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Plan 9 from Outer Space

Theatrical release poster.
Directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr.
Produced by J. Edward Reynolds
Written by Edward D. Wood, Jr.
Narrated by Orson Wells
Starring Myron Healy
Mona McKinnon
Duke Moore
Tom Keene
Carl Anthony
Paul Marco
Tor Johnson
Vampira
Dudley Manlove
Bunny Breckinridge
Joanna Lee
Lyle Talbot
Béla Lugosi (Mostly posthumous)
Music by Frank Worth
Cinematography William C. Thompson
Editing by Edward D. Wood, Jr.
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release date(s) Flag of the United States July, 1959
Running time 79 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $6,000
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Plan 9 from Outer Space is a science fiction/horror film written, produced and directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr. in 1958, and released in 1959. The film stars Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson and Maila "Vampira" Nurmi. The film also claims to posthumously star Bela Lugosi through use of archive footage and a brief scene of the actor shot by Wood just before Lugosi's death in 1956, although Lugosi's character is primarily portrayed by chiropractor Tom Mason. This article is about the video game. ... Plan 9 may refer to: Plan 9 from Outer Space, a 1959 science fiction film directed by Ed Wood, Jr. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (427x661, 68 KB) Summary The poster of the very 1959 film Ed Wood conceived. ... Edward Davis Wood, Jr. ... Edward Davis Wood, Jr. ... Orson Welles, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1937 George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 - October 10, 1985) is commonly considered one of Hollywoods greatest directors, as well as a fine actor, broadcaster and screenwriter. ... Duke Moore, (born July 15, 1913 as James Moore, died November 16, 1976), is an American actor who has the distinction of spending his entire career working solely in films by Ed Wood, Jr. ... Tom Keene is an actor born on December 30 1896 in Rochester, New York, died on 4th August 1963. ... Paul Marcos Kelton the Cop record. ... Tor Johnson in Plan 9 from Outer Space This face was turned into a Halloween Mask Tor Johnson (October 19, 1903 – May 12, 1971) was a professional wrestler known as The Super Swedish Angel, and occasional actor. ... Actress Maila Nurmi (born December 21, 1921) portrayed Vampira in many shows, and starred in Ed Woods Plan 9 From Outer Space. ... Dudley playing Eros in Ed Wood, Jr. ... Bunny Breckinridge in Plan 9 from Outer Space (illustrated by Drew Friedman). ... Joanna Lee (also known as Keum Ok Lee) was a Korean woman who was killed in December 2001 during a prolonged and violent exorcism carried out by Pastor Luke Lee of the Lord of All cult, in Auckland, New Zealand. ... Lyle Talbot as Commissioner Gordon in the 1949 Batman and Robin serial. ... Béla Lugosi (October 20, 1882 – August 16, 1956), was a Hungarian actor best known for his portrayal of Count Dracula in the American Broadway stage production (1927), and subsequent film (1931), of Bram Stokers classic vampire story. ... William C. Thompson, Jr. ... Edward Davis Wood, Jr. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... “Horror Movie” redirects here. ... Edward Davis Wood, Jr. ... // Events February 16- In the Money is released on this date. ... See also: 1958 in film 1959 1960 in film 1950s in film 1960s in film years in film film Events The Three Stooges make their 180th and last short film, Sappy Bullfighters. ... Gregory Walcott is an american actor who was born on 13 January 1928 in Wendell, North Carolina. ... Tor Johnson in Plan 9 from Outer Space This face was turned into a Halloween Mask Tor Johnson (October 19, 1903 – May 12, 1971) was a professional wrestler known as The Super Swedish Angel, and occasional actor. ... Maila Nurmi (born Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi, December 21, 1921 in Petsamo, Finland—now Pechenga, Russia) created the well-remembered 1950s character of Vampira. ... Bela Lugosi as Dracula United States stamp. ... Chiropractic treatment uses manipulative therapy to correct subluxation, which has been shown to have some efficacy in treating back and neck pain, headache, and other symptoms of spinal-related conditions. ... Thomas R. Mason was a chiropractor who lived in Los Angeles in the 1950s. ...


The plot of the film is focused on a race of extraterrestrial beings who are seeking to stop humans from creating a doomsday weapon that would destroy the universe. In the course of doing so, the aliens implement "Plan 9", a scheme to resurrect earth's dead as zombies to get the planet's attention, causing chaos. Green people redirects here. ... This article is about modern humans. ... For other uses see Zombie (disambiguation) A zombie is a kind of undead, or figuratively, a very apathetic person. ...


