Saturday, September 17, 2011

Galaxy of Terror (1981)

Director: Bruce D. Clark

Starring: Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston, Bernard Behrens, Zalman King, Robert Englund, Taaffe O'Connell, Sid Haig, Grace Zabriskie, Jack Blessing, Mary Ellen O'Neill

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Your countdown to Hell is about to begin!

Plot: 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?

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again? Nope.

I've heard that this one was a real turkey but when you're in the mood for some cheesy outer space, especially an ALIEN (1979) clone from 1981 that looks like it promises nudity and gore, well this is just the kind of title you slap in. It delivers on the blood and boobs as you would expect Roger Corman's production company, New World Pictures, to deliver. It was reportedly made on a budget of $700k and I'd say you see every dollar of it on the screen. The sets look great (courtesy of James Cameron) and there's some pretty good atmosphere. Some of the acting is pretty bad (surprise) but the ship interiors and special effects kind of make up for it. The biggest problem the film has is pacing. Once our heroes land on the planet it's got plenty of opportunity to drag. It's nowhere near as bad as its reputation and not as exciting as the trailer would lead you to believe. But then, that's the trailer's job.

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