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 ...
Reverend (as Reverend Lynn Lemon)


In California, an old man (Bela Lugosi) grieves the loss of his wife (Vampira) and on the next day he also dies. However, the space soldier Eros and her mate Tanna use an electric device to resurrect them both and the strong Inspector Clay (Tor Johnson) that was murdered by the couple. Their intention is not to conquer Earth but to stop mankind from developing the powerful bomb "Solobonite" that would threaten the universe. When the population of Hollywood and Washington DC sees flying saucers on the sky, a colonel, a police lieutenant, a commercial pilot, his wife and a policeman try to stop the aliens. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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As the screen's greatest shock star Bela Lugosi is back to haunt the Earth in a terrifying revelation of things to come! See more »


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22 July 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Grave Robbers from Outer Space  »

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$60,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Joanna Lee - who played the female alien - disowned any involvement in the film in later years. See more »


When "Vampire Girl" attacks the two gravediggers in the cemetery, she arrives just a few seconds after she's just been buried, and from a completely different direction. She should come from behind them, not the front. To be able to pull this off at all, she'd have to get out of the coffin and tunnel beneath the length of the cemetery at lightning speed. See more »


[first lines]
Criswell: Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future. You are interested in the unknown, the mysterious, the unexplainable. That is why you are here. And now, for the first time, we are bringing to you the full story of what happened on that fateful day. We are bringing you all the evidence, based only on the secret testimony ...
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References The Black Shield of Falworth (1954) See more »


Music by Van Phillips
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Deliciously inept - fantastic for those lonely nights
4 August 2002 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

What can I say! This is not a "1" or a "10" movie... and neither it deserves any grade in between. It's simply a guilty pleasure for me... watching the absurd sights... listening to the amazingly inept dialogue, worthy of George Lucas' "Episode II" (maybe it's a bit better ;), watching Bela Lugosi freeze for a couple of frames, then being replaced by someone else...

No, it's not the worst film ever made. No, it's not the best one, either. It is the testament of someone who wanted to leave his mark, made an honest effort to deliver the goods (Ed Wood, of course), and instead delivered a strange mix that works because it makes us perfectly identified with him. As in "if I made a movie, I'd surely make one as bad / good / unintentionally funny as this one".

Yep. Ed Wood is one of us. Long live "Plan 9" and his misunderstood director.

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