By merit of its writing, unconvincing special effects, and multiple production errors visible in the final version of the film, Plan 9 from Outer Space is sometimes regarded as a leading candidate for the title of "worst movie ever made." It has also earned Edward D. Wood, Jr. a posthumous Golden Turkey Award as the worst director ever. Special effects (also called SPFX or SFX) are used in the film, television, and entertainment industry to realize scenes that cannot be achieved by live action or normal means. ... Plan 9 from Outer Space, considered so bad its good by some, is a contender for Worst Movie Ever Made. ... The Golden Turkey Award is an award given to poor movies and directors. ...

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Synopsis

Poor quality special effects are a popular gripe with this film.
Poor quality special effects are a popular gripe with this film.

While piloting American flight 812 in the then-future of 1968, Jeff Trent and his co-pilot encounter a flying saucer. Meanwhile, two gravediggers are filling the grave of a deceased woman. Suddenly, they hear a strange noise, and decide to leave the cemetery. As they turn to leave, they see a dead woman walking towards them with her arms raised. Image File history File links PlanNine_02. ... Image File history File links PlanNine_02. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Absorbed in his grief over his wife's death, an old man walks out of his house and into the path of an oncoming automobile. At his funeral, two mourners discover the corpses of the gravediggers from the previous scene. Inspector Daniel Clay, along with several police officers, comes to the cemetery to investigate. Clay encounters the female zombie, who is now joined by the corpse of the old man. Clay is killed by the zombies.


Jeff Trent is watching the cemetery with his wife, Paula, and tells her about his flying saucer encounter, stating that the U.S. Army has sworn him to secrecy about what he saw. He suspects that whatever is happening in the cemetery is related to his UFO encounter. Suddenly, a powerful wind knocks everyone to the ground. A spaceship lands nearby.


In the weeks that follow, newspaper headlines report other flying saucer sightings. The military, under the command of Colonel Thomas Edwards, finally attacks the alien spaceships. The spaceships leave Earth. Colonel Edwards reveals that the government has been covering up the flying saucer visits to Earth, and he wonders if the alien visits are connected to other Earth disasters.


The aliens return to Space Station 7 for regeneration. Their commander, Eros, informs the Ruler that he has attempted, unsuccessfully, to contact the governments of Earth. He tells the Ruler that to force the people of Earth to acknowledge his people's existence, he is implementing Plan Nine, which involves resurrecting people who have recently died by stimulating their pituitary and pineal glands. The three alien ships return to Earth. The pituitary gland, or hypophysis, is an endocrine gland about the size of a pea that sits in a small, bony cavity (sella turcica) covered by a dural fold (sellar diaphragm) at the base of the brain. ... The pineal gland (also called the pineal body or epiphysis) is a small endocrine gland in the brain. ...


Jeff is about to leave home again for another flight. Concerned for Paula's safety, he urges her to stay with her mother while he's gone, but she insists on staying home. That night, the corpse of the old man rises from his crypt and sneaks into their house. Joined by the corpse of his wife and the newly resurrected Daniel Clay, he chases Paula through the cemetery. Paula collapses and is found by a passing motorist who drives away with her limp body. All three zombies return to Eros' ship, which lifts off.


At the Pentagon, General Roberts informs Colonel Edwards that the government has been receiving messages from the aliens. The general plays the last message, which has been translated into English by a recently invented "language computer." The general sends Edwards to San Fernando, California, where most of the aliens' activities have occurred. This article is about the United States military building. ...

Eros is nearly killed by the corpse of Inspector Clay. "That was too close!"
Eros is nearly killed by the corpse of Inspector Clay. "That was too close!"

In California, the police interview the Trents about their experiences with the aliens. Unbeknownst to them, the alien saucer has returned to the graveyard. While waiting by the police car, an officer encounters the old man. The old man chases the officer to the Trents' house, where they attempt to shoot him, with no effect. The nearby aliens strike the old man with a "decomposite ray", causing his body to decompose, leaving only his skeleton. Not knowing what to make of this, they decide to drive to the cemetery. Image File history File links PlanNine_09. ... Image File history File links PlanNine_09. ...


