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Directed by Edward D. Wood Jr.

United States 1959 79 mins.

Widely considered the worst director of all time, Ed Wood is also responsible for one of the most compulsively watchable B-movies ever made: Plan 9 from Outer Space. With a half-baked plot involving alien invaders who raise the dead in an attempt to keep humanity from destroying itself, Plan 9 is a film where every dollar spent is visible onscreen, and it’s beyond apparent that the budget was limited. Featuring legendary campy performances by celebrity psychic The Amazing Criswell, lumbering giant Tor Johnson, and Malla Nurmi (aka 1950s TV horror host Vampira), Plan 9 is also infamous for a literally career-ending turn by horror icon Bela Lugosi, who died before the film was finished. “Plan 9 from Outer Space remains the Citizen Kane of bad movies, in that anyone with even a passing interest in cinema owes it to themselves to see it at least once.”—Michael Adams, Movieline.

Tim Burton’s Ed Wood screens the following night (Fri., July 15) from a 35mm print in our Whitsell Auditorium.

Preceded by:

Rover’s Eye, OR, 2015
dir. Laura Heit (3 mins., Short film, Digital)
Images recorded by NASA on the surface of Mars encounter a mysterious presence through the intervention of the human hand in this footage/animation mashup.

Featuring DJ Nate Carson (Heavy Metal Sewing Circle)

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.