Plan 9 From Outer Space [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Sometimes a movie achieves such legendary status that it can't quite live up to its reputation. Plan 9 from Outer Space is not one of these movies. It is just as magnificently terrible as you've heard. Plan 9 is the story of space aliens who try to conquer the Earth through resurrection of the dead. Psychic Criswell narrates ("Future events such as these will affect you in the future!") as police rush through the cemetery, occasionally clipping the cardboard tombstones in their zeal to find the source of the mysterious goings-on. More than just a bad film, Plan 9 is something of a one- stop clearinghouse for poor cinematic techniques: The time shifts whimsically from midnight to afternoon sun, Tor Johnson flails desperately in an attempt to rise from his coffin, and flying saucers zoom past on clearly visible strings. Fading star Bela Lugosi tragically died during filming, but such a small hurdle could not stop writer-producer-director Ed Wood. Lugosi is ingeniously replaced with a man who holds a cape across his face and might as well have "NOT BELA LUGOSI" stamped on his forehead. Plan 9 is so sweetly well- intentioned in both its message and its execution that it's impossible not to love it. And if you don't, well, as Eros says, "You people of Earth are idiots!" --Ali Davis
Everyone, by the way, seems to agree about the fact that, for one reason or another, this film MUST absolutely be seen. --Paolo Casiddu
The merits of this incredible film have not been exaggerated... Worth watching nine times. --Michael Weldon, the Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film
So mesmerizingly awful it actually improves (so to speak) with each viewing. And remember: it's all based on sworn testimony! --Leonard Maltin
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