On board the ship, Eros and Tanna send Clay to kidnap Paula in order to lure the other three to their spaceship, which he does. Meanwhile, seeing a glow in the distance, the other three head toward the ship.

Pilot Jeff Trent confronts the aliens.
Pilot Jeff Trent confronts the aliens.

Eros allows them to enter, and they board with their guns drawn. Once inside, Eros tells the humans that his people first came to Earth to talk and to ask for their aid, but the humans wouldn't listen to their messages. According to Eros, the humans will eventually discover the "solarbonite," a bomb that has the effect of exploding "sunlight molecules." Eros explains that a solarbonite explosion would destroy everything the sunlight touches, causing a chain reaction that would eventually destroy the entire universe. Image File history File links PlanNine_11. ... Image File history File links PlanNine_11. ...


Outside the ship, Clay arrives with Paula. Eros threatens to have her killed if they try to force him to go with them. The two police officers arrive and spot Clay with Paula. They realize that their guns are useless, and decide to approach Clay from behind with a stick. Eros sees this, and shuts off the ray controlling Clay, allowing Paula to go free. A fight ensues inside between Eros and Jeff. During the fight, a fire is started. The humans leave the ship, and it takes off in flames. Eros and Tanna are trapped as the ship explodes in space.


Cast

Tanna and Eros confer with "The Ruler."
Tanna and Eros confer with "The Ruler."

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History and development

Shortly before Bela Lugosi's death in 1956, the actor had been working with filmmaker Edward D. Wood, Jr. on a horror film titled Tomb of the Vampire.[1] When Lugosi died, he had only completed a few minutes of footage, and Wood shelved the project.[1] Eventually, Wood developed the story and screenplay for Grave Robbers from Outer Space, planning to release it as Lugosi's final film. Wood hired his wife's chiropractor, Tom Mason, as a stand-in for Lugosi, even though Mason matched neither Lugosi's physical or vocal appearance.[1] Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Bela Lugosi as Dracula United States stamp. ... Edward Davis Wood, Jr. ... “Horror Movie” redirects here. ... Chiropractic treatment uses manipulative therapy to correct subluxation, which has been shown to have some efficacy in treating back and neck pain, headache, and other symptoms of spinal-related conditions. ... Thomas R. Mason was a chiropractor who lived in Los Angeles in the 1950s. ...


Mistakes

Tanna and Eros leave Space Station 7, casting an obvious shadow as they go.
Tanna and Eros leave Space Station 7, casting an obvious shadow as they go.

Plan 9 From Outer Space is widely noted for having a plethora of obvious goofs.[2][3] Some of the most glaring include: Image File history File links Plan9SaucerShadow. ... Image File history File links Plan9SaucerShadow. ...

