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->''"Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, [[CaptainObvious for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives]]. And remember my friend, future events such as these [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment will affect you in the future]]. [[FauxlosophicNarration You are interested in the unknown... the mysterious. The unexplainable]]. That is why you are here. And now, for the first time, we are bringing to you, the full story of [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble what happened on that fateful day]]. We are bringing you all the evidence, based only on the secret testimony, of the miserable souls, who survived this terrifying ordeal. The incidents, the places. My friend, we cannot keep this a secret any longer. Let us punish the guilty. Let us reward the innocent. My friend, can your heart stand the shocking facts about [[TitleDrop grave robbers from outer space]]?"''
-->-- '''[[{{Narrator}} Criswell]]''', opening lines[[note]]Note that this is billed as "Criswell Predicts", and he doesn't ''predict anything''.[[/note]]

In 1956, Creator/EdWood produced, directed and wrote a movie that was to change the world irrevocably, resurrect [[Creator/BelaLugosi Bela Lugosi]]'s ailing film career and be known forever as the greatest motion picture of all time. As it turned out, however, Bela Lugosi was {{dead|StarWalking}} and Ed Wood Jr. was a terrible writer and director, [[GiftedlyBad a man of unlimited drive and determination but absolutely no talent]]. But for just those qualities, it is often considered [[SoBadItsGood The Worst Movie Of All Time]]. Hey, in this case, one out of three ain't bad.

A classic tale of [[HumanAliens aliens]] creating {{zombie|Apocalypse}}s via administering "[[TechnoBabble long distance electrodes shot into the pineal and pituitary gland of the recent dead]]". The police department investigate the mysterious rising of a dead old man (played alternately by Bela Lugosi and [[FakeShemp a much taller, younger man pretending to be Bela Lugosi]], aided by a cape on his head), his suspiciously young wife and Police Inspector Clay, who's "a big boy now, Johnny". Meanwhile, "army brass" battles the aliens with a combination of StockFootage of artillery and impressive looking-through-binoculars in front of a curtain, only to reveal that the aliens have sent them messages that are often cut off by "[[SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay atmospheric conditions in outer space]]".

The aliens land and meet with the police, the pilot and an army colonel and belittle the humans for their "''stupid'' minds! Stupid, ''stupid''!" The head alien, [[SadlyMythtaken Eros]], explains that humanity will "stumble across" a way to explode [[UnitConfusion particles of sunlight]], thus eventually destroying the universe. The movie climaxes with a fight between Eros and the pilot and the spaceship taking off, leaving the reanimated corpses as skeletons before exploding in mid air. As they leave, Criswell says:

->''My friend, you have seen this incident based on sworn testimony. Can you prove that it didn't happen? Perhaps on your way home, you will pass someone in the dark, and you will never know it, for they will be from outer space. Many scientists believe that another world is watching us this moment. We once laughed at the horseless carriage, the aeroplane, the telephone, the electric light, vitamins, radio, and even television! And now some of us laugh at outer space. God help us... in the future.''

Every year, at the 24-hour film festival known as B-Fest, this movie is screened at midnight. There are a set of actions a la ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' that are performed with the film (yelling "DAY!" for day shots, "NIGHT!" for night shots, "NOT BELA!" for Bela's replacement, "BANG" whenever [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace someone displays poor firearm safety]] etc.).

Strangely, despite the sort of SoBadItsGood kitsch the show usually reveled in, this movie was ''never'' riffed on by ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. (There is a Podcast/RiffTrax of it, though, and they chose it for the first of what became a series of live shows.) Perhaps that's because it didn't really ''need'' the help...

Due to the expiration of its copyright, the film has fallen into the public domain, so check it out (either at [[http://www.archive.org/details/Plan_9_from_Outer_Space_1959 the Internet Archive]] or [[http://www.spike.com/video/plan-9-from-outer/2831785 Spike.com]]) and decide for yourself if this movie deserves its [[SoBadItsGood reputation]].

Two remakes are being made [[MilestoneCelebration in honor of the film's 50th anniversary]], and they are very different. One, produced by Drunkenflesh Films, will be known as ''Grave Robbers from Outer Space'', and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o93o0-_7Tvc aims to be a dark and modernized version, but low-budget like the original]] and released direct-to-video in time for Halloween. Another, produced by Darkstone Entertainment, is simply called ''Plan 9'' -- based on the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJh-gdpJxJo trailer]], with [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd James Rolfe in the cast]]. It looks to be the movie Ed Wood had in his head..

