Sunday, March 6, 2016

Cinema Cycle - Plan 9 From Outer Space


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE REVIEWED: 03/04/2016


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 20 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 9.7 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 4303.5 miles

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SYNOPSIS: Aliens try and take over earth, but are forced to use mutant zombies to try and bend the will of the uppity earth people.

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CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER:   The last vestiges of the red paranoia / communist threat similar to “War of the Worlds” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, only done very cheaply.

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PROS AND CONS:  This film falls into that category of, ‘it is so bad it is good’ film.  Much has been said about Ed Wood and his magnum opus and most of it is true.  It is so bad, that it approaches a sort of cult stylishness that went way beyond campy.  

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Even so, after having waited two decades since my last screening, I have a slightly different bent on the film.  Ed was trying to make a pretty profound statement here, similar to the plot of “The Day The Earth Stood Still”, but he missed the mark.  

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It didn’t help that he threw everything but the kitchen sink into the production (aliens, zombies, saucers, fist fights, graveyards) to try and cast as wide a net as possible where the audience was concerned.  Alas, profit appears to have won out over artistic license in this film.  



To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.