There might be no better way to spend Halloween than with a few drinks and the train-wreck that is Plan 9 From Outer Space, widely accepted as the worst movie ever made. Released in 1956 after being written and directed by Ed Wood, the legacy of the film lives on through Wood’s biopic – where he was played by Johnny Depp – and as the movie Jerry, George and Elaine were going to see in “The Chinese Restaurant” episode of Seinfeld.
The ridiculous plot centers on aliens coming to earth and raising the dead in a twisted attempt to stop living humans from creating a doomsday device. Honestly, I have no idea how to clearly describe what happens. Just know that silent movie actor Bela Lugosi was advertised as the star of the movie despite the fact he was dead by the time it hit theaters and much of his role was filmed with the intended use of a totally different project.
But if you’re able to sit through the 80-minutes of terrible effects and actors hamming it up for the cameras, there’s certain likability to the whole disaster. It set the standard for laughably dumb movies, boasting a charisma strong enough to garner a 45% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
From that site’s description:
With its incoherent plot, jaw-droppingly odd dialogue, inept acting, threadbare production design, and special effects so shoddy that they border on the surreal, Plan 9 From Outer Space has often been called the worst movie ever made. But it’s an oddly endearing disaster; boasting genuine enthusiasm and undeniable charm, it is the work of people who loved movies and loved making them, even if they displayed little visible talent.