Saturday, January 22, 2011
Edward D. Wood Jr. - Plan 9 from Outer Space [Colourised] (1959)
Plan 9 From Outer Space (originally titled as Grave Robbers from Outer Space) is a 1959 science fiction/horror film written and directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr. The film features Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson and Maila "Vampira" Nurmi. The film bills Béla Lugosi posthumously as a star, although footage of the actor had been shot by Wood for another film just before Lugosi's death in 1956.
Plot: In San Fernando, California, two gravediggers are filling the grave of a deceased woman, the young wife of an old man. Suddenly they hear a strange noise and decide to leave the cemetery. As they turn to leave, the resurrected corpse of the old man's wife (played by Vampira) attacks and kills them. As one of them dies, a tombstone is knocked over, and the actors pick it up and put it back in place, despite their characters being dead. Meanwhile, in the skies nearby, a pilot named Jeff Trent (played by Gregory Walcott) and his co-pilot Danny encounter a flying saucer.
Absorbed in his grief over his wife's death, the old man (played by Béla Lugosi) walks out of his house and into the path of an oncoming automobile. At his funeral, two mourners discover the bodies of the gravediggers. Inspector Daniel Clay (played by Tor Johnson), along with several police officers, come to the cemetery to investigate. While searching the graveyard, Clay encounters the female zombie, who is now joined by the corpse of the old man. Clay is attacked and killed.
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 about what he saw. He suspects that whatever is happening in the cemetery is related to his encounter with the UFO. Suddenly, 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 Colonel Thomas Edwards, Chief of Saucer Operations, finally attacks the alien spaceships, which flee Earth. Edwards reveals that the government has been covering up the flying saucer visits to Earth, and wonders if the alien visits 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 tells the Ruler that to force the people of Earth to acknowledge his people's existence, he is implementing Plan 9, which involves resurrecting people who have recently died by stimulating their pituitary and pineal glands. The three alien ships return to Earth.