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Plan 9 From Outer Space (Full Screen Special Edition)
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon September 4, 2011
Flying saucers are spotted over Los Angeles and some recently-buried folks have risen from their graves to frighten the locals. Terror ensues!

Not really, of course. This film has consistently been voted "Worst Movie Ever Made" and really is horrendous. It looks like a sci-fi film your sixth-grader wrote and filmed over a weekend. Director Ed Wood was never daunted by a lack of talent or money, he just loved making movies; this one would be fun for a Halloween party viewing with friends who enjoy a good laugh.

The plot is negligible, the script is terrible, the actors can't act, and the special effects are a joke. Oh, and the star, Bela Lugosi, was actually dead by the time the movie was made (Wood created it based on some incidental footage he made of the former "Dracula" just before his demise).

The movie has no redeeming qualities beyond camp silliness unless you think kindly of Ed Wood and understand the unbridled joy that movie-making brought him. I give the movie 1 star but the fun factor earns a whopping 5 stars. An excellent documentary is included in the Extras.
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There are several packages of Plan 9. I have a few my self including an earlier release contains 40 minute documentary "The Ed Wood Story" featuring interviews with Johnny Depp, Martin Landay, Dolores Fuller, Vampira, Bela Lugosi Jr., and Johnny Legend.

Plan 9 is an operating system that is designed to replace UNIX. Oh yeah It is also a movie.

"Future Events Such As These Will Affect You In The Future!"

Due to their inability to make friendly contact with the earth government the aliens on the first 8 plans they must resort to Plan nine. This basically consists of reanimating the dead to become their army of conquest. Will the plan work?

Due to low budget and the unfortunate early demise of Bela, Ed Woods has to resort to his Plan 9. You will notice that a lot of the scenes are done with curtains. Does his plan work?

This would be a one star movie but because this is a must see to be culturally literate I gave it three stars.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon August 10, 2004
There are several packages of Plan 9. I have a few my self including this one ASIN: 630546666. This DVD also contains 40 minute documentary "The Ed Wood Story" featuring interviews with Johnny Depp, Martin Landay, Dolores Fuller, Vampira, Bela Lugosi Jr., and Johnny Legend.

Plan 9 is an operating system that is designed to replace UNIX. Oh yeah It is also a movie.

"Future Events Such As These Will Affect You In The Future!"

Due to their inability to make friendly contact with the earth government the aliens must resort to Plan nine. This basically consists of reanimating the dead to become their army of conquest. Will the plan work?

Due to low budget and the unfortunate early demise of Bela, Ed Woods has to resort to his Plan 9. You will notice that a lot of the scenes are done with curtains. Does his plan work?

