Holiday viewing: ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’

By Arturo Garcia
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 0:00 EDT
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Plan 9 From Outer Space
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In his opening monologue for Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space, the psychic Criswell declares, “We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.” In a bizarre way, the movie has proved him right, as both it and its quixotic writer, editor and director have achieved a timeless quality — though maybe not for the reasons Wood originally intended.

Originally titled Grave Robbers From Outer Space, Wood’s accidentally seminal sci-fi clunker isn’t loved because it’s good — the film review site Rotten Tomatoes lists it with a score of 66 percent, while calling it “an oddly endearing disaster” — but because it was a labor of love for Wood, who assembled a coterie of characters in their own right to bring his characters to life, a process dramatized in Tim Burton’s 1994 biopic Ed Wood.

So if you, like Criswell, are interested in the unknown, the mysterious, and the unexplainable — or if you just want to put the holiday festivities on hold for 78 minutes — sit back and take in Wood’s vision, as posted at The Internet Archive, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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