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Plan 9 from Outer Space -- Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop human kind from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb).
Plan 9 from Outer Space -- Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop human kind from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb).
Plan 9 from Outer Space -- Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop human kind from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb).
Plan 9 from Outer Space -- Plan 9 From Outer Space: Collector's Edition is the ultimate film for fans of Ed Wood, Jr. Known affectionately as the worst film ever made by the worst director ever made, it is a true cult classic among horror fans.


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22 July 1959 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Walcott ... Jeff Trent
Mona McKinnon ... Paula Trent
Duke Moore ... Lieutenant Harper

Tom Keene ... Colonel Edwards
Carl Anthony ... Patrolman Larry
Paul Marco ... Patrolman Kelton

Tor Johnson ... Inspector Clay
Dudley Manlove ... Eros
Joanna Lee ... Tanna
John Breckinridge ... Ruler

Lyle Talbot ... General Roberts
David De Mering ... Danny
Norma McCarty ... Edith
Bill Ash ... Captain
Lynn Lemon ... Reverend (as Reverend Lynn Lemon)
Ben Frommer ... Man
Gloria Dea ... Girl
Conrad Brooks ... Policeman

Vampira ... Vampire Girl

Bela Lugosi ... Ghoul Man (archive footage)
Criswell ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Donald A. Davis ... Drunk (uncredited)
Johnny Duncan ... Second Stretcher Bearer (uncredited)
Karl Johnson ... Farmer Calder (uncredited)
Tom Mason ... Ghoul Man with Cape Over Face (uncredited)
J. Edward Reynolds ... Gravedigger (uncredited)
Clay Stone ... Mourner Reading Bible in Opening Scene (uncredited)
Hugh Thomas Jr. ... Gravedigger (uncredited)

Edward D. Wood Jr. ... Man Holding Newspaper (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward D. Wood Jr. 
Writing credits
Edward D. Wood Jr. (written by)

Produced by
Charles Burg .... associate producer
J. Edward Reynolds .... executive producer
Hugh Thomas Jr. .... associate producer
Edward D. Wood Jr. .... producer
Cinematography by
William C. Thompson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edward D. Wood Jr. 
Makeup Department
Tom Bartholomew .... makeup artist
Harry Thomas .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Vampira .... Vampira makeup (uncredited)
Production Management
Willard Kirkham .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Willard Kirkham .... assistant director
Art Department
Tom Kemp .... set constructor
Tony Portoghese .... property master
Harry Reif .... set dresser
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dale Knight .... sound
Sam Kopetzky .... sound mixer: pickups (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Charles Duncan .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Art Mankin .... grip (as Art Manikin)
Larry Smith .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Chaney .... wardrobe (as Dick Chaney)
Music Department
Gordon Zahler .... music supervisor
Emil Ascher .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Karl Johnson .... picture vehicles (uncredited)
Other crew
Donald A. Davis .... production assistant
Diana N. Loomis .... script supervisor
Jim Woods .... electrical effects
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79 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Canada:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | Italy:T | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #18451) | West Germany:16
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The narrator at some point starts claiming that "we" (the filmmakers) are bringing to light the full story and evidence of fateful events, based on the "secret testimony" of the survivors. The lines seem to emulate the style of sensational headlines in newspapers, and promise the audiences access to "lurid secrets" as if following the example of "True Confessions" and other similar magazines. The notion that a film or show could be based on true incidents and testimony would be familiar to a 1950s audience, because it was used in contemporary police procedurals such as "Dragnet".See more »
Revealing mistakes: In one scene someone trips over a tombstone and causes it to wobble.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...
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150 out of 161 people found the following review useful.
Thoroughly Inept But Quite Watchable, 20 June 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

While it thoroughly deserves its reputation as a film only worth seeing so that you can enjoy its remarkably amateurish production, on the other hand it seems a bit unfair to label "Plan 9 From Outer Space" as the worst film ever made. Most of it is quite watchable, it's not at all offensive, and the story - utterly ridiculous as it is - moves fairly quickly, and gives you some reasons to stick around to the end. Those qualities put it well ahead of a great many movies that cost a lot more to make and that involved many more recognizable names than you'll find in this cast.

To be sure, almost everything about it is of amazingly poor quality, from the incompetent directing and acting to the slipshod special effects to the dialogue that produces countless unintentional laughs. The story is goofy, and uses ideas and devices that lack credibility even by sci-fi standards. Everyone who watches it has their own list of favorite examples of this film's complete ineptitude.

If you have any interest in old movies, you should see this if you have the chance, as long as you can do so without paying for the privilege. It says something that so many viewers are still talking about it over 40 years after it was made, which is a lot more than will ever be said about most of the movies you could see in a theater today. Whether you will ever want to watch it again is an entirely different question, although there are those who have managed to enjoy watching this several times. Take a look for yourself and see what you think about this classic example of inept film-making.

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