This would be a one star movie but because this is a must see to be culturally literate I gave it three stars.
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on June 21, 2004
Also known as "Grave Robbers From Outer Space", Edward D. Wood's masterpiece of horrific filmmaking has been called the "worst movie ever made" by more than a few critics and movie fans. This hasn't kept this unintentially hilarious sci-fi dud from becoming a massive cult classic. And rightfully so. Ed Wood's art for making movies so bad that they're actually good has never been more apparent than it is here.
"Plan 9" revolves around a couple of space invaders in bad suits who fly around in spaceships on strings and resurrect the recently dead to haunt the inhabits of a small town where it seems to go back and forth from night to day a lot. The humans aren't having it though as a joint team of the local police, military, and an overacting airline pilot refuse to be terrorized by the undead creatures (who can't decide whether they're ghouls or vampires). But these visitors from a badly-drawn planet resembling Saturn have their own intentions. They're hear to warn us of a new solar-powered weapon that the Earth will eventually create and wipe out the universe. But our heroes aren't going down without a fight. They've got enough army movie stock footage to send them aliens back where they came from.
What makes "Plan 9" so entertainingly terrible? Where do I start? There's the overly-descriptive narration of Criswell who practically gives play-by-play for every action in the film. You've got Bela Lugosi who appears courtesy of silent footage recorded before his death and with the help of a stand-in who looks nothing like him. And who could forget those cooky cops who don't allow the discovery of their Captain's horrifying death to damper their moods any? Also there's Duke Moore's hards-as-nails detective who fearlessly uses his gun to fix his hat when necessary.From the bargain basement graveyard chalk full of cardboard headstones to the hungry young overactors spitting out silly dialouge, "Plan 9" is truly the "Citizen Kane of bad movies".
For those looking to pick this gem up on DVD, the Image edition is the only way to go. Not only is the picture the best that it's ever looked but it comes with a feature-length documentary, "Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The Plan 9 Companion" and the trailer for the movie. Avoid the Passport version which has a company logo imprinted in the bottom corner similiar to the ones that TV networks use.
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on December 17, 2003
Trust me, this movie is everything you've ever heard and beyond. It's filmed in two different places (completly random), so the setting goes from day-night-day and then!!! night again, followed by day. All of that took place in 10 min. both in real life and movie time.
One of my absolute favorite part had to be when the saucer appeared in the sky on a wire and everyone in a passing car dramiticly points at it, in unisin. Is that a great movie or what.
The "hard core" detective completly earns the name captain obious. Oh, and be sure to watch the part when the police officer is trying to kneel on a tombstone, and repeatedly almost falls over. It's in the bottom left corner. Some other things to look for are the cars passing by in the background durring the day. They don't seem to mind zombies comming after them. There's a great World War clip. If you miss it the first time, don't worry, it comes back. thrice.
In short, even though this movie is painful to watch, and most just keep watching it, hoping it gets better (it doesn't), I can almost promise you you'll talk about it. Good movie if you're bored out of you mind.
Enjoy
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on June 12, 2002
PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE represents a real challenge for serious reviewers. Truly it is a god-awful movie that is characterized by abysmal acting, scripting, directing, and the cheesiest of special effects. Having said that, I now distinguish PLAN 9 from other horrendously poor movies which ought never see the light of day. Films of this latter category, CALIGULA comes to mind, are marked with more than just the shortcomings noted above. These movies are truly painful to watch as they desensitize the audience with the utter seriousness of cast, crew, and director, all of whom collaborate to produce a film that holds any viewer in total contempt. Movies like PLAN 9 or ROBOT MONSTER are fun to watch. Not even a low-intelligence viewer can possibly take seriously Bela Lugosi's chiropractor who held a black cape across his face to hide the absence caused by Lugosi's unfortunate death. Further,for a movie to be bad enough to be good, that movie must have some truly oddball characters. PLAN 9 has its share: Tor Johnson, the behemoth ex-wrestler who staggers about the set with the same twisted grin that he used before bodyslamming an opponent in the ring; Vampira, the tiny-waisted sexpot who radiated all the fake menace of a Holloween body suit; and then the immortal Dudley Manlove, who boasted of a new weapon that could destroy the universe. Most reviewers go into some detail about the plot and how the actors interact with each other and with the audience. With films like PLAN 9, no mention of plot is needed. All the viewer needs to know is that this category of film requires its own value system. And perhaps that is the inner lesson toward which director Ed Wood subconsciously if not hilariously groped: that a multitude of conditions requires a multitude of responses. Sort of like life itself.
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on January 15, 2002
