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Plan 9 from Outer Space
Grave Robbers from Space

USA 1959
produced by
Ed Wood, J. Edward Reynolds (executive) for D.C.A.
directed by Ed Wood
starring Tor Johnson, Vampira (= Maila Nurmi), Bela Lugosi, Tom Keene, Gregory Walcott, Dudley Manlove, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore, Joanna Lee, John Breckinridge (= Bunny Breckinridge), Lyle Talbot, Paul Marco, Criswell, Carl Anthony, Norma McCarty, Conrad Brooks, Tom Mason, David DeMering, Bill Ash, J. Edward Reynolds, Rev. Lyn Lemon, Don Davis
written by Ed Wood, music supervised by Gordon Zahler

Plan 9 from Outer Space, Kelton the Cop

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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The wife of an old man (Bela Lugosi) dies, & he is so overcome by grief that he dies in an accident the morning after her funeral ... All this would of course not be of any fuerther consequence wouldn't have some space aliens picked the very graveyard where the 2 are buried for their experiments in resurrecting the dead, & wouldn't they have picked esactly the old man & his wife (Vampira) as their first victims.

The next day, 2 gravediggers are found dead, & the police comes to invetigate, noticing there's something very sinister going on .... but despite the brooding cemetary-atmosphere poice captain Clay (Tor Johnson) wanders off on his own, & soon he is killed by the undead couple & raised from the death himself.

The government figures that certain UFO-sightings made by pilot Jeff (Gregory Walcott) somehow tie in with the cemetary killings, but army top brass tries to hush it all up ... despite the fact that soon UFO's are sighted everywhere & the army shoots half its ammonition at them - unsuccessfully of course.

But since Jeff lives near the very cemetary the aliens have picked as their homebase with his wife Paula (Mona McKinnon), he & polite Lt. Harper (Duke Moore) & army Colonel Edwards (Tom Keene) embark on an expedition to the graveyard & soon find a big UFO hidden behind some bushes.

When they enter it, they are confronted with aliens Eros (Dudley Manlove) & Tanna (Joanna Lee), who - rather arrogantly - tell them that mankind, with their development of ever more destructive weapons, has become a danger for the universe, & since they will one day build the solar bomb, they have to be destroyed before destroying the universe ... & to destroy humankind for them, the aliens have deviced a plan (plan 9) to revive the dead ...

Jeff however can't stand if someone mocks American bombs (what ?) & starts a fistfight. Soon our earthlings start duking & shooting it ot with the aliens until the UFO catches fire. The humans get off, while the aliens try to take off to their space station but the UFO explodes only halfway there ...

John Bunny Breckinridge plays the leader of the aliens, Paul Marco gives another incredibly unfunny performance as the Ed Woodian comic reliefe Kelton the cop.

 


Allegedly the worst movie of the world - a view I strongly disapprove -, Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space is indeed full of inconsistencies, largely due to an effect-laden script that would have demanded much more money than Wood - despite his best efforts - could come up with, & due to the premature death of one of its leads (& the movie's main selling point), Bela Lugosi (who was in many scenes doubled by Tom Mason, covering his face with his cape - like Lugosi himself did in some of his earlier vampire movies).

Due to a lack of budget, many of the films effects had to be improvised on the spot, like hubcaps on (clearly visible) fishing lines doubling as UFO's, the sets wouldn't necessarily look realistic (like a shoddy airplane cockpit made up mainly of a shower curtain, the exetremely unconvincing graveyard, & the totally unimpressive UFO interiors), & many of Lugosi's scenes were poorly incorporated into the rest of the footage.

However, what makes Plan 9 from Outer Space such a timeless classic nevertheless is the enthusiasm Wood has put into a project that was doomed from the start, his genuine love for the genre, & his undaunted conviction that he was not just making another piece of drive-in drivel but a work of (pulp-)art, which all clearly translates onto screen.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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