Friday, December 26, 2008

Plan 9

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Ranking: Fuck Yeah
Extremely Trashy

Okay okay okay. I know there's nothing to really say about this movie which hasn't been said already... but... well... I liked it.

The plot involves an old man (Bela Lugosi) grieving over his dead wife (Vampira I guess?). Then he dies. Then some UFOs show up and aliens start bringing people back from the dead for some reason. Kind of like Half Life.

Yeah, this movie was kind of lousy, but it was way better than Bride of the Monster, the Friday the 13th series, Across the Universe or anything directed by Uwe Boll. And it has a good message, I guess. The aliens come to earth and start resurrecting corpses because they want to show us that we are a bunch of violent savages. How do the people of Earth retaliate? By denying it, and then burning the alien ships. Real mature there...

Despite the general crapiness of the movie, it really does try very hard and has a certain childlike innocence, as well as one or two very well done scenes. Some of the stuff with Lugosi right at the beginning is actually touching in a weird way. He's kinda good in the eighty seconds he's in the movie. Although maybe that's just compared to the other actors, if you rally can call them actors.

There's also one scene in which Tor Johnson (who played Lobo in Bride of the Monster and got way too much dialogue in this movie) rises from the grave and walks around with his dead fish eyes. It's pretty fucking creepy.

So if it weren't for everything else in the movie, it might have been kind of good. Ah well, it's heart was in the right place at least.

Still, I'd take a good H.G. Lewis movie any day...


Written and Directed by: Ed Wood. Starring: Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore, Tom Keene, Tor Johnson, John Breckinridge, Lyle Talbot, Vampira, Tom Mason, Bela Lugosi

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