Due to SmallReferencePools, ''Plan Nine From Outer Space'' is frequently used as a shorthand for "really bad movie", especially by film critics. For example, a movie review might read "''Good Movie'' is ''Plan Nine'' compared to ''Excellent Movie''."

Also see ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'', ''Film/TheRoom'', ''Film/{{Troll 2}}'' and ''Film/{{Birdemic}}'' for some of ''Plan Nine'''s biggest competitors for Worst Movie Ever. Contrast with ''Film/CitizenKane'' (though Creator/TimBurton actually dared to ''compare'' ''Plan 9'' with ''Film/TouchOfEvil'' in ''Film/EdWood''.)[[note]]To be fair, he was comparing the same moviemaking difficulties, such as producer-enforced casting decisions.[[/note]] Not to be confused with the {{Konami}} AdventureGame based on the [[http://www.mobygames.com/game/plan-9-from-outer-space movie.]]
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!!Examples:
* AgeAppropriateAngst: Eros, who looks like a man in his fifties. Both the dialog and the way the actor delivers it makes him come off like a ten year old who's just had his video games taken away. The actress playing his assistant can be seen [[{{Corpsing}} laughing in the background]] during one of these tantrums.
--> "You see? You see? Your stupid minds! Stupid! STOOPID!"
* AlienGeometries: Characters have went a certain direction, decided to backtrack for no reason and STILL end up in a different location then the way they started at.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Toy flying saucers menacing your world? Defeat it with some California town folk and military stock footage. Said saucers only menaced one military company for all of five minutes and seemed most interested in screwing with one specific cemetery in one California town. You can't blame the rest of the world for not wanting to get involved.
* ApocalypseHow
* ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics: It says something about the film's grasp of physics that the Eros's claim that an H-bomb works by "exploding the very air itself" is probably the ''least'' serious science goof on offer.
* AuthorAppeal: Angora makes its usual appearance.
* BenevolentAlienInvasion
* BMovie: And ''how''!
* BrokenAesop: The aliens trying to stop humanity from accidentally destroying the universe are presented as the ''bad guys''. One has to admit that reanimating the dead into brainless ghouls is a...less effective way to accomplish this purported goal.
** Keep in mind, at this point, they've become desperate, as eight previous plans failed.
* CampGay: The alien leader, played by Bunny Breckenridge, who was in fact openly gay.
** Don't forget Eros, played by [[UnfortunateNames Dudley Manlove]].
* CampStraight: Criswell, amazingly enough.
* [[CantArgueWithElves Can't Argue with Aliens]]: Mostly just because they suck at arguing. "No, ''you'' hold on!"
* CaptainObvious:
-->"Inspector Clay is dead... murdered. And ''somebody'' is responsible!"
-->"Visits? Well, that would indicate visitors!"[[note]]Spoken by a character who was wearing US Army Captain's bars, making him a LITERAL Captain Obvious.[[/note]]
-->"...and they attacked a town. Not a large town, I must admit, but a town of people: people who died!"
-->"Future events such as these will affect you in the future."
* ClownCarGrave
* CreatorCameo: Ed Wood as the NoMoreForMe guy.
** He's also the man holding the newspaper screaming about flying saucer invasions.
* DanBrowned: ''Anybody'', but in particular, physicists: "A ray of sunlight is made up of ''many'' atoms!"
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Everything Criswell says. "Future events such as these will affect you... in the future," among many others.
* DownerEnding: Humans learn ''nothing'', and it's implied that they'll do exactly what the aliens feared, hence Criswell's warning at the end.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: An alien comes to Earth to explain that, since HumansAreBastards, they will not stop at atom bombs and hydrogen bombs, and will soon produce the solaronite bomb, which, by exploding sunlight and everything it touches, will create a chain reaction destroying the universe.
* EpicFail: Apparently how those eight previous plans ended. Plan 9 doesn't go any better.
* ExplosiveInstrumentation: The aliens set their ship on fire by pulling out a console to use as a club.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: let's just say that it's not hard to see why the 8 previous plans didn't work.
* FakeShemp: One of the most notorious and badly done examples of this trope in the history of film.
* FauxlosophicNarration: Criswell's narration throughout.
* FlyingSaucer: ''Not'' hubcaps-on-strings as is commonly thought; they were, in fact, [[OffTheShelfFX toys]].
