Today I watch a horror movie classic, in that it’s been widely lauded as one of the worst Science Fiction movies of all time: Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space.
Plan 9 From Outer Space, 1959, Valiant Pictures
This movie has been a classic because of all the bad movies out there, it’s one of the most highly watchable bad films. It goes through bad and out the other end to where it’s ridiculously funny. Cheap sets, bad costumes and frankly weird directorial decisions and a nonsensical plot (space people raise 3 zombies for… reasons) line make this a drunken elementary school pageant of a production. Highlights include:
“My God, I’m SHINY!”
Gun Safety Poster Boy
Tor “Time For Go To Bed Now” Johnson
This is a great movie to watch with friends and a couple of beers. And for added fun, follow it up with The Lost Skeleton of Cadavera, which is a brilliantly funny parody movie that borrows all Ed Woodliness of this movie and hangs a lampshade on it.
Today, I watched a classic Monster B-Movie, that wins the best movie song award: The Blob (1958)
This one features Steeve McQueen as a “young teen” that rallies a town to defend itself from an interstellar parasite that devours and absorbs flesh.
17 going on 28.
As far as movies go, this one certainly has a more sophisticated, compellingly written and well shot production quality, and is just plain entertaining. I love the cast, the varied characters, the real struggle of the teens fighting for their town and the people who eventually help champion them. My only complaint is that the pacing can get a bit slow in places.
It’s also not afraid to laugh at itself, which any horror movie should be if it can help it.
I think there’s some requirement that all 50’s SciFi movies contain a character named “Steve.”
I remember seeing this one when I was younger, and finding the blob pretty terrifying. I mean, it “dissolves” you. How horrible is that?
It also makes a great marinade.
As a parting gift I leave you with The Blob drinking game:
Every time someone says “Steve,” take a drink. Don’t die.