YMMV: Plan 9 from Outer Space

  • Designated Hero: Jeff. Honestly, he could be considered the villain.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Ed Wood's cameo as a drunken bum, which is pretty much what he would become in his later years.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Delightful when viewed as a G-rated comedy.
  • Inferred Holocaust: Plan 9 is to stop humanity building a "solaranite bomb" and destroying the universe. Yet Plan 9 fails. What does this mean for the universe? Given that it's the Plan 9 Universe, total destruction may be merciful.
  • Magnum Opus: Yes AND No. Plan 9 isn't all that great a movie but the combination of So Bad, It's Good and Memetic Mutation assures all that we will never forget this one, Ed.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Future events such as these will affect you in the future" and several other Department of Redundancy Department lines.
    • "You see? YOU SEE? Your stupid minds! Stupid! STUPID!"
  • Older Than They Think: Criswell's opening line — "We are all interested in the future for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives" — is often held up as one of Wood's classically clunky lines. In actual fact, Criswell used that as the intro line for his TV show for several years before Plan 9 was filmed (and continued to do so afterward), though he usually gave it a much wryer delivery than he does in Plan 9witness it in action in his appearance on the Johnny Carson New Year's Special in 1966.
  • So Bad, It's Good, apparently enough to have an operating system named after it. And a video game, and a label company, and three bands, and some other stuff.
  • Special Effect Failure: The tombstones wobble when people hit them. Also, the flying saucers which are square when they land and are visibly suspended from strings.
  • Strawman Has a Point: If, and only if, such a device that could blow up not only the world but the universe were plausible - then these visiting aliens would have a good point in trying to prevent it from being built. They really need to work on their methods though...
  • They Just Didn't Care:
    • Watch the black police car closely every time it approaches the graveyard. It's a 1957 Ford heading up the road, a 1955 Ford when it arrives on set.
    • The red lights appear and disappear depending on what set the cars are on.
    • The flying saucer, which is described as "cigar-shaped", that becomes a squared-off storage shed thing when it lands.
      • To be fair, Ed Wood had No Budget.
      • Though the cigar line is actually based on genuine UFO reports from pilots.
    • Bela Lugosi grows about a foot and hides his face behind a cape when his body double takes over, and we're not supposed to notice.
  • Woolseyism: The fact that some subtitled and dubbed versions have better writing than the actual movie is less of a show of the translators' skills and more damning evidence of the movie's own ineptitude. Just being able to truncate the redundant dialogue and make some phrases sound much more natural is an improvement already.