Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

Halloween Movie #7

Synopsis: Aliens raise the dead, world’s worst filmmaker had a few clips of Bela Lugosi and a shitload of stock footage.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “This is it! The most phenomenally popular cult classic ever, the double Golden Turkey Award winner – worst picture and worst director in the entire history of motion pictures. Immortalized in celluloid by the celebrated writer/producer/director Edward D. Wood Jr. It’s all here – the famous not-so-special effects as aliens in car hop outfits invade Earth in hubcap flying saucers to implement their ninth plan of conquest (the first eight failed). This time they’ll raise the dead to conscript armies of mindless cadavers, starring the most famous lady zombie of all, Vampira, and the legendary Bela Lugosi in his swan song performance. (Sadly, he died before filming started. Happily, he was replaced by the producer’s wife’s chiropractor.)”

What Did I Learn?: It’s sometimes a good idea to shoot the same scene more than once on the off-chance an actress suppresses an on-camera snicker at the shitty dialogue you wrote.

You Might Like This Movie If: You know that anyone could write a better introduction than Ed Wood and Criswell. [My apologies - I couldn't find the whole thing].

Really?: Oh God, where do I begin?

Rating: Plan 9 From Outer Space is an interesting companion movie to Ed Wood. It’s fun to watch certain parts and think: “oh yeah – I remember Bill Murray and Johnny Depp doing that scene!” Unfortunately, the novelty quickly wears off and the viewer is left with wooden acting, irritating narration, bargain-basement special effects and a storyline that makes no sense. Plan 9 From Outer Space is painful to watch, and I cannot recommend this movie. 1/10 stars.

Would It Work For a Bad Movie Night?: I couldn’t imagine any group of friends sitting through this cinematic turkey for the full 79 minutes.

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