01 March 2009

Plan 9 From Outer Space


I have watched this movie, I think I either stopped halfway through because it was boring, or I fastforwarded it.
A lot of people, or at least, I've read it in several places that people consider Plan 9 to be one of the worst, if not the worst film of all time. I'd like to offer an explanation as to why that is not true.

First we have to look (briefly) at what it is about Plan 9 that people think is so bad:
Low production values is the key. Visibly shoddy and fake sets, tombstones made out of cardboard, actors who may or may not be perceptibly drunk, plotlines that make no sense and in all likelyhood were cobbled together on the spot (be that on the "set" or in the editing room), stupid dialogue delivered by actors who were hired simply because they were cheap or drunk or looked creepy... ad nauseum, ad infinitum.

Ed Wood Jr. is very good at this, very good at being bad, so actually, he has a niche. Far be it from me to call anybody the somebody else of their time, but lets say he was the predecessor to Herschell Gordon Lewis and Roger Corman. He came from a different time, the film industry operated differently and so he didnt have the same MO. But listen here, he wanted to make films, and he wanted to make money at it, ultimately he was a pragmatist. Art is fine in these circumstanes, but incedental.

It would probably be easy for me to offer a set of examples of movies that are equally bad, and there are plenty, but that's not the point. The fact that so many people know about Plan 9, revere it for it's cheapness, make it a success, therefore it did its job, like Blood Feast or Death Race 2000.

That's just exploitation folks, and if it works there aint nothin bad about it.

Read my co-conspirators spin on the same pulp-art postcard at Gone to Croatoan

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