Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Plan 9 from Outer Space is a 1957 independently made American black-and-white science fictionhorror film, produced, written, directed, and edited by Ed Wood.

The film’s storyline concerns extraterrestrials who seek to stop humanity from creating a doomsday weapon that could destroy the universe. The aliens implement “Plan 9”, a scheme to resurrect the Earth’s dead, referred to as “ghouls“. By causing chaos, the aliens hope the crisis will force humanity to listen to them; otherwise the aliens will destroy mankind with armies of the undead. The film was originally developed under the title Grave Robbers from Outer Space, but in 1959 it was retitled Plan 9 from Outer Space and re-released under that name.

Plan 9 from Outer Space played on television in relative obscurity from 1961 until 1980, when authors Harry Medved and Michael Medved dubbed it the “worst film ever made” in their book The Golden Turkey Awards. Wood and his film were posthumously given two Golden Turkey Awards for Worst Director Ever and Worst Film Ever. It has since been retrospectively described as “the epitome of so-bad-it’s-good cinema” and has gained a large cult following.

Original release date: March 15, 1957 (as Grave Robbers From Outer Space) and July 22, 1959 (as Plan Nine From Outer Space)

Directed by Ed Wood
Written by Ed Wood
Produced by Ed Wood and J. Edward Reynolds

Cast

Gregory Walcott as Jeff Trent
Mona McKinnon as Paula Trent
Duke Moore as Lt. John Harper
Tom Keene as Col. Tom Edwards
Carl Anthony as Patrolman Larry
Paul Marco as Patrolman Kelton
Tor Johnson as Inspector Daniel Clay
Dudley Manlove as Eros
Joanna Lee as Tanna
John Breckinridge as The Ruler
Lyle Talbot as Gen. Roberts
David De Mering as Danny
Norma McCarty as Edie the stewardess
Bill Ash as Captain
Rev. Lynn Lemon as Minister at Clay’s funeral
Ben Frommer and Gloria Dea as Mourners
Conrad Brooks as Patrolman Jamie
Maila Nurmi (Vampira) as Vampire Girl
Bela Lugosi as the Old Man/Ghoul Man
Tom Mason as Old Man/Ghoul Man stand-in, Lugosi’s fake Shemp (uncredited)
Criswell as Himself/Narrator
Karl Johnson as Farmer Calder (uncredited)
Ed Wood as Man Holding Newspaper (uncredited)
J. Edward Reynolds as Gravedigger
Hugh Thomas, Jr. as Gravedigger (also associate producer)

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  1. All shots of Bela Lugosi were taken while filming other Ed Wood directed films. Plan 9 from Outer Space didn’t even begin production until after Lugosi’s death! Wood recruited chiropractor Tom Mason to substitute Lugosi for all additional scenes needed… making sure to hide his face under his cape at all times of course.