Dir: Ed Wood, 1956 ( Released in 1959)
Is this really the worst film ever made?
Aliens start “Plan 9” in an attempt to stop the people of earth doing…something…or other.
Immediately, the first question you ask is, “what about the first 8?”.
The truth is, Plan 9 From Outer Space is so technically inept and poor in every department that you lose track of the plot or any semblance of care.
Famous Dracula actor, Bela Lugosi, plays a main character in the film but, being a real-life heroin addict, died several days into the making.
As you can appreciate, this would cause a major setback. So, what does Ed Wood do?
Get his wife’s chiropractor to play the part, and ignore the difference in height, size and weight. Oh, and make him walk with his cape over his face.
This is what we’re dealing with, in Ed Wood’s masterpiece.
But, I’m going to defend this. Critics and viewers hate on it because it’s the thing to do.
Everything about the film is terrible, but it’s fun.
People often mention the poor special effects, but I think it’s worth remembering that all films of its time employed such tricks to achieve its aim.
The only issue is the way they’re shot. It’s obvious that hub plates are used for the UFO’s and pyjamas for the space suits but Wood wasn’t unique in it.
I’ve seen films that are a lot worse than this, in terms of effects and storytelling, but Plan 9 From Outer Space is just a piece of campy enjoyment and one, I suspect, Wood didn’t take seriously and neither should you.