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Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 22 July 1959 (USA)
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Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" into action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth, the lives of the living are in danger.


Edward D. Wood Jr.





Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Walcott ... Jeff Trent
Mona McKinnon Mona McKinnon ... Paula Trent
Duke Moore Duke Moore ... Lieutenant Harper
Tom Keene ... Colonel Edwards
Carl Anthony ... Patrolman Larry
Paul Marco ... Patrolman Kelton
Tor Johnson ... Inspector Clay
Dudley Manlove Dudley Manlove ... Eros
Joanna Lee Joanna Lee ... Tanna
John Breckinridge John Breckinridge ... Ruler
Lyle Talbot ... General Roberts
David De Mering David De Mering ... Danny
Norma McCarty Norma McCarty ... Edith
Bill Ash Bill Ash ... Captain
Lynn Lemon Lynn Lemon ... Reverend (as Reverend Lynn Lemon)


In California, an old man (Bela Lugosi) grieves the loss of his wife (Vampira) and on the next day he also dies. However, the space soldier Eros and his mate Tanna use an electric device to resurrect them both and the strong Inspector Clay who was murdered by the couple. Their intention is not to conquer Earth but to stop mankind from developing the powerful bomb "Solaranite" that would threaten the universe. When the population of Hollywood and Washington DC sees flying saucers in the sky, a colonel, a police lieutenant, a commercial pilot, his wife and a policeman try to stop the aliens. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Aliens Resurrecting The Dead! Flying Saucers Over Hollywood! See more »


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When Gregory Walcott read the script, he told Edward D. Wood Jr. that it was the worst script he had ever read. He reluctantly signed on. See more »


The controls in the cockpit are obviously fake. See more »


[first lines]
Criswell: Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future. You are interested in the unknown, the mysterious, the unexplainable. That is why you are here. And now, for the first time, we are bringing to you the full story of what happened on that fateful day. We are bringing you all the evidence, based only on the secret testimony ...
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Alternate Versions

One more 'addition' to the Legend Films 'colorized' release is an added color visual effect where the alien Commanders face turns green in reaction to being hit soon after saying the line: "See? Your stupid minds, Stupid, Stupid!" He goes green as soon as he is hit then it fades to colorized normal skin tone after 30 seconds or so. There is no way he could have turned a different color like this in the B/W version as its luminance is as bright as the colorized skin. It would read as the same level gray. See more »


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Music by James Stevens
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Seeing the whole story around it,you must love it !!!
27 September 2004 | by jan-277See all my reviews

O.K.,I've just seen the movie "Ed Wood",listed currently in the best 250 of all time . Being listed there is a hard thing to reach as well as being listed in the worst 100 where "Plan 9" surely belongs ."Ed Wood" is all about a young wannabe-producer/director who is so fascinated and driven by the idea of producing movies that he does everything,sets every wheel in motion to make his dreams become reality,doing movies with a least-cost budget simply because he couldn't afford anything else,but he gave his whole heart to that movies and dedicated his whole life to them .

O. K. ---

Maybe that movie glorifies Ed Wood a bit.I don't know.Ed Wood is, by the way the director of "Plan 9".Having seen the above mentioned movie before, I just cannot help enjoying Plan 9. And, for the record , I was not LAUGHING about it , I have been SMILING nicely, about a film that has been done in a time when computer-effects were not yet invented, and, I enjoyed it. And there have been definitely worse movies.Maybe the director wasn't so bad at all but simply didn't have the money to make it better,maybe he had the talent to do better but not alone as writer,producer,director? At least he DID a movie. And I don't know whether I might be childish here, but that guy at least did what he wanted to do ,and here we are , 50 years later, still discussing his movie. The keyword is fantasy. If you put a little fantasy into the story , you might as well believe in it. A book doesn't give you any special effects at all and you can still enjoy it, can't you??? On the other hand, if you are so cool and so good in discovering any movies weakness and every leak of special effects that even the major 21st century Hollywood movies hardly get to you anymore,you will surely find a lot to complain about in this one. Or you can simply take it as an eyewitness of a time, long time gone, when life wasn't so "perfect" and peoples' brains weren't so oversaturated yet, that some guys still went to cinemas to see flying saucers...

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Release Date:

22 July 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grave Robbers from Outer Space See more »


Box Office


$60,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Reynolds Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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