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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).

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Writer:
Edward D. Wood Jr. (written by)
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Release Date:
22 July 1959 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Unspeakable Horrors From Outer Space Paralyze The Living And Resurrect The Dead! See more »
Plot:
Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb). Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (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
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
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
Kirk 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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Runtime:
79 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
Edward D. Wood Jr. always claimed that Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) was his pride and joy.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Day changes to night and back and forth in the same scene, many times.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Lugosi: The Forgotten King (1985) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Lynch FeverSee more »

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90 out of 108 people found the following review useful.
Mad Genius or just Mad?, 31 May 2005
Author: wbcamera from CA

Plan 9 was made during the hysteria of Macarthyism. For this reason, there was a myriad of "invisible invaders" movies that permeated the landscape at the time Wood created this movie. While the script is flawed, the storyline one-dimensional, the special effects non-existent, stock footage galore, and the acting as cardboard as they come, this movie blends these aspects together in spectacular fashion. Had this movie had Tim Burton or the Zucker brothers names attached, and been released 20 or more years later, this movie might be considered one of the greatest spoofs ever made. There is so much to get caught up in, and so many different things to hit the rewind button for, that it may take upwards of 2 hours to get through this short film. This film is bad, but it could be argued that this film was created to be bad! From cut shots that move from midnight to midday and back again, to mattresses readily apparent as fall-aways, to the ever-popularly sighted man in the cape covering his face from the camera, this film has more Easter Eggs in it to search for than Oliver Stone has conspiracies.

We sometimes forget that films are created to be enjoyable. We don't always need to have to ponder the meaning of existence after every feature. This is a film from within the era is seeks to mock. Every cliché is used. It's not quite a horror film, and yet holds some of the well-worn clichés of the genre. Same for the Sci-Fi genre. This is a film that rises above it's own limitations to entrench itself upon the cinematic landscape it seeks to make fun of. Remember, this is Ed Wood's idea of the greatest film he could create.

This film has to be listed among mandatory viewing for anyone aspiring to work with the industry, as it is a mockery of both the big budget as well as the independent spirit.

This is one film you will not soon forget, and for all the right reasons. Is it right to be so wrong? Or is it wrong to be so right? Is this film a great parody? A masterpiece of a spoof? Or was it genuinely trying to be as good as it possibly could? This is all up to debate. The fact remains, your time viewing this film will seldom be thought of as a supreme waste.

A masterpiece? Maybe. The worst film of all time? Absolutely not.

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