Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

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Directed By Edward D. Wood Jr. Edward D. Wood Jr. Starring Mona McKinnon Mona McKinnon  •  Criswell Criswell  •  Bela Lugosi Bela Lugosi  •  Gregory Walcott Gregory Walcott  •  Duke Moore Duke Moore Genres Action Thriller  •  Action  •  Alien Invasion Films  •  Horror  •  Monster Film  •  Sci-Fi Action  •  Sci-Fi Horror  •  Science Fiction  •  Thriller  •  Zombie Film Studios &
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Release Info 1959-07-22T00:00:00Z July 22, 1959
B&W  •  79 minutes NR Rated NR
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ndreynolds

ndreynolds on 11/18/2015 Reply  · 

Part of the NO RETURN Midnight Movie series

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Eagleskywalker87

Eagleskywalker87 on 10/6/2017 Reply  · 

Watched this movie because I saw Ed Wood earlier in the week and I knew I had to set out to watch this. It's horrible in every sense of the word but it's rather funny for that. I didn't find it unbearable to watch, which is a little surprising!

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phonyfilmfan

phonyfilmfan on Nov 1 Reply  · 

It's completely inept in every technical sense of the word, but when giving it a deeper look, it honestly has a lot of good ideas that would later be used in better, more successful films (not sure how many of those films were directly inspired by this, though). The zombies for instance, feel like a perfect precursor to the ones we see from Night of the Living Dead. The idea of aliens wanting to destroy us for some sort of greater good, would go on to be used an awful lot in recent superhero films like Man of Steel and Avengers: Infinity War, for example. The way the aliens dress and act, coupled with the way the interior of their spaceship is designed, feels a bit like an early poor man's version of Star Trek. The film also doesn't get enough credit for its attempts at slipping sly but subtle humor in juxtaposition with its more "suspenseful" sequences. The jokes aren't particularly funny (not as much the unintentionally funny stuff, anyway) but still, its attempted use here deserves credit as it's become so ingrained for us as moviegoers to expect a healthy dose of subtle humor in nearly all our summer blockbusters now. Yes, I'm gonna say it, Ed Wood had talent.

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