RATING: Very Good [Due to Wood's exuberance for filmmaking.]
Download a copy of the film from Archive.org
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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