"Plan Nine from Outer Space" has been dubbed the worst movie ever made. To say that it was shot on a low budget gives one the impression that it had a budget to begin with. I remember seeing this movie on television back in the early 1960s (I was, and still am, a big fan of old time horror flicks).
For all of its numerous faults and idiotic premises, Plan Nine from Outer Space tells the UFO story as seen from the perspective of the general public back in the mid-50s. The parallels that can be drawn from the plot are uncanny. Who ever would have thought Ed Wood being the Nostradamus type?
Jeff Trent is watching the cemetery with his wife, Paula, and tells her about his flying saucer encounter, stating that the Army has sworn him to secrecy. He suspects the events at the cemetery are related to his encounter with the UFO. A powerful wind knocks everyone to the ground, and a spaceship lands nearby.In the weeks that follow, newspaper headlines report other flying saucer sightings. The military, under the command of Col. Thomas Edwards, Chief of Saucer Operations, attacks the alien spaceships, which flee Earth. Edwards reveals that the government has been covering up the flying saucers, and wonders if the aliens are connected to other disasters on Earth.
The aliens return to Space Station 7 for regeneration. Their commander, Eros, informs their ruler that he has attempted, unsuccessfully, to contact the governments of Earth. He says that to force the people of Earth to acknowledge his people's existence, he is implementing Plan 9, which involves resurrecting the recently dead by stimulating their pituitary and pineal glands. The three alien ships return to Earth. (Wikipedia)
This cinematic pig with lipstick has it all for the UFO crowd: flying saucers, government cover-up, disclosure, and zombies thrown into the mix. Oh, least I forget, the aliens were here to save the universe from the evil earthlings with their weapons of mass destruction. If there ever was a real CIA plan to infiltrate Hollywood to debunk UFOs and with very little tax payer expense, Plan Nine from Outer Space had to be it.
BTW, Rene Descartes had to be smiling from his grave knowing that aliens were resurrecting the dead by stimulating the pituitary and pineal glands...dualism alive and well in the Alpha Quadrant.
This movie can be viewed on-line at IMDb.
Update, 8/23/12: I watched the full movie last night via IMDb.com. Wow, Ed Wood saved a bundle on the props! This is actually two movies merged into one. Bela Lugosi had long died prior to the release of the film, Lugosi's film clips were from another Ed Wood project which he merged into the current film (see Wiki's article). Does Vampira even have a waist line?...freaky.
Odd clip from the film: Jeff Trent, the pilot, spots a "flying saucer" near his aircraft, but he tells his wife that it was "cigar" shaped. True to life inconsistant eye witness statements, but was this really the result of a poor script?
When you get the chance, read up on the Great Criswell, he was a long time radio personality in Hollywood.