PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959)

Dir. Edward D. Wood, Jr.

Can your heart stand the shocking sight of a pro wrestler, a horror host, and a future Emmy-winning writer appearing in what has been called the worst movie ever made?! Too entertaining to truly qualify as the worst, writer-director Edward D. Wood, Jr.'s magnum opus was a product of desperation. When Bela Lugosi died after making a few silent shots for another picture, The Vampire's Tomb, Wood wrote a new script to incorporate what was already shot. He then hired his wife's chiropractor to play Lugosi's character, even though he was significantly taller than the original actor. To fill out this tale of aliens resurrecting the dead to invade the Earth he also cast wrestling star Tor Johnson (whose police officer son supplied uniforms and police cars for the film), horror host Vampira and, as the alien Tanna, Joanna Lee, who would reinvent herself as a pioneering television producer-writer-director dealing with feminist issues. She would also deny having appeared in the film, and given its mix of cardboard tombstones, wooden acting and badly matched scenes, that's perfectly understandable.

In attendance: Dana Gould.

PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE
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