Our Favorite Movie Posters: # 8 - Weekend Double Feature PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Projectionist   
Saturday, 30 July 2011 20:31

SInce it's the weekend, and that's drive-in time, we're doing a movie poster double feature today. On the bill: Plan 9 From Outer Space and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Click for Larger View... Click for Larger View...Plan 9 From Outer Space is a production by Ed Wood Jr, who had a amazingly unsuccessful career as a producer/director/actor in the 1950s and 60s. None of Ed's movies were successful, and he died penniless. He was redicovered in the 80s when he was pronounced "Worst Director of All Time". Tim Burton produced a biopic about Wood and his odd, but loyal group of associates (Ed Wood (1994)) with Johnny Depp in the starring role. It's an excellent movie, I highly suggest a viewing.

Plan 9 From Outer Space is probably Wood's "masterpiece". With horrible acting, embarrassing sets, and lousy directing, it's probably the best known example of bad movie making. Which of course makes it a must-see for our Big Bad Readers.

IMDB says: "Can your heart stand the shocking facts about Graverobbers from Outer Space?" That's the question on the lips of the narrator of this tale about flying saucers, zombies and cardboard tombstones. A pair of aliens, angered by the "stupid minds" of planet Earth, set up shop in a California cemetery. Their plan: to animate an army of the dead to march on the capitals of the world. (The fact that they have only managed to resurrect three zombies to date has not discouraged them.) An intrepid airline pilot living near the cemetery must rescue his wife from this low-budget terror. "Can you prove it *didn't* happen?"


Click for Larger View... Click for Larger View...Our second feature is "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!". Directed by that King of Mammaries, The Commander of Cleavage, Russ Meyer.

The son of a policeman and a nurse, Russ Meyer began winning prizes with his amateur films as a teenager. In World War II he was a combat cameraman in Europe. After the war, he was a professional photographer, shooting some of the earliest Playboy centerfolds. He made his directorial debut with The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959), the first nudie (softcore sex) film to make a profit over a million dollars, which led to a string of self-financed films that gradually became more bizarre, violent, and cartoonish. Meyer eventually began to make films in the studio system, but other than "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)" none made a profit.

IMDB says: "Three strippers seeking thrills encounter a young couple in the desert. After dispatching the boyfriend, they take the girl hostage and begin scheming on a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert, reputedly hiding a tidy sum of cash. They become houseguests of the old man and try and seduce the sons in an attempt to locate the money, not realizing that the old man has a few sinister intentions of his own."

Both films are available at Amazon.com.

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