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Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 22 July 1959 (USA)
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Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living, our lives are in danger.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jeff Trent
Mona McKinnon ... Paula Trent
Duke Moore ... Lt. Harper
... Col. Edwards
Carl Anthony ... Patrolman Larry
Paul Marco ... Patrolman Kelton
... Inspector Clay
Dudley Manlove ... Eros
Joanna Lee ... Tanna
John Breckinridge ... Ruler
... Gen. Roberts
David De Mering ... Danny
Norma McCarty ... Edith
Bill Ash ... Captain
Lynn Lemon ... Reverend (as Reverend Lynn Lemon)
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Storyline

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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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film was shot in late 1956 and copyrighted in 1957. It took almost three years to find a distributor who would handle it. See more »

Goofs

When the stewardess is talking to the two pilots in the cockpit, the position of the clipboard she holds changes significantly between each cut - some eight or nine times. See more »

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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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Spoofed in Plan 10 from Outer Space (1995) See more »

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Dark of the Moon
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Music by Franz Mahl (pseudonym of George S. Chase)
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Edward D. Wood, Jr. was a genius.
5 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

IMHO, Plan 9 is a fantastic film. Sure, it's completely ridiculous, and everything is cheap and nasty with no thought for quality of set design, special effects or really anything that happens in front of the camera- but that's what makes it so special. It's the ultimate corny, silly 50's sci-fi/laughable horror movie.

I watched this film after seeing Tim Burton's biographical film Ed Wood, who wrote, directed and produced Plan 9 from Outer Space. Having "seen" the hilarious making of Plan 9 while watching Ed Wood meant watching the real Plan 9 was immensely enjoyable, as you could pick up on all the arcane humour from Tim Burton's great film.

Be sure to watch the documentary "Flying Saucers over Hollywood: The Plan 9 Companion" which is on the Plan 9 DVD. While it probably rates as the worst documentary of all time (bad sound, bad lighting, bad jokes, and more...) it has interviews with the real Vampira and other cast and crew from Plan 9. A must for Plan 9/Ed Wood fans.


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