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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 review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Poor man's "Alien." Still better than "Alien Resurrection."
It was a cold night in early January, when we forewent the regular cheap Tuesday theater trip to focus instead on the selection of movies at home, awaiting some proper care. We weren't in the mood for anything smart or attention heavy, but when Galaxy of Terror got started, we couldn't divert our attention.
There was no information on this movie before watching - none of us had really heard of it - except a vague notion that it was a knock off of Alien. It starts harmless enough and exactly as advertised: a space crew take off to an unknown planet where they seek out a distress signal and to rescue another crew. The similarities are high: they land,…
Oh... Oh man. This movie. This fucking movie is complete and utter nonsense, but I can't express how much I loved it. Everything about this, the sets, the effects, the soundtrack, the dialogue... All of it is perfect. You know the way people say they have "funeral songs"? This is going to be my funeral film. Nobody is getting a fucking penny from my will until they all sit through this entire thing. Twice.
How did I live this long without seeing this film? If I had seen it as a child, would I have never watched any other film again, knowing even then that this could never be bettered?
If I did have to criticise this in some way,…
While it doesn't have the greatest acting or effects, this Form an classic offers up some pretty decent b SciFi through a few well known actors like Robert England. You can catch on to what is happening pretty quick and possibly even who, but the why is saved until the end.
Fear is the (mind) killer in this trashy mashup of Alien and Solaris, rich with atmosphere, a great soundtrack, and some nice gooey practical effects.
Galaxy of Terror fits in with a number of ‘spaceploitation’ works, such as Contamination and Inseminoid, which are blatant in their references to Alien. Bear in mind it is typical B movie stuff: punt-worthy for some, cheap and nasty for others. There are laughable bits, cheesy bits and downright bonkers bits.
With its mutant worms and gaming pyramid, Galaxy of Terror is a kind of cheap Alien vs. Predator meets Prometheus well before their time, and weirdly, not massively worse than either film. Look out for Sid Haig character’s obsession with ‘the crystals’ and a controversial interspecial rape scene, which has no doubt been covered below.
Well, it's really cheap, but nowhere near as bad as I was expecting, basically ripping off Alien and throwing in a good dose of Solaris as the driver for the mayhem. And some yucky alien-worm rape. However, to break it down:
The Good - some of the set design and ideas. Robert Englund!
The Bad - Not scary at all, blatant, poorly executed rip of Alien.
The Odd -Joanie from Happy Days acting all grown-up actress/nutty. Nutty ending. Alien worm/tentacle rape. It tries to get all existential at the end, which doesn't fit the cheap and cheerful vibe.
Still the gorgeous piece of cheesy fluff it always has been, filled to the brim with clunky rubbermonsters and striking setdesigns. Love it.
A movie so bad it's good, well not really, but still it is a cult classic that every horror-fan has to see in his or her life. Sure, the plot is basically a watered down version of Alien, the special effects are cheap, and the dialogue is cheesy.... this is still memorable '80s sci-fi horror.
I couldn't help but think that this movie just had to be self-aware of how horrible and cheap it is, and it never asks of you to take it serious. A perfect movie for a "wrong" horror-night, not to begin with and not to end with, but neatly tucked in the middle, and hey, you still get a controversial girl-on-worm action without having to put on anime. That's gotta count for something, right?
- Cannibal Holocaust
- The Fog
- Humanoids from the Deep
- Friday the 13th
- Salem's Lot
- 100 Feet
Horror movies I've seen. List copied from my IMDB account. It will keep expanding.
In no particular order.
- Alien Dead
- Altered States
- Cannibal Apocalypse
- The Awakening
Horror flicks from 1980-89. Some of the dates look off, but they were definitely all 80's releases.