Why Plan 9 From Outer Space isn’t the worst film ever made

6 Mar

If you haven’t heard of Plan 9 From Outer Space, I don’t blame you. Filmed in 1956 and released [albeit on a very limited scale] three years later, it has been reviled as the worst film ever made, frequently makes onto the “most hated film” lists and its director, Edward D. Wood Jr. has been named as the worst director ever. The acting is sloppy, the script is visible in certain shots and the continuity is shocking.


I’ll admit the odds aren’t in its favour.

But then you watch the film and realise that it’s not all that bad. [Wow, what a backhanded compliment.] What I mean to say is: I like it.

[Warning: film contains gratuitous use of stock footage.]

I have certainly seen my share of god-awful films but this isn’t one of them. I’m not saying that it’s the best film ever made but it’s definitely not the worst and these are some reasons why:

-It’s got some legitimately scary moments [if only they were done well…] picture the scene; you’re in a graveyard and it’s nearing midnight. You’ve heard of some strange activity happening in the vicinity and wanted to check it out for yourself, but now you’re regretting this decision. You hear a faint groaning noise; you turn around and see that the dirt by one of the graves is moving, pulsing almost! Suddenly a hand breaks through and the great, hulking, re-animated body of the late Inspector Daniel Clay crawls out. Screaming you turn to run but while you’ve been distracted, someone’s been creeping up behind you: the old man’s dead wife! Her arms, covered in blood and scratches are stretched out in front of her and shaking violently, she lunges towards you with her nails like claws and a mad look in her eye.

See, now isn’t that mildly terrifying?

-Queen of the Damned is one of the worst films ever made.

-Thinking about it if the whole thing was done well [better cast/script/props/effects & bigger budget] it has the potential to be a decent horror film. Aliens attacking, creepy zombies running around and a military cover up? This film is the result of a hot night of passion between the X Files and Night of the Living Dead.

-Silent Hill. Ugh. Let’s just not go there.

-There’s a coherent storyline throughout. Man’s wife dies. Man dies. Man and wife are brought back to life by aliens. Clueless humans. Military stuff. Small one to one battle with aliens. END. On paper it’s still better than most movies being produced at the moment.

-Sharktopus is the worst film ever made.

-It’s quite funny. I’ll take a leap of faith and assume that it wasn’t the intended point of the film, but that doesn’t stop the humour from shining through. A policeman scratching his head with a gun, incompetent aliens, teeny tiny graves that only look big enough for children and the best overacting you’ll ever see, I really hope I’m building a good enough case for you to watch this film.


-Actually I take it back, Twilight is the worst film ever made.

-It’s been said many times by lots of different people, but I’ll say it again, the worst sin a film can commit is being dull. Plan 9 From Outer Space, though as we know lacks a lot of things, it is by no means dull. [A camp romp involving aliens and dead people is how I like to think of it.]

-It’s inspired a fabulous musical, which has gotten better reviews than the original film. I like to think of it as a love letter to Edward D. Wood Jnr.

So to sum up, it’s unfair to call Plan 9 From Outer Space the worst film ever made. In all honestly it’s the best of all Ed Wood’s movies.

Next time: more about the actual worst films ever made.

About the Writer: Daisy is an irregular photographer, wannabe writer and full time female. In between tea and toast breaks she spends far too much time on the internet bloggingtumbling and tweeting. She is unapologetic in her love of the Spice Girls.


One Response to “Why Plan 9 From Outer Space isn’t the worst film ever made”


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