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"This isn't a horror movie, boys."
Despite earnest filmmaker Edward D. Wood Jr.'s best efforts, his best-known film, the cult classic Plan 9 From Outer Space, is generally considered one of the worst movies ever made. But even this dubious distinction isn't enough to safeguard Plan 9 from a remake. Darkstone Entertainment is giving the narrative about aliens who resurrect the earth's dead into zombies a resurrection of its own. And like Wood's zombies, Plan 9 From Outer Space has come back twisted and wrong. Ugh, I'd rather see the original in 3D.
Giant Freakin Robot shares the clip of the remake's first look above, and notes that the film's writer-director John Johnson, who has a long slate of lesser-known horror titles to his credit, isn't looking to play up the campy features of the original. Basically, he's looking to strip away the major reason the poorly made movie found an audience to begin with, and make this a—what?—edgier, grittier, add-your-fave-buzzword-here version? When talking about Wood's works, it seems an overreaction to moan, "Is nothing sacred?" But looking at what Johnson's offering as the film's first look, it seems like Plan 9 From Outer Space should have rested in peace.
While the original film boasted performances from iconic monster performer Bela Lugosi and camp queen Vampira, this remake—called just Plan 9 stars bad movie MC Mister Lobo (Cinema Insomnia with Mr. Lobo), TV actor Brian Krause, who might be best recognized for his recurring role on the long-running witch-centric series Charmed, and Matthew Ewald, who starred in the sci-fi action series Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension. Funny, that last one kind of sounds like an Ed Wood movie.
There's no word yet on Plan 9's release plan.