Plan 9 From Outer Space
Poor Jeff Trent (Gregory Walcott). If it wasn't bad enough that his wife, Paula Trent (Mona McKinnon), can't act. Worst still, is that this square-jawed pilot goes completely bonkers, when he spots a UFO in the sky whilst flying his aircraft.
Oh! Wait up! I almost forgot to mention something. Jeff's none too pleased when he hears the news that some dead-people are on the rampage at the local cemetery either.
Yeah. Dead-People. Like that scary looking woman with the nice tit's for example (Maila Nurmi). Her old-man that desperately needs a tan (Bela Lugosi). Plus that portly police Inspector they both kill, called Dan Clay (Tor Johnson). All of them brought back to life, because the aforementioned 'visitors from another planet', are currently in a secret war with the earths Government.
But Jeff doesn't need to worry his pretty little head off about this. The police are at hand to investigate what is going on at the cemetery. Whilst the army is primed and ready, trying to figure out what E.T.'s second cousins want to do on this planet.
Still, that's most probably why what next transpires jumps onto gear, when Colonel Tom Edwards (Tom Keene) is ordered to pay Jeff a little visit. As a battle plan does the spits - a dead man falls to bits - aliens turn out ecological - and the special effects on this film are just diabolical.
Now there are many words I could use to describe 'Plan Nine from Outer Space'. 'Cardboard': being one of them. And 'Stiff': being another. But I defiantly wouldn't call it 'bad' by any stretch of the imagination! If fact, I would rather use the word 'engaging' instead.
You see, to me, if you look past the nth rate production values, and the William Shatner type acting, this story isn't a bad story if truth be told. It's about how we -- the people living on this planet -- are progressing so much, that at times we're not entirely sure what we are progressing towards.
Today we have Ipods, Guns, Phones, Bombs, and God knows what else those crazy R&D chaps can come up with next. But why do we need them, huh? What are we doing with all of these 'gadgets'? Shouldn't we be thinking about Mother Nature? And trying our hardest to be better people who want to do more pro-active things?
OK, I have to admit, none of these facts were about ecological issues or the paper plates used as flying saucers in this piece. But why should it, huh? 'Plan Nine From Outer Space' has been torn to shreds so much over time, I thought that it was about time someone should see it for what it truly is.
This movie is a classic for one reason and one reason alone. No. Not because of the Johnny Depp film. Though that didn't hurt. It's a classic because it has heart; plus a pro-active way of translating a 'message movie' into a horror / sci-fi genre.
It looks like sh*t. Agreed. But it sure smells good. Say no more. Huh, Bela?