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Plan 9 from Outer Space is a sci-fi/horror film written and directed by Edward D. Wood Jr. It is widely considered to be one of the worst movies ever made.

The movie

The titular Plan 9 refers to a plot by alien beings to conquer the Earth by re-animating the recently deceased, starting in the Los Angeles area. This plan is thwarted by a daring pilot, a military officer, and some local police.

Notes

  • Production of the film was dramatized in the 1994 movie Ed Wood.
  • Plan 9's Worst Movie reputation came to prominence in The Golden Turkey Awards. At the end of their previous volume The Fifty Worst Films of All Time, the Medved Brothers asked readers to send in their votes for what they thought was the worst movie. Not only did Plan 9 "win" by a comfortable margin, it was considerably older than most of the other movies that got votes (the rest of the Top Ten were all from the 1970s).
  • Plan 9 was also referred to in the 1991 episode of Seinfeld entitled "The Chinese Restaurant", in which Jerry referred to it as "the worst movie ever made".

Riffed versions

Plan 9 was first riffed by Michael J. Nelson alone, as part of a series done for Legend Films to promote their colorizations of classic films. This version was released as an autographed DVD, a standard DVD and as a Blu-ray. With the launch of RiffTrax in 2006, the audio track was made the site's first release. A Video-on-Demand version (still utilizing the colorized Legend film) followed in 2007.

Later, RiffTrax produced a "three-riffer" version, with Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy joining Mike. This version was released on DVD utilizing the original Black-and-White.

Plan 9 was also used as the main feature in the first RiffTrax Live presentation, simulcast across the country by Fathom Events. The live version was also later released on DVD, Blu-ray and as a Video-on-Demand.


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