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Saturday Night at the Movies

By Alan Kelly.

Ed Wood’s seminal disasterpiece Plan 9 from Outer Space is widely held as possibly the WORST film ever made.That accolade has yet to be usurped, though I’m excluding the 80s creative outlets (or lack thereof). Based on a story by Ray Bradbury – oh no wait, that’s ‘It Came from Outer Space’ – starring Elvira’s mortal enemy Maila Nurmi (R.I.P. doll) and Bela Lugosi (R.I.P. cock), and directed by the irreverent cross-dresser Ed Wood, Plan 9 has provided the template for numerous invasion movies. It’s the film that launched a thousand cigar shaped UFOs. And one I love dearly.

As a kid, when I wasn’t prowling for predatory older men to sodomize me, I was absorbed by fantasies of murdering my class-mates, distracted by my mother’s alcoholism and dragging-up with fur coats and sequined frocks I stole off my aunt Margaret – oh and watching everything from Faces of Death to Melrose Place obsessively. I’m digressing, so sue me.


I was handed the baton to write about cult trashy films so I’ll keep this brief (I have birds to feed): basically the plot is about intergalactic grave-robbers and I can’t remember the rest. I think I heard something about a remake (hardly surprising really, Americans are obsessed with remakes (and won’t watch anything European because the subtitles are too much for them and refuse to watch anything else unless everything is computer generated, like fish eating Kelly Brook)) and that made me chuckle.

Elvira told me recently that she walked off a plane when she was forced to watch this (or thought about it anyway) and the film moves through so many pop channels that it’s harder to pin down than a butterfly. Anyway, I have nothing more to add. Watch the film.

First posted: Saturday, September 4th, 2010.

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