Sunday, October 04, 2009

Tricks & Treats 09: "Grave Robbers From Outer Space" (repost)

If you have never heard of Ed Wood, then you need to! He was the king of bad movies! In the 1950s, Wood made a run of independently produced, extremely low-budget horror, science fiction and cowboy films, now celebrated for their technical errors, unsophisticated special effects, idiosyncratic dialogue, eccentric casts and outlandish plot elements, although his flair for showmanship gave his productions at least a modicum of commercial success. Wood's one big claim was that he was able to use Bela Lugosi in his films! At the time, Lugosi was considered a has been by the film industry and on top of that, he was a junkie. But to Ed Wood, he was a big star. However, soon after their partnership began, Lugosi passed away. That didn't stop Wood from salvaging a saleable feature from Lugosi's last moments on film. The result is what is considered to be the worst movie ever made! Originally titled "Grave Robbers From Outer Space", the title was eventually changed to "Plan 9 From Outer Space". The plot of the film is focused on a race of extraterrestrial beings who are seeking to stop humans from creating a doomsday weapon that would destroy the universe. In the course of doing so, the aliens implement "Plan 9", a scheme to resurrect earth's dead as zombies to get the planet's attention, causing chaos.
Today I offer you what I call my Plan 9 super-post! You get two for the price of one! You get the film's soundtrack album as well as an album that features the entire film in audio form! It's my Halloween gift to you! Enjoy!

Plan Nine From Outer Space OST

Plan Nine From Outer Space Story Album



Zillagord said...

Thanks so much for this post!! I have been hoping for an audio version of "Plan 9" for quite some time. I have the "Orgy of the Dead" soundtrack, which is basically that whole movie-- the nonsensical dialogue, wonderfully lame music and sound fx-- on one disc, and I must say it's one of my faves. So, I was hoping to one day find something like this...
I don't really think "Plan 9" is the worst movie ever made. I've seen a lot of BAD films, and I love 'em. Don't get me wrong, "Plan 9" is horrible. But at least it's horrible with a heart. I mean, what's worse? "Plan 9" or "The Hills Have Eyes 2"? At least "Plan 9" was made with something more than the almighty dollar in mind.
Sure, "Plan 9" has some of the worst acting and dialogue ever committed to celluloid; the scene where the pilot leaves his wife is a classic, and who can forget the immortal line of the angered alien: "You Earth people are stupid. Stupid, stupid, stupid!!" I'm laughing while typing it!! And the special effects are neither special or effective, except in the belly-laugh department. But in its defense, "Plan 9" is ultimately a terrible film that one doesn't feel terrible about watching: you don't have to take a shower afterwards.
Thanks again for the post. Happy Halloween!!

baikinange said...

About 10 years ago I decided not to buy a copy of the Plan Nine soundtrack CD. And regretted it since. Now I have a copy, thanks to you! If only it were so easy to erase all our regrets in life.

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