  • When Jeff complains to his wife, Paula (Mona McKinnon), about having to hush up his UFO sighting, he calls her "Mona".
  • "Night" and "day" shots are interspersed constantly within the same scene (for example, the old man's corpse chases Paula Trent through the cemetery, with the scene switching between night and day nine times). One porthole on the alien spaceship shows a cloudy day (shown during a scene set at night), while the others show only blackness.[2][3]
  • When the old man is killed near the beginning, he wanders just off screen, where his shadow is still clearly visible, and is apparently hit by a car. His shadow never moves.
  • Mason's attempts to hide the fact that he is not Lugosi are wildly unsuccessful.[2][3] As an early version of Leonard Maltin's movie guidebook put it, "Lugosi died during production, and it shows."
  • In one scene, as his character is being riddled with bullets, Mason's Dracula cape unintentionally starts to slip off his shoulders and he quickly pulls it back into place.[2][3]
  • Criswell's opening narration redundantly informs the viewer how "future events such as these will affect you in the future." Immediately afterwards, he states that the story has already "happened on that fateful day."[2][3]
  • In the numerous graveyard scenes, as characters brush against tombstones, the stones wobble and, in one case, fall over (e.g., the cross at the right side of the screen in an early scene).[2][3]
A visible boom mike in a cockpit scene.
A visible boom mike in a cockpit scene.
  • During a scene in an airplane cockpit, a flash of light from a flying saucer reveals the shadow of the boom mike. Also in this scene, the actress playing the flight attendant bumps into the curtain several times while waiting for her cue.[2][3]
  • When Tor Johnson drops the girl in the cemetery, a pillow is clearly visible beneath her.[2][3]
  • Most notably in the first scenes, string is clearly visible from the top of the wobbly saucer to the top of the screen. These same flying saucers cast shadows over the "space" backdrop.[2][3]
  • There are many problems with the graveyard scene. When asked by the others what was going on (referring to the UFOs), his mouth does not open for his spoken reply on the audio track. The cop is holding his gun and scratching his neck, with his finger on the trigger, then points it at others (it has been said that the actor did this on purpose in an attempt to annoy director Ed Wood, but Wood did not even notice). Then a flash of light goes by (the UFO) and they all fall down. The guy on the far right falls down and knocks over a tombstone.[2][3]
  • During the U.S. Army attack on the UFOs, the rockets used are actually (and obviously) ground-to-ground mortar type rockets that practically cannot even fly at a required altitude to harm aircraft. Also the majority of the weapons used in the scene were never actually used in combat.[2][3] Moreover, the footage is a segment of stock film that takes place in Korea.
  • When the saucers are first seen, it is just after sundown at the cemetery, yet, in the plane cockpit, the time is given as 3:45 am.
  • In the same scene, Col. Tom Edwards clearly casts shadow on the "horizon" behind him. The Colonel is also missing most of his rank identification items, while the Captain beside him doesn't have any at all.[2][3]
  • In the scene where Inspector Daniel Clay's body rises out of the ground, the "grave" and headstone are clearly out of proportion to all the leaves on the ground.[2][3]
  • The risen dead can clearly be seen breathing.
  • When Tor Johnson rises from the dead, the size of his tombstone changes dramatically from shot to shot. Also, when he rises from his grave, he is clearly having considerable difficulty getting up.

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Documenting the film

The movie is the subject of a documentary entitled Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The Plan 9 Companion, which is notable for being 30 minutes longer than the movie itself. The documentary is included on Image Entertainment's DVD edition of Plan 9. The documentary visits many locations related to the film, including the building with Ed Wood's former office at 4477 Hollywood Boulevard and what was left of the small sound stage used for the film's interiors which is down a small alley next to the Harvey Apartments at 5640 Santa Monica Boulevard. Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


Rudolph Grey's book Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood Jr. contains anecdotes regarding the making of this film. Grey notes that participants in the original events sometimes contradict one another, but he relates each person's information for posterity regardless. Rudolph Grey is a musician and writer. ...


In 1994, Tim Burton directed a fictionalized biopic, Ed Wood, which climaxes with the making and release of Plan 9. Ed Wood starred Johnny Depp in the title role, Martin Landau as Bela Lugosi, and Bill Murray as Bunny Breckinridge (who played the alien "Ruler" in Plan 9). Ed Wood also featured frequent Wood cohorts Conrad Brooks and Gregory Walcott, both of whom appeared in Plan 9. The gala premiere depicted in the film never took place; Wood's films were always released quietly and on a limited basis. The year 1994 in film involved some significant events. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer notable for the quirky and gothic atmosphere of his films. ... A biographical film or biopic is a film about a particular person or group of people, based on events that actually happened. ... Ed Wood is a biopic directed by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp as the cross-dressing cult movie maker Edward D. Wood Jr. ... John Christopher Depp II[1] (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, best known for his frequent portrayals of offbeat and eccentric characters such as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy and the titular character of Tim Burtons Edward Scissorhands. ... Martin Landau (born June 20, 1931) is an Academy Award-winning American film and television actor. ... Bela Lugosi as Dracula United States stamp. ... William James Bill Murray (born September 21, 1950) is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-winning American comedian and actor. ... Bunny Breckinridge in Plan 9 from Outer Space (illustrated by Drew Friedman). ... Conrad Brooks Conrad Brooks (born Conrad Biedrzycki on January 3, 1931 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a American actor. ... Gregory Walcott is an american actor who was born on 13 January 1928 in Wendell, North Carolina. ...


In 2007, a documentary by Kevin Sean Michaels entitled Vampira: The Movie, was produced chronicling Maila Nurmi's work with director Edward D. Wood Jr. and her role as television's first horror host. Amputee boxer Baxter Humby, as Spider-Man, throws a computer-generated punch through the chest of Sandman, portrayed by Thomas Haden Church 2007 has been referred to, by film and media critics, as the year of the threequels, a nickname referring to both the 2004 summer movie season and several... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Maila Nurmi (born Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi, December 21, 1921 in Petsamo, Finland—now Pechenga, Russia) created the well-remembered 1950s character of Vampira. ... Edward D. Wood, Jr. ...


