These are films reviewed on the cult movie podcast Junk Food Dinner ( www.junkfooddinner.com/ ).
A galactic adventure beyond your wildest dreams!
A pair of smugglers manage to pick up a castaway while running from the authorities, who turns out to be the only survivor from a secret mission to destroy a mysterious superweapon designed by the evil Count Zartharn. The smugglers are soon recruited by the Emperor to complete the mission, as well as to rescue the Emperor's son, who has gone missing.
A cheap Star Wars knock-off with a dash of Barbarella, Starcrash is by most measures a complete piece of shit. The special effects are awful, the acting is grating, and the dialog is perplexing at best. But the filmmakers did some things to make the whole train wreck entirely enjoyable.
1) The whole thing moves super fast. Whatever the plot was, it required the heroine to visit a handful of planets, which meant there was a new setting every few minutes and little time to get bored.
2) There was a ton of special effects. Yeah, they were mostly terrible (which I found to be pretty charming), but the shear amount of effects work that went into this turd is…
After watching Maniac I had no idea where to go. How do you follow Maniac? It was so weird/gnarly/awesome/crazy for me to even think of what I might be in the mood for next.
Then while I was watching some of the bonus interviews on the Blu ray I realized that Caroline Munro and Joe Spinell actually met a year or two before when they made Starcrash...so that was the push I needed to finally watch Starcrash.
It went above and beyond all of my expectations and now sits comfortably in my mental list of favorite science fiction flicks.
It's not subtle with it's Star Wars "influences" although the plot isn't very Star Wars-ish. It opens up with a underneath…
If the spectrum of bad movies ranges from offensively inept and unwatchable to unmistakably lousy but somehow fun, "Starcrash" falls closer to the latter. Pilfering liberally from "Star Wars," "Flash Gordon," and any number of Ray Harryhausen effects spectacles, the Italian/American space fantasy with the Roger Corman pedigree is hokey and dubiously made. The ridiculous spectacle, however, bears a certain, almost watchable charm.
The story is a convoluted mishmash of borrowed space fantasy tropes, featuring a galaxy full of robots, monsters, emperors, and princes. Refreshingly, the film's protagonist is a woman, Stella Star, and her adventures see her battling giant space robots and saving David Hasselhoff from a phantom planet.
Though, somehow, John Barry scored the film and Christopher Plummer…
"Now maybe is a good time to use your ancient system of prayer and hope it works for robots as well."
I cannot in good conscience rate this piece of late 70's schlock any higher, though I wanted so badly to give it 5 stars because:
(And the robot is kind of awesome, too -- he talks just like Iron Hide.)
A terrible movie that makes no sense despite its habit of constantly explaining the plot. Or maybe I simply kept losing interest in the story. For a movie that's so busy, it sure moves slowly.
Still, who can resist it? Ubercheesy dialogue and effects. A villain who almost literally twirls his mustache but is too…
You know how you wait 25 years to see a film and then it's a crushing disappointment? Well that certainly didn't happen here. 92 minutes of pure unadulterated uber-trash fun from start to finish. Simply wonderful.
Luigi Cozzi brings us a Star Wars “inspired” sci-fi movie. Notice the word "cheap" wasn't in that sentence. One of the many weird things about Star Crash is how Cozzi spent $4 million on this film and still managed to make such a mess of it. Star Wars itself only cost $11 million and Under the Skin was recently filmed for a meagre $8 million.
The incredibly badly delivered opening dialogue sets our expections right at the start. From the spaceships made from cardboard boxes and toilet rolls to the terrible editing that destroys whatever plot there was. Starcrash is a veritable galaxy of inept, cheesy goodness. And the dialogue. Oh, the dialogue: "Scan it with our computer waves", "Imperial…
It's really conflicting to decide whether I liked this film for it's effort and cheese. The only reason why I rated it higher than one star was Caroline Munro. That's a terrible reason, but if she wasn't in the film, it'd be a lot less boring. It seemed like a genuine film, just a terrible byproduct of the 70s, trying too much to be Star Wars.
It was a task to finish this film all the way.
I possibly enjoyed Luigi Cozzi's "Starcrash" a lot more than I should have. It's poorly made, mostly terribly acted and has some really laughable special effects (some especially funky stop-motion animation) but it's really endearing in a saturday-morning cartoon kind of way. Unlike something like "Barbarella" or "Galaxina" it's mostly fast paced and fun.
Plus it has an original score by the legendary John Barry and stars Caroline Munro (wearing mostly very little), Christopher Plummer (as the Emperor Of The Universe) and the great Joe Spinell (chewing the scenery). Although Luigi Cozzi's film is a "Star Wars" rip-off, "Empire Strikes Back" seems to borrow some elements from "Starcrash" - namely the Emperor and a perilous ice planet. Hell, one scene ever resembles a moment from "Return of The Jedi". Go figure.
And it has something special that Star Wars will never have - namely David Hasselhoff and his magnificent hair.
Try to beat that J.J Abrams :)
I saw this film when I was a kid. Video stores in the early 80's had a ton of Star Wars sci fi clone rip off films. Battle Beyond the Stars, Space Raiders and Star Crash. All from Roger Corman. As a kid I liked this film. I decided to grab a beer and relive my childhood by watching this so called cult classic. Guess what? It fucking sucks. Not even boner inducing Caroline Munroe can save this turd bomb. It's fucking boring, makes no sense and the special effects suck a warthogs dick. The Hoff is in it but who cares. The robots are crummy. Dialogues sucks. Joe Spinell is stupid as the main villian. All the stop motion…
This movie is perfect. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Features one of Christopher Plummer's greatest lines, a good amount of evil cackling, endless explosions, and inexplicableness at every possible moment. Hilarious in a group setting.
This should be the answer to more trivia questions. It's fucking mesmerizing.
Astonishingly inept but never boring, this film has a whole bunch of robots, and most of them are pretty cool-looking. They even made one that looks exactly like a young David Hasselhoff.
I love low-budget space operas, and this is the epitome of that aesthetic.
If you're like me and you feel that the only thing missing from Star Wars is Caroline Munro in a black space bikini, this is the movie for you. It's a cheap charmer from some of the finest rip-off artists that Italy has to offer. A caped Joe Spinell (and whoever that is that provides his voice overdub) is an evil imperialist out to rule the galaxy and the only ones who can stop him are goodhearted cosmic outlaws Ms. Munro and Marjoe Gortner. They have a spaceship on strings, they have laser guns and they have a sword made of light. Along for the ride is a wisecracking robot voiced by Hamilton Camp, a young David Hasselhoff and a society of scantily clad Amazon women who show up far too briefly. It's an entertaining artifact with good low-budget effects.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The most I've laughed AT a movie in a long time.
I don't know what was best...
torpedo's full of soldiers being shot through the glass windows of a SPACE station...?
or the robot with a Texan drawl...?
or was it the Hoff being out-acted by previously mentioned robot...?
My husband and I have been watching a lot of trailer compilations lately. He and I have been watching these…
Science fiction films from Europe and Russia. Most of which I am yet to watch.
Recently added lots of new…