As bad as it is, Ed Wood's magnum opus has stretches of mere mediocrity. A conversation in the Pentagon between a U.S. general and his colonel even demonstrates some degree of cinematic competency in the shot/counter shot editing of the dialogue exchange. The problem is that the two actors have nothing to say that isn't redundant or superfluous to the story. In other words, Wood constantly buys time by throwing in all sorts of filler material, atrociously written narration and dialogue, and repeated information (voice-over narration announces an action, we see the action, the voice-over narration tells us we've see the action). Indeed, it's hard to explain the devotion of a director such as Tim Burton to a director who is so stage-bound, so theatrical, so content to shoot an unedited scene with 5 talking heads. The fun begins whenever Wood attempts a cut--a perfunctory film device that in Woods' hands is an event commensurate to excuting a risky diving maneuver from the high platform. The sight relays never quite match, the timing is always slightly off, the lighting and grain of the second shot is inconsistent with the second.
For the film student, these more subtle foibles are potentially instructive--a manual of what to avoid when making a film. For the average viewer, they can be tedious and boring. The more casual viewer is apt to be more entertained by the improbable set designs, the amateur acting which is frequently justaposed with an overly slick narrator or a Lawrence Olivier-sounding alien, the contrast between the 17-inch waist of Vampira and the 27" neck of Tor Johnson, the confusing gaps in a narrative so full of static and redundant material and, last but not least, the audacity or arrogance that allowed Wood to assume the untimely death of Bela Lugosi could be readily compensated for by having a substitute actor walk cluelessly through the film with his face hidden behind a cape.
The film is mercifully short (though it may not seem so). And one thing Wood does get right is the sound. Whereas many of today's most competently directed films contain numerous spoken lines that are mumbled, poorly miked and unintelligible, Wood seems to take extra pains to insure we hear each and every word of his original script. In this single instance, unfortunately, Woods' reknowned incompetence does not rise to the occasion.
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on January 14, 2001
Average that out, and you get three stars. "Plan Nine from Outer Space" must be seen to be believed; it can best be described as a combination of utter incompetence and swaggering assurance. Everything you have heard about it is true: the wobbling tombstones, the spray-painted paper plates masquerading as spaceships, the scenes that can't even match day and night, the tall blond stand-in for Bela Lugosi, the stiff and pompous performances, the ridiculously tin-eared dialogue ("We have tried to contact the Earthlings. They refuse our existence!"). Only a director with an unshakable belief in his own star could could put such complete, festering dreck on the screen with such a straight face--which makes "Plan Nine from Outer Space" one of the great laff riots of all time. One writer once described Ed Wood as having all the attributes of genius except talent; in all the annals of art, I can think of only one other figure that resembles him--the Scottish poet William McGonagall, another guaranteed laff riot. I hope that, somewhere in a particularly goofy corner of Heaven, Ed Wood is shooting a William McGonagall script. The angels must be busting a gut!
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on December 30, 1999
A funny thing about this film is the way people who have seen it often mention the imbecilic dialogue. One of my favourite bits is when a man makes a comment to his friend about modern women. "Yeah", the friend agrees, "They've been like that all through the ages."
If you're looking for the terror and special effects of "War of the Worlds" you won't find it here. This horror film will make you cringe and laugh. A race of aliens, angry that we've ignored their messages, have come to Earth to make us pay for our insolence. They use Plan 9 to bring three corpses back to life, presumably as an advance invasion party.
The scariest thing about this film is that Ed Wood might have been right about alien intelligence. What if it turns out that aliens really are a race of preachy twits who look like us? All that money that other directors spent on special effects would have been wasted!
When the leading man first saw the script for this film he thought that a seven year-old child could have written better dialogue. Vampira was so embarassed by it she wouldn't say any lines. Bela Lugosi was dead so he couldn't say any lines. The more times you see this film the more mistakes you notice. There's too many to mention here, but they glare right at you.
If you love really bad movies, then see this one. Afterwards you should see Phil Tucker's "Robot Monster" and try to work out which one is worse.
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on January 11, 2003
This is said to be the worst film ever made. Those of you buying this film, without realisng this fact are in for a shock.
There's whole web-sites dedicated to this turkey that's so bad, it's got cult status. There was one site that listed all the faults in this film (and there's hundreds); such as people get into a car and it's daytime, you see them drive along and it's night, and when they get out, it's daytime again. Either they had no one checking continuity or that's one hell of a long drive!
The special FX are terrible, as are the sets... the interior of the space-ship has a curtain for a door, and a desk for a control console.
The plot? Aliens come to earth to resurect the undead. Bela Lugosi has a small role in this (I think he died during the making of it).
Anyway, I bought this as a tape, brand new for only ..., so if you really want it, don't pay so much!
I bought it, just to see what all the fuss was about. I gave the tape away.
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