Aliens, Mormons, and sex! What more could one ask from a midnight movie in Utah? <i>Plan Ten from Outer Space</i> is an outrageous, whacked-out interpretation of Utah’s history and Mormon ideology, directed by Trent Harris (who gave us the regional cult hit, Reuben and Ed).
In 1853 Norman Talmage, a mad Mormon prophet, buried a strange plaque near the shore of the Great Salt Lake. A century later, Lucinda Hall (Stefene Russell) finds the plaque and begins a quest to uncover its meaning. She discovers that aliens in beehive-shaped spaceships, led by Nehor (Karen Black), the operatic queen from Planet Kolob, are on their way to carry out a grudge against Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church. Lucinda’s search coincides with her awakening desire for an inscrutable neighbor who may or may not be an alien. The once-familiar streets of Salt Lake City become a frightening place as Lucinda pursues various leads, hoping to uncover “the secret of the bees.”
Harris offers up Utah’s eccentricities as only a native can. He combines religious doctrine and science fiction to create a hilarious look at all that’s weird and wonderful in the land of Zion. The end result is a hysterical film of biblical proportions for all to enjoy.
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