Plan 9 from Outer Space (1958)

USA, 1958
79m
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono (RCA Sound Recording), English
Reviewed at The

An American science fiction film directed by Edward D. Wood Jr.

Plot Summary

attempt to conquer the Earth using Plan Nine – a diabolical scheme to raise and control the dead. Only a determined group of humans stand between them and world domination.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Edward D. Wood Jr
© MCMLVIII [1958] by Reynolds Pictures, Inc.
A Distributors Corporation of America release
Executive Producer: J. Edward Reynolds
Produced by: Edward D. Wood Jr
Associate Producers: Hugh Thomas Jr, Charles Burg
Production Manager: Kirk Kirkham
Written by: Edward D. Wood Jr
Assistant Director: Willard Kirkham
Script Supervisor: Diana N. Loomis
Director of Photography: William C. Thompson
Grip: Art Manikin
Stills: Larry Smith *
Film Editor: Edward D. Wood Jr
Film Processing: Pathé Laboratory
Music Supervisor: Gordon Zahler
Library Music: “Desolate Village” by Bruce Campbell; “Uneasy Sleep“, “Generator House” by Wolf Droysen; “Grip of the Law“, “Dark Traffic“, “The Web Tightens“, “Lynch Fever” by Trevor Duncan; “Dark of the Moon“, “Mystic Night“, “Hypertension“, “Vigil” by Franz Mahl; “In Your Arms” by John O'Notes; “The Tyrant“, “Manhunt“, “Homicide Squad“, “Mystic“, “Remorse” by Van Phillips; “Dry Throat” by Steve Race; “Hourglass” by Ward Sills; “Operation Room” by James Stevens; “Toward Adventure” by Gilbert Vinter [all *]
Sound: Dale Knight
Wardrobe: Dick Chaney
Makeup: Tom Bartholomew
Special Effects: Charles Duncan
Electrical Effects: Jim Woods
Set Dresser: Harry Reif
Set Construction: Tom Kemp
Production Assistant: Donald A. Davis
Filmed in Hollywood, U.S.A.
Locations: San Fernando, California, USA *
Studio: Quality Studios, Hollywood, California, USA *

Cast
Tor Johnson (Inspector [Daniel] Clay)
Vampira (vampire girl)
Tom Keene (Colonel [Tom] Edwards)
Gregory Walcott (Jeff Trent)
Dudley Manlove (Eros)
Mona McKinnon (Paula Trent)
Duke Moore (Lieutenant [John] Harper)
Joanna Lee (Tanna)
Carl Anthony (Patrolman Larry)
Norma McCarty (Edith)
David De Mering (Danny)
Bill Ash (captain)
Conrad Brooks (policeman)
Gloria Dea (girl [in cemetery])
Ben Frommer (man [in cemetery])
Paul Marco (Patrolman Kelton)
Bela Lugosi (ghoul man)
John Breckinridge (ruler)
Lyle Talbot (General [Roberts])
Reverend Lynn Lemon (reverend)
Criswell
Johnny Duncan *
Karl Johnson [Farmer Colter] *
Tom Mason [elderly man] *
J. Edward Reynolds, Hugh Thomas Jr [gravediggers] *
Edward D. Wood Jr [mourner at old man's funeral] *
Donald A. Davis [drunk] *
Marcus Hutton [organ player] *

Alternative Titles

Grave Robbers from Outer Space – working title
Piano 9 da un altro spazio – Italy
Plan 9 aus dem Weltall – Germany
The Vampire's Tomb – working title

Sequel
Plan 10 from Outer Space (1994)

Extracts included in
Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora (1994)
Flying Saucers Over Hollywood: The Plan 9 Companion (1992)
It Came from Hollywood (1982)
Night of the Creeps (1986)

See also
Ed Wood (1994)

Press

1959
Motion Picture Herald vol.216 no.6 (8 August 1959) p.364
This J. Edward Reynolds production is but another in the apparently endless stream of minor-effort science-fiction played out with an obvious eye on the type of audience not particularly concerned with logic and clamors only for weirdness, the further out in unknown areas the better. – from a review by AMW

1960
The Daily Cinema no.8269 (17 February 1960) p.10
Obviously made on a shoe string, this picture is too naïvely written, directed and acted to make more than a double biller for the least demanding audiences. Its X certificate and some quite smart special effects are the best selling aspects of it. – from a review by F.J.

Monthly Film Bulletin vol.27 no.315 (April 1960) p.54
A routine idea, crudely written, directed and acted provides, just about the weakest SF-cum-horror thriller to come out of Hollywood in years. The late Bela Lugosi is seen sadly as a ghoul. – from an uncredited review

References

Periodicals

  • Castle of Frankenstein no.22 p.41
  • The Daily Cinema no.8269 (17 February 1960) p.10 – review (by F.J.)
  • Filmfax no.55 p.22 – review
  • Films and Filming no.352 (January 1984) p.4 – note (Newsreel: Video releases)
  • Hollywood no.9 (July 1996) p.72 (Croatia) – article (by Jasna Nanut)
  • Kine Weekly no.2734 (25 February 1960) p.22 – credits, review
  • Midnight Marquee no.49 p.73 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.27 no.315 (April 1960) p.43 – credits, synopsis, review (uncredited)
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.216 no.6 (8 August 1959) p.364 – credits, review (by AMW)
  • Scarlet Street no.16 p.54 – review
  • Starburst no.35 (1981) pp.38-41 – illustrated article by Phil Edwards and Derek Treborne
  • TV Filmes October 1997 – review

Newspapers

  • Svenska Dagbladet 2 June 1995 – review (Woods postuma karriär kulminerar by Jeanette Gentele)

Books

  • 500 Essential Cult Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Jennifer Eiss with J.P. Rutter and Steve White p.166 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.162 – credits, review
  • BFI Screen Guides: 100 Science Fiction Films by Barry Keith Grant pp.115-116 – illustrated credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.307-308 – credits
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.234-235 – credits, review
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.50 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.372 – credits
  • Silver Screen Saucers: Sorting Fact from Fantasy in Hollywood's UFO Movies by Robbie Graham p.69
  • The Vampire in Science Fiction Film and Literature by Paul Meehan pp.39, 186-189, 200, 208
  • The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia by Peter Dendle p.136-137 – credits, review