Saturday, February 27, 2010

Plan Nine from Outer Space: The Worst Zombie Movie?

Plan 9 from Outer Space
Made even more infamous by Tim Burton's 1994 biopic of director Ed Wood, Plan 9 (1959) is often dubbed one of the worst movies ever made.  Aliens attempting to contact Earth are angered at not getting a response; to show they mean business, they start bringing Earthlings back from the dead.  Foremost among the undead is Swedish wrestler Tor Johnson, made iconic by his performance here; other notable zombies include Vampira (the ur-Elvira) and, briefly, Bela Lugosi (who died before filming was complete).  Look for Ed Wood's wife's chiropractor as Lugosi's unconvincing stand-in, as well as flying saucers on strings and a plethora of other goofs.  Plan 9 is good for a laugh, if nothing else.

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