Let me just go one record here to say that, despite its reputation, Plan 9 from Outer Space is NOT – and I repeat NOT – the worst film ever made.
In fact, it’s not even close. Not even by a longshot.
There are far worse movie and definitely more painful ones (although I’ll give it a “9” on te pain meter, just to be cute -the same way Leonard Maltin rates Fellini’s 8 1/2 as 8 1/2/10). Just look at the previous two postings this week: Robot Monster and Alphaville are much much more painful – especially the latter.
Plan 9 IS quite simply, the most entertaining “bad movie” you are likely to find. It’s just a perfect movie to watch with your friends as you partake in mind-altering weekend experiments or just want to kick back and really cut your brain some slack. It’s badly made but has a genuine feel of earnestness about it which, ultimately, makes it a lot of fun to watch from the moment Criswell begins predicting to when the last flying saucer is done ‘splodin’.
It has been extensively chronicled so Google it up if you need to find out more about it. frankly, watching the film takes less time than listing all the mistakes, flubs and laughable moments in it. A documentary on its making actually runs longer that the actual film.
Follow the links for all 6 parts.
There’s also a biopic by Tim Burton entitled Ed Wood that is truly worth seeking out. In fact, I think it’s Burton’s best. A lot has been written about Martin Landau’s scene-stealing Oscar winning turn as Bela Lugosi but Johnny Depp has really captured Ed superbly. It’s a tad apocryphal but it it does such a great job of conveying the legend that we forgive its factual trespasses.
Here is the whole legendary feature for your Painjoyment™
Pain Level: 9/10
Quality of Pain: Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!