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{Review} PLAN 9: Official Movie Novelization, by Matthew Warner

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{Review} PLAN 9:  Official Movie Novelization, by Matthew Warnerby Matthew Warner
Published by Darkstone Productions LLC on February 13, 2016
Genres: Apocalyptic, Cosmic Horror, Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Sci-Fi, Zombies
Pages: 280
Format: Paperback
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In 1959, a film was released that would live in the minds and hearts of science fiction and horror fans for years to come. That film was Edward D. Wood, Jr.'s magnum opus, "Plan 9 From Outer Space," a story about aliens re-animating the dead in order to kill Earth's population. Genre audiences could not resist the exuberance and love for the art of filmmaking that showed in Wood's work, and the movie has become a cherished cult classic. Now the long awaited remake of the classic film is here! In this edge-of-your-set, visually stunning, re-imagination of the original story, “Plan 9” is a spectacular sci-fi/horror adventure with jaw-dropping effects and zombies galore! It’s the film Ed Wood wished he made!

PLAN 9:  Official Movie Novelization, by Matthew Warner is based on the remake of a 1959 film directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr.  At the time it was first made, the movie had so many technical errors, that it was once labeled “the worst movie ever made”.  Despite (or because of???) this, the campy B-film became a cult favorite among other followers.

The premise is great for what you’d expect in a science fiction/horror movie.  An alien meteorite lands in the small town of Nilbog–“goblin” spelled backwards”.  An electromagnetic “pulse” begins resurrecting the newly dead into zombies (the “Blues” based on the blue pulse that reanimates them).  The “Reds” (live humans) are the target of the zombies, whose mission is to turn all the “Reds” into “Blues”.  Pilot Jeff Trent and his co-pilot, Danny, are the first to spot the meteorite.  In the beginning, they are quickly dismissed by local law enforcement–namely, officer Paul Kelton, who once dated Trent’s new wife.  Scientist Lucy Grimm is one of the first to figure out what the blue energy waves are doing, and once met by officer Kelton, the “fun” really begins!

“. . . we’re going to blow up something alien to stop the dead from rising from their graves.”

“I know.”

“Just had to say it out loud.”

Matthew Warner’s novel version of this remake is a fast-paced, grisly, and compelling read.  Each chapter features one of the characters, and explores parts of what brought the “alien invasion” to Nilbog.  While well-written and filled with great imagery, it was so easy to envision watching the movie version of this.  The characters–who are both witty and serious as the circumstances demand–really brought this novelization to life.

Warner has co-written scripts in the past, and published on various platforms.  He wrote this novel in a way that fans of the ’80’s horror movies will be quick to embrace, as will those “modern” zombie-genre fans of today.

PLAN 9 is a fun, gory, and fast-paced book that I highly recommend to those looking for something new in the zombie/alien fields.


About Matthew Warner

Matthew Warner’s publishing credits span a variety of formats, including novels, short stories, screenplays, and newspapers. His first horror novel in 2003, The Organ Donor, garnered a 5-star review from critic Feo Amante, who labeled the book a “straight-on modern classic of horror.” Publishers Weekly described his second novel, Eyes Everywhere, as “disturbing … compelling and insightful.” Dramatic works include films from Darkstone Entertainment based on his screenplays, plus a radio play and stage play premiered by theaters in central Virginia.

His opinion column, “Author’s Notes,” ran for five years at and consisted of a blend of commentary, autobiography, and tutorials about the writing craft. Guide Dog Books collected the first three years of those columns into its debut non-fiction title, Horror Isn’t a 4-Letter Word: Essays on Writing & Appreciating the Genre. Warner’s latest horror novel, Blood Born, is an apocalyptic monster tale set in the Washington, DC, area where he grew up. His first urban fantasy novel, The Seventh Equinox, which Publishers Weekly calls “a world-shattering crisis acted out in small scale,” is set in a fictitious Shenandoah Valley town inspired by his current home of Staunton, Virginia.

Warner lives with his wife, the artist Deena Warner, and sons, Owen and Thomas. In 2007, they opened a print and website design business, Deena Warner Design LLC, serving book publishers in New York City. He holds memberships in the Horror Writers Association and Dramatists Guild of America.


I am an avid reader/reviewer and collector of books--primarily horror, supernatural, and supernatural-themed thrillers.

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