** Though they are plainly saucers, and referred to as such throughout the film, the pilot refers to it as "shaped like a huge cigar," which is another common description of [=UFO=]s. [[Podcast/{{RiffTrax}} Mike Nelson]] [[SarcasmMode clarifies]] that it was "A saucer-shaped cigar."
** And then when they land they have right angles, like a shed.
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: When the colorized version was produced, the makers of the colorization had a contest where two separate winners got a picture of them added to a scene in the pilot's wife's bedroom, and the other winner got their name added to the headstone seen in the closeup when Inspector Clay is found dead.
* GuiltyPleasures: Delightful when viewed as a G-rated comedy.
* {{Handwave}}: The bizarre setup in which the Old Man is interred in a crypt while his beloved wife is buried away from him is explained as "a family tradition".
** Just let that sink in. Of all the strange things that happen in the movie, this small detail is the one thing they had the foresight to try and explain away.
* HaveAGayOldTime:
-->'''Soldier:''' Looks like we've beat them off again, sir.
-->'''Captain:''' Who are they? Where do they come from? Where are they going?
-->'''[[Podcast/{{Rifftrax}} Mike Nelson:]]''' And why are we [[ADateWithRosiePalms beating them off]]?
** A co-pilot invites the stewardess to "ball it up" in Albuquerque. The intended context is to go to a ball, but Ed Wood's dialog has always had sexual undertones, so perhaps subconsciously...
* HollywoodDarkness: Done erratically, to the point day switches to night and vice versa from shot to shot.
* HumanAliens
* HumansAreMorons: "Because all you of earth are ''idiots''!"
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The humans respond to Eros's warnings about the dangers of creating a "solaranite bomb" by starting a fight and destroying his space ship.
* IdiotBall: Practically everyone, to the point of IdiotPlot.
** Eros has it the worst, though. For one thing, he spends the entire movie trying to deviously avoid the humans noticing him, while simultaneously getting frustrated to the point of hissy-fits that the humans aren't paying attention to him. Also, his plan to destroy all of human civilization was apparently to use three zombies, possibly hoping that they would scare people to death.
** If it were possible to ignite photos so they become a WeaponOfMassDestruction, Eros would be better off ''giving'' humans the secret of Solaranite. After all, if the humans use it, they'll die in eight minutes, while the force of the blast will take at ''least'' 40 years to get to Alpha Centauri, and probably ''thousands'' of years to reach other habitable planets. By that time, the light could probably be defused by then.
* InformedAbility: The advanced nature of the aliens. The humans admit that they're "far ahead of us" as their spaceship screams flaming and exploding through the sky, thanks to their own stupidity.
--> '''[[Podcast/{{RiffTrax}} Bill Corbett]]:''' Yeah, look at those crafty alien bastards; we could ''never'' do that!
** Considering how rock stupid the humans are in this film, they ''are'' "far ahead of us".
* InherentlyFunnyWords: The Dictorobitery.
* ItsAlwaysSunnyAtFunerals
* JugglingLoadedGuns: The actor playing Lieutenant Harper purposely pointed at things with his revolver to see if Ed Wood would reshoot the scenes. [[TheShowMustGoOn He didn't.]]
* LargeHamAnnouncer: The short narration by The Amazing Criswell.
* LostAesop: "You know, it's an interesting thing when you consider... The Earth people, who can think, are so frightened by those who cannot: the dead."
* MissingStepsPlan: Apparently Plan 9 goes "Step one: raise three zombies, two of whom think they're vampires, in a small town. Step two: ???? Step three: Earth doesn't destroy the universe." One wonders how much they paid [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark the Underpants Gnomes]].
* {{Mondegreen}}: According to Kathy Wood, Ed had the Bible open when writing the screenplay, and came upon the phrase "soul of a knight", which is where "solaranite" came from. The rest of the cast keep mispronouncing it ("solernite", "solonite", etc.)
** From the Podcast/RiffTrax commentary: "I'mma go do Levytown."[[note]]He actually said, "I really do love ya, babe."[[/note]]
* NoMoreForMe: Played ''[[DeadHorseTrope straight]]''.
* NoSuchThingAsSpaceJesus: Averted.
* NoodleIncident: The previous eight plans.
-->'''[[Podcast/RiffTrax Kevin:]]''' Maybe they should have went with Plan 10.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Tor Johnson, as the curiously Swedish-accented Inspector Clay.
** Only under the direction of the director, which was a common theme among Tor's speaking roles in movies. In reality, he was also a businessman who eventually lost most, if not all, of his accent.
* OddlySmallOrganization: The entire alien fleet? Three aliens ships with, seemingly, three or four aliens inside. And the titular plan only succeeds in creating a mere ''three'' zombies.
