Galaxy of Terror
ALIEN was the beginning ... Hell Has Just Been Relocated!
As a lone spaceship proceeds on its long voyage across space, the crew are surprised to encounter a strange pyramid form. Surprise turns to horror as one by one, they discover that their darkest nightmares are all starting to become real. The pyramid has to be behind it all somehow, but how can they save themselves from its influence?
Yes, there's interspecies worm rape in this movie, but it's HETEROSEXUAL interspecies worm rape, just like God intended!
Aside from its low-level special effects, micro-thin budget, and storyline that borrows heavily from "Alien," "Galaxy of Terror" is an almost-passable science fiction thriller. Prodced by Roger Corman's New World unit, the film wears its bad movie cred. and exploitative charms proudly. Ironically, it's when the film tries to inject an original sublot into the unoriginal proceedings during its climax that "Galaxy of Terror" loses its sense of fun and any redeeming qualities.
The story might be a rundown of the old "Your own fear is what kills you" but it is so way out there designwise that I still consider this a minor masterpiece.
One of many, many ALIEN rip-offs in the years following that film's landmark release, for some reason I had moderately high expectations for this one, based on the bizarro-world cast (Ray Walston! Grace Zabriskie! Robert Englund! Sid Haig! Erin Moran from HAPPY DAYS!) and that amazing poster art.
Unfortunately, despite that cast, some surprisingly elaborate and expensive-looking sets (for a Roger Corman production), and a few stabs at semi-originality, there's just not a lot here. Some interesting death scenes, some neat ideas, Robert Englund NOT playing a total creep for a change...but I had forgotten it practically an hour after it was over.
Should I have tripped on some acid to get this?
The chick that played the captain certainly looked like she did, and pretty much did everyone else involved in this Roger Corman cheapo sci-fi horror. It disgracefully rips off Alien, even some the set design looks like it was lifted out of the Pinewood Studios skips after Ridley Scott was done on his seminal masterpiece.
Maybe I laid out in the sun too long today or slightly overdid it with my weekly summers evening Jack Daniels but I didn't have a fucking clue about what was going on!? This is pretty much what I got from it:
1. A dude with a glowing red head .
2. Some blonde guy…
This movie is really bad. I was slightly impressed with the conclusion which had shades of Forbidden Planet, but that is the final ten minutes of an eighty minute film. A loooong eighty minutes.
I usually always watch a film all the way through to get the full experience, but I just couldn't with this film. After twenty minutes, I couldn't stand the terrible acting and the drudging of the story. I don't take off points due to the B-movie aspect or the retro camerawork since that's the reason I wanted to watch it. With no strong hook in the first ten minutes, this film is unwatchable.
The movie is an overall mess, in terms of plot and characters, but the gore/creature FX and the atmosphere save it! It sill has its charm.
One of the best ALIEN-ripoffs of all time, with a great cast, to boot: Sid Haig! Robert Englund! Zalman King! Ray Walston! Grace Zabriskie! And the film is almost a triumph of solid production design on a shoestring budget (James Cameron was one of the production designers and a second unit director!). As for the infamous "maggot on woman" scene...well, you might want to read up on that before you check GALAXY OF TERROR out...
Joanie Cunningham, Freddie Krueger, Sarah Palmer, Captain Spaulding, Ridgemont High's Mr. Hand and the guy responsible for Red Shoe Diaries go into space - and mainly just riff on Alien.
It is saved by a few neat gore effects on a shoestring but there's not a lot else going for this Corman-produced (with production design by James Cameron and set decoration by Bill Paxton) space schlock.
Corman does it again! Cheapo Alien knock-off that's only notable for featuring a slumming Ray Walston, a yet-to-be-famous Robert Englund, bleedin' Joanie from Happy Days, and production design and second-unit work by an up-and-coming James Cameron - who would fully realise his vision a mere five years later with a genuine classic (not The Terminator, the other one).
"I don't sense sense life. I feel absolutely nothing at all. Never felt anything so empty, so dead." - line from the movie that also applies to the movie
"Hang onto your shorts, we're gonna dump." - Galaxy of Terror's attempt at an iconic line like "Game Over, Man!" except the latter is eminently quotable in all situations and this line I'll only be able to use when changing my niece's diapers
Galaxy of Terror is just gross and doesn't even try to give its character's personality.