Monday, May 20, 2013

PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE In Color / Reynolds Pictures - 1959

It's time for us to post this wild 'n' weird colorized flick from the mind of low/no-budget guru, Ed Wood, Jr. PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE was part 2 of a trilogy, starting with BRIDE OF THE MONSTER and ending with NIGHT OF THE GHOULS. The film stock for NIGHT OF THE GHOULS was never developed during Ed's lifetime as he couldn't afford the cost of processing!..

Criswell leads the charge in the fun little soundclip Eegah!! sent over for our listening enjoyment, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button right there, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula! Here's our audio offering for... PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE In Color!

It all starts with our hero seeing a flying saucer near LA during a flight!

Then, he gets in a tizzy at home because he's being muzzled by the military brass! You can hear him complain in the soundclip...

Hey, it's a freakin' flying saucer over Hollywood!!

So, the military stock footage is brought in to battle the disks from outer space!

That mother ship is still one of my all-time favorite spaceships from the fifties, I've used it a few times in my artwork.

Here's a last look at the great Bela Lugosi...

And, his doctor double used to fill in for him.

That miniature caved in gravesite is sooo bad, it's very small to start with, and, those leaves!

There's Kelton, who's supposed to be in that same hole!

It's a hoot to watch Tor try and get out of the grave, he has to squirm around until he barely gets into a position to stand up! They loop it on the DVD menu page.

A comparison of military styles from two different worlds!

At one point, Bela's character attacks the gang but a ray from a saucer in the graveyard turns him into a skeleton!.. Talk about suspension of disbelief, WTF?!! And, Kelton faints!

A classic portrait of Vampira and Tor!

The Lieutenant, the Colonel and Jeff find the hidden saucer and cautiously enter...

Now, Tor has Jeff's wife!

This still shows the utter cheapness of the cruddy set, holy crap, I mean, honestly, a second grader could do just as good, maybe better!!!..

Okay, burn the saucer, cut, that's a wrap!!..

We'll end with this kitsch box art for the 8mm version of this classic fifties B-movie monster flick.


Douglas McEwan said...

Colorizing Plan 9 destroys its artistic integrity. What's next? Colorizing Citizen Kane? The Kansas sequences in The Wizard of Oz? The... Oh wait. I forgot. Plan 9 is crap. Never mind.

TABONGA! said...

Douglas - They colorized BRIDE OF THE MONSTER too, maybe NIGHT OF THE GHOULS will be next, I have every colorized horror or sci-fi flick in my collection..

Douglas McEwan said...

I was, of course, just being silly, but pretty much the only colorized films I have are ones colorized by someone who worked on the film, like Harryhausen's colorized It Came From Beneath the Sea, Earth vs the Flying Saucers, and 20 Million Miles to Earth. At least there, it's the artist who is doing it, and as Ray says on the commentary tracks, if they could have shot them in color then, they would have. But boy, one does not want to try and sell me a colorized Bride of Frankenstein or Cat People.

Wood's films are such schlock, that there's little anyone could do to them that wouldn't be an improvement.

TABONGA! said...

Douglas - I watched the colorized versions of IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA and EARTH vs THE FLYING SAUCERS just last weekend!

Greg Goodsell said...

I had the privilege to see this version of PLAN 9 on the big screen at the Edwards Cinema awhile back. Rifftrax, the guys behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 did a cracker-jack job and I laughed until the cows came home.

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