“Do you still believe it impossible we exist? You didn’t actually think you were the only inhabited planet in the universe. How can any race be so stupid?” Stupid is as stupid does? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr – as they fall in love with the audacity of Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957).
Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 107 – Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957)
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Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible “Plan 9” into action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth, the lives of the living are in danger.IMDb
- Writer/Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
- 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
- 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
- Ed Wood as Man Holding Newspaper (uncredited)
- J. Edward Reynolds as Gravedigger
- Hugh Thomas, Jr. as Gravedigger (also associate producer)
In case you didn’t guess, Plan 9 from Outer Space is Whitney’s pick. (Remember, her first pick was The Killer Shrews (1959) for episode 45.) She watched this as a teenager and was rendered speechless by how many things Wood did that are filmmaker no-nos. Even though she was astounded in a bad way, she still thinks the film is a riot. Plan 9 from Outer Space was recommended to Chad by friends. He was originally dumbfounded wondering how the film got made and with Bela Lugosi, no less. Now he has fun watching its magic. Daphne encountered Plan 9 from Outer Space in the 99-cent VHS bin at her local thrift store and immediately loved it for its unintentional camp. Jeff doesn’t get the film’s “the worst movie ever made” label because he’s seen a lot of movies that were worse than Plan 9 from Outer Space. He was amazed by the persistence and the audacity (or was it cluelessness?) of those involved in making a film that in spite of its many faults, or maybe because of them, is so much fun.
The Classic Era Grue Crew highly recommends Plan 9 from Outer Space. Seriously! It is currently available to stream on the Classic Sci-Fi Movie Channel and a variety of other streaming services.
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