Sunday, February 28, 2010

Movies... For Free! Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

Showcasing classic movies that have fallen out of copyright and are available freely from the public domain (with streaming video!)...

Plan 9 From Outer Space, 1959.

Directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr.
Starring Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson, Dudley Manlove, Vampira and Bela Lugosi.

Ed Wood's farcical sci-fi horror Plan 9 From Outer Space is routinely cited as the worst film ever to grace the screen, although its multitude of goofs, continuity problems, cheesey effects, absurd dialogue and no-budget set design have seen it gain cult status as one of the best unintentional comedies around.

Originally conceived as a vehicle to promote as Bela Lugosi's final film (the actor had died in 1956 after shooting a few minutes of footage with Woods for a horror entitled Tomb of the Vampire), the plot surrounds an alien plan (number nine, naturally) to resurrect Earth's dead as zombies. Lugosi makes only a fleeting appearance (with the remainder of his role filled out by 'lookalike' Tom Mason a.k.a. Ghoul Man with Cape Over Face) - while the cast also features Woods' regulars The Amazing Criswell and Tor Johnson alongside 50s TV horror personality Vampira.

Since being popularised in the 1980s Plan 9 has been used as the basis for an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and featured prominently in Tim Burton's biopic Ed Wood (1994), while a couple of remakes - Plan 9 and Grave Robbers From Outer Space (the film's original title) - are also in the works.

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