Sunday, May 17, 2015

Inside the PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE presskit

I've been vocal about my love for the so-called "worst movie ever made." PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE is the everything bagel of cinema, combining zombies, leftover Robin Hood costumes, a "real psychic," UFOs, crime films, stock footage of Bela Lugosi and an anti-war message to create one goddamn delicious fiasco.

Still, it's hard to believe anyone thought the movie needed a press kit. PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE was designed to be filler, scheduled to play after legitimate movies as a means to give theaters a few more hours to unload stale popcorn.

Which might explain why the movie's press kit is a modest four pages long. If you do the math, you'll note  that "four pages" actually means "one page." (It's a single sheet with printing on both sides, then folded in half.)  The flyer press kit also claims that Bela Lugosi died "shortly after production ended" on the movie. Lugosi actually died about three years before the film's release, and almost certainly before production on PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE even began.

Below are some highlights (and lowlights) from the film's 1958 presskit.

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