CULT CINEMA CLUB: ED WOOD’s Plan 9 from Outer Space & OUTSIDER: David “The Rock” Nelson

Mar 04, 2024 7:00PM


Performing Arts Center, Moe Auditorium & Film Center - 10150 Bonita Beach Road

Cost $8

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Arts Bonita presents a new film series: CULT CINEMA CLUB, where we celebrate the best of cult films.

A cult film or cult movie, also commonly referred to as a cult classic, is a film that has acquired a cult following. Cult films are known for their dedicated, passionate fanbase which forms an elaborate subculture, members of which engage in repeated viewings, dialogue-quoting, and audience participation. -Wikipedia

“Plan 9 From Outer Space,” directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr. (the subject of Tim Burton’s 1994 biopic, “Ed Wood”), stands as THE cult classic in the realm of so-bad-it’s-great cinema. The film, notorious for its low-budget effects, wooden acting, and absurd plot, has earned a large and very dedicated following over the years, solidifying Wood’s status as an unintentional pioneer of cult filmmaking.

Similarly, David “The Rock” Nelson, another figure in the world of outsider cinema, shares parallels with Ed Wood (he is proudly known as the “Ed Wood of the 90s”). Both filmmakers operated on the fringes of the industry, embracing their underdog status and creating films with a passionate, do-it-yourself spirit. Nelson, like Wood, revels in the charm of low-budget productions, employing homemade special effects and a distinctive style that resonates with a niche audience. Their shared commitment to their craft, despite facing financial constraints and critical dismissal, cements their places as beloved underdogs in the realm of cult cinema. Vice tells Nelson’s story in this amazing episode, which must be seen to be believed.

Ed Wood’s “Plan 9 From Outer Space” holds a unique place in cinematic history and is a must-see for those who appreciate the charm of cult films. Often hailed as the “worst director of all time,” the film embodies Ed Wood’s certain so-bad-it’s-great quality that has endeared it to audiences worldwide. From its laughable special effects and dubious dialogue to its earnest attempt at storytelling, “Plan 9” showcases a level of filmmaking incompetence that is strangely and amusingly captivating. The film’s unintentional humor and low-budget charm have turned it into a cultural phenomenon, earning it a dedicated cult following. Watching “Plan 9” on the big screen becomes a delightful experience, offering a glimpse into the audacious creativity of an underdog filmmaker and the unexpected appeal that can arise from cinematic missteps. It’s a cinematic oddity that has transcended its initial reputation to become a beloved classic within the realm of cult cinema.

In more modern times, David “The Rock” Nelson gained widespread recognition through his feature on the Vice program “OUTSIDER.” The short documentary showcases Nelson’s unapologetically low-budget and offbeat filmmaking style, which often involves homemade special effects, campy narratives, and a passionate, hyperactive DIY ethos. “OUTSIDER” delves into Nelson’s cult status within the underground film community, portraying him as a true outsider artist committed to his craft despite extremely limited resources. The program provides a glimpse into the obscure world of Nelson’s filmography, highlighting the charm and dedication that endeared him to a niche, cult audience. The Rock’s unbridled enthusiasm and unorthodox methods reveal a genuine love for filmmaking, making him a fascinating subject for exploration in the realm of outsider cinema.