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Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mona McKinnon ...
Duke Moore ...
Carl Anthony ...
Paul Marco ...
Dudley Manlove ...
Joanna Lee ...
John Breckinridge ...
David De Mering ...
Norma McCarty ...
Bill Ash ...
Lynn Lemon ...
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22 July 1959 (USA)  »

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Grave Robbers from Outer Space  »

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$60,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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At the time of the film's creation, David De Mering was the personal secretary and alleged lover of fellow cast member Bunny Breckinridge; his inclusion in the cast was probably a result of this association. See more »


Tor Johnson's character, a police detective, is called "Inspector Dan Clay". Although San Francisco and a few other cities use the title "Inspector" for their detectives, virtually every police department in California - and in Los Angeles, Burbank and San Fernando, where this was filmed - uses the title "Detective". See more »


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The worst, and therefore one of the best, movies of all time
10 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poor poor Plan 9: So bad people just watch it to laugh about how bad it is, yet this fundamental flaw pushes it above bad movies, and so it's stuck in between the bottom 100, and well, no where near the top 250...

Anyway, back to the movie. It is as bad as you've no doubt heard. The scene changes from night to day to night, the spaceship is a hubcap (you can see the string it hangs from catch on fire at one point), I could do a better job acting, etc. ad nauseum. But it takes a hell of a lot to be almost universally considered the worst movie of all time, and here is Plan 9's true strength. There are many horrible of movies, but most of them are so bad because they are too bad to be truly bad, and therefore sink into mediocrity. Plan 9, however, has no redeeming quality's, and so it stands out. Few will recognise a movie such as "The Medallion," but every movie-goer knows Plan 9.

As I said before, it takes a hell of a lot to be the worst. Because of this, Plan 9 is some of the most fun you'll EVER have watching a movie. Almost every scene is so bad I broke out laughing. Few other movies achieve that kind of humor, whether intentional or not. For that I give it a very intentional 10/10.

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