* OffscreenCrash: The explanation for the "old man" dying. Note that the old man's standing shadow is clearly visible and stationary when he's supposed to be getting hit by a car, not to mention that the trees blowing in the wind suddenly freeze.
--> ''(the scene cuts from the old man screaming to an ambulance racing by, with no sound effect indicating a car crash)''\\
'''[[Podcast/RiffTrax Mike Nelson]]:''' Uh, did he die or did he get a job as an ambulance driver?
* OffTheShelfFX
* OneDimensionalThinking: The reason the police officer died.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. David [=DeMering=] as Danny in addition to Tor Johnson as Inspector Daniel Clay.
* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Averted; in a scene that could have been [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot quite interesting]], it turns out that the aliens, too, believe in {{God}}.
* PleaseWakeUp: Tanna to Eros (who probably doesn't wake up because she's mispronouncing his name!)
* RecklessGunUsage: The cops seemed to be either retarded, suicidal or their ''characters'' are really supposed to be carrying toy guns. One cop keeps his finger on the trigger at all times, whips the gun around treating it like his pointer finger, he even scratches his head with it. Reportedly, the actor was doing this on purpose to see if Creator/EdWood would call him on it. Wood didn't.
** Jeff fires at Eros' console when he goes over to use it, despite stating before he was going to show them the hostages with it. Jeff had no idea what might happen if he damaged ship components randomly.
* Podcast/{{Rifftrax}}
* ShapedLikeItself: "Visits? That would indicate visitors", among others.
* ShiftingTheBurdenOfProof: "Can you prove it didn't happen?" Can you prove Santa Claus isn't real?
* ShutUpHannibal: "That's all I'm taking from you." (SLAP!)
** Also done by Eros to Tanna when she is lecturing the humans...for no real apparent reason other than - according to Kevin Murphy - "'This is ''my'' bullshit lecture!'".
* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay: "Atmospheric conditions in outer space."
* SpiritualSuccessor: Hilariously, this film, the legendary ''bad'' fifties sci-fi movie, has almost ''exactly the same plot'' as ''[[Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951 The Day The Earth Stood Still]],'' the quintessential sci-fi film of the era, just without the budget, script, talent, production values, etc.
* StayInTheKitchen: One of the reasons the aliens are so incompetent is that Eros is willing to shout down Tanna, despite the fact that she's been assigned to his ship. The source of the aliens' food is [[MST3KMantra never revealed]], so one can only really assume that she's been put there on equal terms.
* StealthPun: If this is Plan 9, it's left for people to wonder what Plan 8 was. Say it phonetically.
* StockFootage: Lots, most notably the military firing at the flying saucers.
** Then there was Lugosi's footage, filmed for a couple of unrealized Wood projects and then awkwardly inserted into ''Plan 9'' after Lugosi's death.
* StrangeSalute: "[[Podcast/RiffTrax Cover nipples]]!"
* TheresNoBInMovie: Often employed for this purpose.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Eros and Tanna.
* TitleDrop: Sort of. Criswell ends his opening narration with "grave robbers from outer space," the film's original title. It was supposedly changed from "Grave Robbers" to "Plan 9" at the request of the Baptist ministers [[ExecutiveMeddling financing the film.]]
* TooDumbToLive: ''Everyone'' in the ''entire Universe'', but especially Eros, who seems to think that the way to convince mankind of the extreme danger a potential scientific discovery holds is to call a group of armed humans stupid. Repeatedly.
** Not to mention his plan to take revenge for humans ignoring the existence of aliens by killing the few people who do believe in them.
** And then setting your own ship on fire by using critical instrumentation as a blunt-force weapon.
* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes: "Take a can of your gasoline."
* TheUnintelligible: Inspector Clay, unintentionally. At B-Fest, the proper response to each of his lines is "WHAT?"
* UnitConfusion: Constant references to "sunlight particles", which are apparently "made of many atoms."
* VillainousBreakdown: One of the most bizarrely sudden ones in history. ("You see? YOU SEE? Your ''stupid minds!'' ''STUPID! STUPID!'')
* VisibleBoomMic: Ed! Pay attention! Averted if you watch the film in matted widescreen, as it was originally composed for.
* ZombieGait
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