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This Strange Movie Sunday selection is the mother of strange movies: “Plan 9 From Outer Space.” This film has the distinction of being called the worst movie ever made, and it certainly makes a valiant effort at living up to its name.

It has zombies, vampires and pretentious aliens who wear ridiculous clothing and are trying to stop humans from developing a bomb that could blow up sunlight. Although, in some moods, I feel the main alien has a point when he says “all you of earth are IDIOTS!”

When I first watched this, the DVD included a number of special features, among them, a person reading off the many things wrong with this movie, which went on for several minutes. Think of any characteristic that makes for a good film and this movie will be lacking it – meaningful plot? No. Good acting? Absolutely not. Eloquent dialogue? No. Suspenseful action? Well, it tries.

The one thing this film does manage to have is entertainment value. It’s the embodiment of the idea “it’s so bad, it’s good.”

Everything is unrealistic and ridiculous, and that can be pretty amusing.  I would suggest watching this with a bunch of people who haven’t gotten enough sleep and are in the mood to laugh at everything.

If you enjoy this movie, you may also enjoy the film that depicts the life of its director – “Ed Wood,” starring Johnny Depp. In it, you’ll learn that Wood wasn’t one for reshooting a scene, but if you watch “Plan 9 From Outer Space” first, you’ll know that already.

I’ll just close with a line from the movie’s narrator: “My friend, can your heart stand the shocking facts about grave robbers from outer space?” And also, “can you prove it didn’t happen?”


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