In other media

The colorised version

As an ode to Plan 9 being famously known as "the worst film of all time," prerelease copies of the colorised DVD release included this limited edition air freshener.
As an ode to Plan 9 being famously known as "the worst film of all time," prerelease copies of the colorised DVD release included this limited edition air freshener.

In 2006, Legend Films released a colorised version of Plan 9 from Outer Space on DVD.[4] Though the colorization process was largely done straight, unlike the campy bright colors used in the studio's release of Reefer Madness, there were a few alterations. Legend had auctioned off the opportunity to insert new material into the film through two auctions on eBay. The first allowed the auction winner to provide a photograph that is digitally inserted into part of the scene between the Ghoul Man and Paula Trent. The second allowed the winner to have his or her name placed on a gravestone during a scene with Tor Johnson. The third alteration is at a point where Eros is punched and briefly turns green from head to toe.[4] Image File history File linksMetadata Plan_9_Alien_Fresh. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Plan_9_Alien_Fresh. ... Air fresheners are consumer products meant to mitigate the experience of unpleasant odors in indoor spaces. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... Legend Films, a San Diego-based company, was founded in August 2001. ... A colorized image of Laurel and Hardy, from March of the Wooden Soldiers (formally Babes in Toyland). ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... Reefer Madness is a 1936 drama film revolving around the tragic events that follow when high school students are lured by pushers to try marihuana: a hit and run accident, manslaughter, suicide, rape, and descent into madness all ensue. ... This article is about the online auction center. ...


Autographed pre-release copies of the DVD were made available in 2005, and the colorized version was also given special theatrical screenings at various theaters throughout the United States, including the Castro Theatre.[5][6] The DVD featured an audio commentary track by comedian Michael J. Nelson of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame, a restored black and white version of Plan 9, a home video of Edward D. Wood in drag performing a striptease (Wood, in real life, was a cross-dresser) and a comedic feature narrated by Nelson detailing the "lost" Plans 1-8. The autographed edition also came with a limited edition air freshener.[6] Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Castro Theatre in San Francisco, California. ... Michael J. Nelson. ... Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. ... For other uses, see Striptease (disambiguation). ... This articles is about cross-dressing in general, that is the act of wearing the clothing of another gender for any reason. ... Air fresheners are consumer products meant to mitigate the experience of unpleasant odors in indoor spaces. ...


Other versions

An unofficial theatrical version of Plan 9 was staged in the 2006 Toronto Fringe Festival. Plan LIVE from Outer Space! was written by James Gordon Taylor and featured well known Canadian comedians (most of them Second City alumni) such as Lisa Brooke, Aurora Browne, Brandon Firla, Chris Gibbs, Sandy Jobin-Bevans and Ron Sparks.[7] The play won a Canadian Comedy Award in 2007. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Toronto Fringe Festival is an annual theatre festival, featuring uncensored plays by unknown or well-known artists, taking place in the theatres of Toronto. ... James (Jim) Gordon Taylor is an actor/writer/and producer who lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Second City redirects here. ... Comedian Aurora Browne Aurora Browne is a Canadian actress and comedian from Toronto, Ontario. ... Brandon Firla (born in Calgary, Alberta) is a Canadian actor and comedian, currently best known for his role as Clark Claxton on the television sitcom Billable Hours. ... Sandy Jobin-Bevans actor, (born April 21, 1972 in Flin Flon, Manitoba) is a Canadian comedic and dramatic actor. ... Ron Sparks is a Canadian comedian, actor and writer. ... The Canadian Comedy Awards is an annual awards ceremony celebrating notable Canadian comedians for achievements in live, TV and film comedy over the previous year. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Eternity Comics released a miniseries in the 1990s entitled Plan 9 from Outer Space: Thirty Years Later! which served as an unofficial sequel to the film.[8] For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


An adventure game of the same name was made in which the player must recover the film from Bela Lugosi's double, who has stolen it.[9] The movie was packaged with the game as a VHS tape. Plan 9 from Outer Space is a point and click adventure game developed by Konami for the Amiga and Commodore 64. ...


