Published on June 10th, 2011 | by Kitty Catastrophe0
Midnight Movies: Plan 9 From Outer Space
On Friday the 17th in The Sugar Club, Midnight Movies are screening the endearingly bizarre and legendary mess of a film, Plan 9 From Outer Space, written and directed by Ed Wood. After attending their recent screening of Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! I can attest to the fact that the Midnight Movies crew put on a great show. Popcorn and cola bottle sweets are sold from table to table and a mish-mash of trailers for films like Blacula and Barbarella preceded that particular feature film in a genius build-up of anticipation. This upcoming movie night is guaranteed to please fans of sci-fi and horror, fans of bad films and fans of bad sci-fi/horror films most of all.
Plan 9 was made in 1959 and features Bela Lugosi in a posthumous role that’s mostly made up of footage shot by Wood for other, unfinished, and completely unrelated projects. The storyline focuses on aliens setting up shop on Earth in order to stop the humans from creating an apocalyptic weapon that could destroy the whole universe. The alien beings decide to put Plan 9 into motion, a dastardly scheme which for some reason involves bringing the dead back to life, to roam about eating/mauling/aggressively hugging those who cross their paths. The plot doesn’t really matter though. What keeps you entertained the whole way though are the enormous continuity clangers (It’s daytime! It’s nighttime! Wait, it’s daytime again!), the wobbly set pieces toppling over, the flying saucers on string and the chiropractor that was landed into the film halfway through as Bela Lugosi’s character.
Tim Burton’s Ed Wood is definitely worth a watch, either before or after seeing Plan 9, as it gives the fascinating backstory to what is now notoriously known as “The Worst Film Ever Made”, as well as showing what a genuinely enthusiastic film maker Ed actually was.