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Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 22 July 1959 (USA)
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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)  »

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Grave Robbers from Outer Space  »

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$60,000 (estimated)
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Although some saw the insertion of footage of the recently deceased Bela Lugosi into the film as exploitation, in his autobiography Edward D. Wood Jr. saw it as a homage to the actor. In the last few years of his life, Lugosi had become a firm friend of the director. See more »

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Eros forces the heroes to look out the window of the spaceship to see the Clay ghoul. One window shows gray mist; the window beside it shows complete darkness. In neither window can the Ghoul Man be seen. See more »

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Aspiring film makers take note
19 February 2004 | by (Columbus, OH) – See all my reviews

For anyone that wants to make movies, Plan 9 is a must see. Not for it's lush style, great dialogue, fabulous production design, nor for the compelling performances given by the players. It doesn't have any of that. What it does have though, is poor production design, continuity gaps you can drive a space shuttle through, and writing that's so bad, it's amazing anyone had the nerve to show it. That is what makes it a must see.

Ed Wood, Jr. was not talented, but he was determined. He did something that many extremely talented people have not done. He got it released. He wrote it, produced it and directed it. When his star, Bela Lugosi, died during filming, he still finished it. Not just this one either, he put out several films, and not one of them is any good.

So for all of you aspiring Scorseses or Spielbergs, when the world gets you down, and you just don't know how you can get it done, when you feel like you've lost it, pop in "Plan 9". I bet you'll feel better.


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