Plan 9 From Outer Space
Releasese year: 1959
Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Screenwriter: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Starring: Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore, Tom Keene, Tor Johnson, Maila Nurmi, Bela Lugosi, Criswell
Evil aliens attack earth and set to motion their ‘Plan 9’, resurrecting the dead. Lives are in danger as a group of law enforcement fight against the threat.
Wood (Bride of the Monster, 1955) is notoriously known for having made some of the very worst movies of movie history. Some of them are bad in a way which gives them great entertaining value. This is not one of them. A frame story starring famous predictor Criswell is followed up by him boringly narrate as good as the entire movie. If you talk about Wood’s movies and someone mentions ‘the boring one with the constant narration’, there is a good chance it is this. It is a crying shame that this should be the last work of the legendary Lugosi (Dracula, 1931), but he appears only in the beginning as he died during filming. The rest of the movie is a poor lookalike holding the cape in front of his head to hide the fact he isn’t Lugosi. As if the lack of acting wouldn’t tell. Because Lugosi is in fact one of the things that rises many of Wood’s movies to entertaining flicks, the screen presence of the Hungarian actor evident despite poor quality. The best to be said of Wood is his resurrection of Lugosi’s career in his final year, the worst is probably this boring turd of a movie.
Contrary to popular belief, the detective who points his gun at himself several times did so deliberately. The actor was actually testing director Edward D. Wood Jr. to see if he would notice. He didn’t.