Originally titled as Grave Robbers from Outer Space, the idea of aliens robbing graves is absurd and ludicrous. But, guess what? They have a benign intention to save the Universe. And how do they do it? By keeping earthlings busy with zombies, they can prevent humans from creating a mega-weapon that could destroy the universe.
Noticeable lapses are cheap production design characterized by cardboard sets and overuse of curtains, irrespective of whether the scene was of a house, an alien ship or a cockpit. Of them all, the cockpit was the worst with flimsy looking controls, radio tied to the suits of one of the pilots and a boom mike visible occasionally.
The movie totally lacks special effects although
was already into shooting films with
special effects. Scenes like the spaceship flying, etc., are extremely tacky. Probably it had to
with its abysmally low budget. Budgets
that are way below even B-movies, this film is a classic example of what are
called Z-grade movies. Hollywood
Making matters worse for the film are its incoherent and pointless script which wavers between being comical to silly to sometimes preachy. Repetitive footage of cars or flying saucers does get irritating after a point. Examples of poorly written dialog include “my friends, the future events will affect you in the future”
The biggest goof was to recycle stock footage of Bela Lugosi from an abandoned project ‘Tomb of the Vampire’ which was shelved after the actor’s death in 1956. This way, director Ed Wood could use Lugosi’s name in the credits to promote the movie.
A 1994 film tilted ‘Ed Wood’ was based on the life of the the director of this film. The film was directed by Tim Burton with Johnny Depp playing Ed Wood and it portrays the outlandish antics resorted to by the film crew to make Plan-9. In a way, it was this Academy Award winning film that made me curious to know more about Plan-9.
In fact, the real life director who was infamous for making low budget films was posthumously awarded the Golden Turkey Award for being the worst director ever. Another of his films ‘Glen or Glenda’ too ranks among the worst films ever made. Nevertheless, it is believed that Wood, a big fan of Orson Welles, was proud of the fact that he donned multiple hats as writer, actor, director, editor simultaneously.
Plan-9’s cult status is justified as it represents the nadir of
. But, unless someone told you, one may have
never heard of it; the movie channels ignore it too. If you
are a film afficonaido, do watch it;
at least you can say that you have seen one
of the worst movies ever made in Hollywood ’s rich cinematic history. Hollywood
Rating 1/10: Probably the worst
Hollywood film ever made!