A couple of year ago, documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher brought us Room 237, a film that explored the conspiracy theories behind Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. They were all incredible stretches of the imagination, but there was something to be admired in each subject’s dedication to their readings of the text. You can agree or not that The Shining was Kubrick’s admittance to faking the moon landing, or you can think those who believe so are crackpot weirdos; to each their own. With Unspeakable Horrors: The Plan 9 Conspiracy, low-budget horror writer and director Jose Prendes parodies the ideas behind Room 237, but not with great results.
Plan 9 From Outer Space is a movie with a reputation that precedes it. Often incorrectly referred to as “the worst movie ever made”, there are more people who know about Plan 9 From Outer Space than have actually seen it. The film’s writer/producer/director Ed Wood was the subject of a Tim Burton biopic with Johnny Depp in the lead role, and it even got a remake of sorts last year. It’s a cult classic and a beloved staple of science-fiction cinema, which makes it the perfect subject matter for a Room 237-style parody.
Written for Flickering Myth. Read the full review here.