Bad Movie Prowess: 9.8/10
This is my first suggested review so I have to make this one count. In the history of the movie genre there are titles that arouse deep thought and emotions from those who view them, films that transcend simple entertainment and become testaments to the human spirit. There are some films that become a legacy that we will carry in our culture for years untold. “Plan 9 From Outer Space” is not one of them, unless you are carrying on a legacy that tells how bad movies can really get.
Legendary bad director Ed Wood showcases why he deserves the title of Worst Film Maker Ever in this unbelievably bad sci-fi/horror film where aliens plan to take over the world by…..wait for it….resurrecting the dead! We are introduced to a small town in the middle of nowhere (a great place to start any world domination scheme) where we see some rejects from the Addams Family walking around a cemetery. From here, we learn that the aliens have attempted to take over the world 8 times prior, and now resort to this “plan 9” which involves re-animating corpses to do their bidding.
Great, another movie where aliens want to razz humans and take over the globe, right? Wrong! They are trying to save us from ourselves, because humans have inadvertently discovered a power source that will blow us all to kingdom come if we can’t control it properly. Rather than just give us the scoop about it with their universal translator(I have to think this was Ed Wood’s favorite idea in the movie since they have to announce they are using it every time), they plan to take us over and make sure we don’t destroy ourselves and the whole funny outfit wearing galaxy.
The movie drags on, and is wildly entertaining only when you consider that people made it and thought afterwards “that was a good days work”. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it a little bit, since I have an irrational fear of aliens and the final scene has some rednecks breaking into the alien spaceship, punching an alien in the face, and then lighting the spaceship on fire. It just screams “don’t mess with Earth”.
As the burning spaceship teeters from its string and flies off into space, the humans are left to marvel at the complexity of the alien race, and wonder if they have really heard the last from their galactic brothers. Deep.