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Schlock Value: Plan 9 from Outer Space [Jul. 22nd, 2008|03:20 pm]


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Just like Orson Welles before him, Edward D. Wood, Jr. wrote, produced and directed; the works of both men are discussed in film classes and featured in festivals. However, Wood certainly didn't enjoy the same attention as Welles, not during his lifetime.

Instead, Wood's films, Plan 9 from Outer Space, in particular, enjoy the reputation as some of the worst films of all time; although there are those who dispute the reputation is deserved. A bit out of time and, perhaps, sense, Ed Wood movies nevertheless have found brand new generations of audiences, especially since Tim Burton released the movie, Ed Wood, in 1994, featuring Johnny Depp as the lead.

People who enjoy groaners most likely will enjoy Plan 9 from Outer Space. By this I mean the types of folks, like myself, who enjoy bad puns and a bit of schlock value. Don't expect a fancy production or much in the way of cunning dialogue, and you won't be disappointed! His films, while revealing much in the way of social contradictions, reflect the general naivete of the 1950's.

The cheesy effects are precious. During the graveyard scenes you can see markers wobbling or falling down after an actor has gotten a bit too close. And, mysteriously, day turns to night and back again all in what is supposedly one scene. Wood did not have the budget to be concerned with continuity. He grabbed all the footage possible, regardless of mistakes. Many times, it seems, he was trying to wrap up filming before being chased away for not having a permit to film.

The movie posthumously "starred" Bela Lugosi based on footage Wood had on hand from another derailed picture. Much of what is supposed to be Lugosi's character is actually played by a local chiropractor who was far taller than Lugosi. Even if you can't suspend disbelief here, the obviousness will give you a chuckle. Gun safety advocates will get a rise from the detective who uses his gun to scratch an itch, to adjust his hat and as a pointer; he doesn't seem too worried about pointing it at his fellow officers, either.

The movie also starred the wasp-waisted Vampira, the first horror TV hostess, and Tor Johnson, a weightlifter and pro-wrestler who started his strongman career in the 1930s. Like Lugosi and Wood, these stars gained their own cult followings in later years.

The backgrounds for the following icons were captured from my own copy of Plan 9 from Outer Space. This is just a sample. 24 more icons follow the LJ-cut. If you enjoy any enough to grab, please copy (no hotlinking), comment (let me know which you liked the best) and credit fringekitty and iconophiles and of course, Plan 9.

What a load of bull! The Amazing Criswell Superior in Satin
1 2 3

You can watch the movie for free online at:

It burns! It's a Cinch! How about a little necking?
4 5 6
Eyes on the Skies Unidentified Flying Hubcap Oh, really?
7 8 9
Watchout! Saucers Seen Over Hollywood Ridiculous!
10 11 12
Sleepwalking You should see the other guy! Look at the time!
13 14 15
Have a look at this! Holding Pattern Mothership
16 17 18
Suburban Secrets: Why Is This Woman Smiling? Coming 4 U Don't worry.  I'll be right back
19 20 21
Plan 9 Parking: is that ours beside the silver hearse? Plan 9 from Outer Space Drama!
22 23 24
Eye Roll Hayfever Nice Clipboard!
25 26 27


[User Picture]From: mlfoley
2008-07-30 02:38 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Took 2 and 16.
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[User Picture]From: fringekitty
2008-12-31 04:03 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked them!

After months, I'm finally tending to the icons again. I just loaded a bunch for the movie, Caveman. Let me know what you think.
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[User Picture]From: mlfoley
2008-12-31 06:52 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've seen that film. What is it about?
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[User Picture]From: madeelly
2008-12-18 07:37 am (UTC)
I love these! Took 8. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: fringekitty
2008-12-31 04:05 pm (UTC)
:-) UR welcome! They were fun to make with such great material.
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