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This Day in Pop Culture for July 22

Plan 9 from Outer Space

1959: The Worst Movie Ever Made?

Long before the Razzies was thing, Ed Wood’s infamous Plan 9 from Outer Space was dubbed “the worst movie ever made” by many critics. The “thriller”, which was released on this day in 1959, starred Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson and Maila “Vampira” Nurmi and Bela “Dracula” Lugosi. The plot features alien beings who seek to stop humans from creating a doomsday weapon that would destroy the universe. They do this by implementing “Plan 9” and resurrecting dead bodies on earth. Why this would work is never explained. Lugosi actually died before the film was finished. Wood repurposed silent footage of Lugosi in “Tomb of the Vampire” and occasionally had a crew member dress up like the man for other scenes. The film is riddled with mistakes in dialogue, continuity and props, but worse yet, it’s terribly dull.

Birthdays

  • 1934: Louise Fletcher (actress)
  • 1940: Alex Trebek (game show host)
  • 1943: Bobby Sherman (singer)
  • 1946: Danny Glover (actor)
  • 1947: Albert Brooks (actor)
  • 1949: Alan Menken (composer)
  • 1955: Willem Dafoe (actor)
  • 1964: John Leguizamo (actor)
  • 1964: David Spade (actor)
  • 1967: Rhys Ifans (actor)
  • 1992: Selena Gomez (singer)
  • 1994: Jaz Sinclair (actor)
  • 1996: Skyler Gisondo (actor)

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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