Plan 9 From Outer Space

The Ed Wood Story

DVD - 1999
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
Plan 9 From Outer Space
Ed Wood story: A look at "Hollywood's best incompetent director" from actors who starred in the movie based on his life (Johnny Depp, Martin Landau) and from those who actually worked with Wood. Includes original trailers from other Wood classics: Glen or Glenda, Bride of the monster, Sinister urge, The bride and the beast, and Plan 9. Plan 9: Alien invaders use "Plan 9" to re-animate dead earthlings.

Publisher: North Hollywood, CA :, Passport Video,, [1999], ©1999
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Pl
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 122 min.) : sound, black and white & color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternate Title: Plan nine from outer space


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Mar 23, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Paula Trent: "I've never seen you in this mood before." Jeff Trent: "I guess that's because I've never been in this mood before."

Mar 23, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Paula Trent: "...A flying saucer? You mean the kind from up there?" Jeff Trent: "Yeah, either that or its counterpart."

Mar 23, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Eros: "You do not need guns." Jeff Trent: "Maybe we think we do."

Mar 23, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Lieutenant John Harper: "...It was a saucer." Policeman: "A flying saucer?"

Mar 23, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Eros: "You know, it's an interesting thing when you consider... the Earth people, who can think, are so frightened by those who cannot... the dead."

Mar 23, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The Ruler: "Plan 9? Ah, yes. Plan 9 deals with the resurrection of the dead. Long distance electrodes shot into the pineal and pituitary gland of the recently dead."

Mar 23, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Criswell: "My friend, you have seen this incident, based on sworn testimony. Can you prove that it didn't happen?"

Mar 23, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Criswell: "Perhaps, on your way home, someone will pass you in the dark, and you will never know it... for they will be from outer space."


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Mar 07, 2015
  • Bix_Brannigan rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Yikes!.... Believe it, or not, as a young tyke of 8 years, this totally inept, unintentionally hilarious, z-grade Sci-Fi flick scared the hell out of me. Yep. That's right. It was terrifying enough to give me nightmares and have me demand that my mother check under my bed for the monsters.

Plan 9 From Outer Space (P9FOS, for short) is one of those unique movies that's so bad that it's actually good (well, sort of). I don't think that it deserves to be labeled as "The Worst Movie of All Time".

There are definitely much-much worse movies than P9FOS out there. I mean, at least with this one you're almost guaranteed to enjoy some honest-to-goodness bell-laughs throughout its 80-minute running time. Yes. You sure are - Unless, of course, you're a total grouch, that is.

Like its spooky graveyard setting of cardboard headstones that wobble in the breeze, P9FOS's plot of an alien invasion (taking place in the San Fernando Valley), is wafer-thin, to be sure.

Directed by schlockster, Ed Wood Jr., P9FOS opens with Criswell's priceless, dead-serious "My friends" monologue in which he refers to future events in the past tense and guarantees us all that what we're about to witness here is (My friends) based on "sworn testimony". (Ha! That's a killer!)

So - Is Plan 9 From Outer Space (the cheapie of all cheapies) the worst movie of all time? No. I think not.

Oct 17, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Although often called the worst film ever made, Wood's "Glen or Glenda?" is actually far worse. This is hilariously inept.

Jul 12, 2013
  • Mocha6ft3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Way,way,way back when i was a child i use to watch a spooky program on channel 11 called "Chiller Theater!!" I was often scared out of my mind, not because of the horror movies they showed, and some of them were good, but the horrible cretures they would show just before the movie started. Chiller Theater would always start off by playing this very spooky music as many creatures walk towards the camera. It would look like they were coming to get you. However, the one monster they showed that always made me cover my eyes was the FEMALE space vampire from Plan 9 from out space. The very same female you see on the cover. After watching Chiller for so long, i knew when she would appear and quickly cover my eyes. Ha,ha,ha,ha. Although those fears are no longer with me as an adult, my friend and i did enjoy watching this weird, bad script, bad acting, very low-budget movie on my HomeTheater. No other movie in my collection had my friend talking to the screen as often as this one. We were cracking up at the special effects and the dialog in this movie. Many scenes were soooo bad, we weren't sure if it was done on purpose or just a lack of funds. My friend was on the floor a few times and couldn't believe what we were watching. This is a bad movie that i have often heard about and know why sooo many people consider it "The worst movie ever!!!" I"m keeping this film in my collection. Why? Well it made me and my friend laugh. And her and i were completely sober!!! I'm giving this low budget horror movie 5 stars!!!!!! Bad acting, terrible special effects, horrible story, and the one lady vampire that use to scare the hell out of me as a child. Barbeque chicken wings and thighs with pork grinds and Arizona Kiwi/Strawberry.

Mar 23, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was tough to rate. 3½ stars or 70% is pretty generous, considering what we're dealing with here. Mindless dialogue from atrocious actors in cockpits that look like closets. But when you figure in all the contributing factors it has going for it: its cult classic status as being *The Worst* film, from *The Worst* director; the assorted froot loops in the cast -- Vampira, & Tor, & Criswell, & Bela and his post mortem chiropractor stand-in, etc.; the hilarity of Ed Wood's brazenly cheezy effects and bloopers... I mean... what was he thinking? That toppling cardboard tombstones were acceptable? "Cut! Aaaand... Print!" That being said, I guess when it comes down to it, I don't agree with this being considered *The Worst*. I could see myself returning to this one for some laughs, whereas there's a superabundance of others that I wouldn't even fathom a second viewing of.

Jun 19, 2012
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This really is a bad, bad film, but there just is something fascinating and pathetic about it that keeps compelling people to watch it and to be fascinated by director Ed Wood: That someone could want to do so badly what they do do so badly. So 5 stars is it, but be warned it IS a very bad film, it's not even so bad it's good.

Nov 26, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Honestly, the story isn’t anything that couldn’t be fixed with a good re-write or two – especially good would be the removal of the material in the cockpit where the co-pilot and head stewardess seem to be setting up a date or something, which add nothing to the story except some time to look at the ultra-un-detailed set – plus some heavier use of acting instead of talking. Even allowing for this actually being shot in 1956 (and not released for three years) when The Blob, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and War of the Worlds were not yet seen as “here’s how to do it, boys”, this has far too much talking and not enough doing things.

“They tried really hard” and “they meant well” is probably the best one can say about them.

Awful? Run-away from level of ugly? Interesting from a standpoint of road accident? No. Not at all.

Well-made film? No. Not at all.

The uniforms were very realistic, however.


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