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Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957)

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

Director:

Edward D. Wood Jr.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Walcott ... Jeff Trent
Mona McKinnon Mona McKinnon ... Paula Trent
Duke Moore Duke Moore ... Lieutenant Harper
Tom Keene ... Colonel Edwards
Carl Anthony ... Patrolman Larry
Paul Marco ... Patrolman Kelton
Tor Johnson ... Inspector Clay
Dudley Manlove Dudley Manlove ... Eros
Joanna Lee Joanna Lee ... Tanna
John Breckinridge John Breckinridge ... Ruler
Lyle Talbot ... General Roberts
David De Mering David De Mering ... Danny
Norma McCarty Norma McCarty ... Edith
Bill Ash Bill Ash ... Captain
Lynn Lemon 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 his mate Tanna use an electric device to resurrect them both and the strong Inspector Clay who was murdered by the couple. Their intention is not to conquer Earth but to stop mankind from developing the powerful bomb "Solaranite" that would threaten the universe. When the population of Hollywood and Washington DC sees flying saucers in 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Unspeakable Horrors From Outer Space Paralyze The Living And Resurrect The Dead! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The colorization and restoration processes of later prints was conducted by Legend Films. The later added 3D process was conducted by Clint Hickman Productions. See more »

Goofs

The scenes of the military attacking the flying saucers with artillery are obviously taken from stock footage of the Korean War. You can even see the thatched huts of a Korean village in the background, even though the action is supposedly taking place in California. 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, 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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Alternate Versions

The original title, "Grave Robbers From Outer Space", was filmed and appeared on the preview print. The replacement title "Plan Nine From Outer Space" was filmed and matted over a special effects shot showing the alien space station. The original title was simply cut out and the new title footage spliced onto the negative. The footage of Criswell introducing the film as "Grave Robbers From Outer Space" was left unchanged. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Probe: Plan 10 from Outer Space (1988) See more »

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Manhunt
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Music by Van Phillips
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Aspiring film makers take note
19 February 2004 | by jew_59See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grave Robbers from Outer Space See more »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Reynolds Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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