Those that preordered the video game Destroy All Humans!, available for the Xbox and PlayStation 2 video game consoles, received a bonus DVD of Plan 9 from Outer Space when the game was released. The game itself also features several references to the movie. A scene from the movie is also unlockable in the game, along with the complete film Teenagers From Outer Space, but neither has any controls (play, pause, fast forward).[10] Computer and video games redirects here. ... Destroy All Humans! is a video game developed by Pandemic Studios and published by THQ. It was released for the Xbox and PlayStation 2 computer entertainment systems on June 21, 2005. ... The Xbox is a sixth generation era video game console produced by Microsoft Corporation. ... PS2 redirects here. ... Teenagers from Outer Space is a 1959 science-fiction B-movie about an extraterrestrial ship landing on Earth to use it as a farm for its food supply. ...


In 1997, David G. Smith wrote and composed the music for Plan 9 from Outer Space: The Musical. It received better reviews than the original film.[11] For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


The film was never featured in the B-movie mocking comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000. It has been reported that the reasons for this were the problem of running the commentary format of the series over the film's narrator as well as the fact that the film was already very well known, and the MST crew preferred more obscure films.[12] The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ... Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. ...


The film was, however, featured on the slightly similar show Steve Smith Playhouse, in which Canadian comedian Steve Smith re-dubbed the dialogue of only one character in a B movie. The film was edited down to a half-hour with Steve Smith replacing the dialogue of Eros with his own voice with comedic results. In the episode, the plot centered around aliens reviving the dead with Viagra and controlling them with loud marching music. Steve Smith playing his most famous role, Red Green Steve Smith, CM (born 1945, Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian comedy writer and actor. ... // ...


References in popular culture

Even though Plan 9 from Outer Space is widely considered the worst film ever made, it is widely referenced in popular culture.

  • When the film Battlefield Earth was reviewed by the New York Times, film critic Elvis Mitchell referred to it as being "Plan Nine From Outer Space for a new generation."[13]
  • The Bell Labs successor to the Unix operating system was named Plan 9 from Bell Labs in honor of the film.[14]
  • Plan 9 is referenced in two Seinfeld episodes. In "The Chinese Restaurant," Jerry, George, and Elaine plan to go see the movie following their dinner, but when plans fall through, Jerry refuses to see it alone. Jerry remarks "This isn't plans one through eight, this is plan 9! The one that worked! The worst movie ever made!"[10] In "The Postponement," Jerry and Kramer see an advertisement on a telephone pole for a second chance to see it.[10]
  • In the TV series X-Files, Fox Mulder claims to have seen the movie 42 times, a reference to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,[10]. He claims that the film is so incredibly bad that it shuts down the logic centers of his brain, allowing him to make intuitive leaps of logic, aiding him in his investigation of the paranormal. He called this the "Ed Wood Investigative Method".
  • The film is spoofed in the Mission Hill episode "Plan 9 from Mission Hill".
  • Rockabilly/surf band Department of Crooks (also known as Casino Crooks) released a CD entitled "Plan 9 From Las Vegas" in the late 90s.[15]
  • Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13 have a song called "Plan 9 From Outer Space", and also make reference to Ed Wood in their song "Hooray For Horrorwood" in the line "You can knock on Ed Wood but it won't do you no good."[16]
  • The animated series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles featured an episode entitled "Plan 6 from Outer Space".
  • Glenn Danzig used part of the movie's name as his Record Company's name (Plan 9) when he was with The Misfits.
  • In 1998, Ukrainian psychobilly band Mad Heads released an album Mad In Ukraine which begin with words "My friend, can your heart stand the shocking facts about grave robbers from outer space?"
  • Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features Oompa Loompas that use a gesture to confirm arrangements with Willy Wonka. The gesture is the same as the aliens in Plan 9 from Outer Space use to greet one another.
  • The album Gorgeous, from the English techno band 808 State, contains a track titled "Plan 9".
  • In Uncanny X-Men #479, Nightcrawler suggests the use of a fighting maneuver called "Plan 9" during a mission in outer space.

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See also

Plan 9 from Outer Space, considered so bad its good by some, is a contender for Worst Movie Ever Made. ...

References

*Sloan, Will. (April 2005). "Can Your Heart Stand the Shocking Facts About Kelton the Cop A/K/A Paul Marco?" Filmfax, p.88-89

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  14. ^ Raymond, Eric. The Art of UNIX Programming. Retrieved on 2007-05-07.
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