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Galaxy of Terror


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  • Actors: Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston, Bernard Behrens, Zalman King
  • Directors: Bruce D. Clark
  • Writers: Bruce D. Clark, Marc Siegler, William Stout
  • Producers: Marc Siegler, Roger Corman
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • Release Date: July 20 2010
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003CNQPOC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,331 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 6 2013
Format: Blu-ray
"There's something happinin here
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Tellin me I got to beware" - by Buffalo Springfield

This is truly Roger Corman; it has that Corman feel that only a Corman budget (estimated $700,000) can accomplish. Looks like Venice, California. The highlight is the Corman dialog. I was a little surprised to see that they were able to capture along with their other famous actors Ray Walston of "South Pacific" (1958) fame.

This is a rescue mission movie. The original ship had some sort of mysterious difficulty that was not totally explained. However an old hag soothsayer says the sooth does not look good. So we gather our cast the characters in a hurry as each one is mysteriously partially introduced to us, and the mission is underway.

The basic story is "and then there were none" in space. But can this story mask a more sinister purpose?

If you survive this movie and want more, read "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 7 2012
Format: DVD
I don't know where this so-called "Galaxy of Terror" is, but it's certainly not the galaxy where the storyline of this movie plays out. Mind-numbing boredom yes, but terror - I don't think so. Honestly, I can't see how this movie ever got "cult classic" status. Even by Roger Corman's low standards, Galaxy of Terror is bad. And you know what? I think the James Cameron-designed sets are bland and uninspired, as well. [I also find Cameron's technique of using electric shocks to make maggots move on command rather revolting and unethical.] Take away the film's infamous rape scene, and this would truly be a forgettable low-budget B-movie.

A spaceship from the some planet run by a "Game Master" with a glowing red ball of light for a head has crashed on the alien planet Morganthus. Over the objections of his "game controller" witch, the Master immediately dispatches a crew to journey to Morganthus and look for survivors. This hand-picked crew ends up being the most dysfunctional crew imaginable. The captain, sole survivor of an earlier tragedy, is borderline insane; the mission commander hasn't left the orbit of his own desk in years; the team leader is a dangerous control freak; the cook (Ray Walston) is no ordinary cook; one crewman looks and acts like they just thawed him out from an ancient ice pack; and the youngest crew member is the biggest girly man to ever put on a uniform. You also have an empath (Erin Moran) whose skills basically serve no purpose here, and a young Robert Englund playing the only character with half a brain among the whole lot.

After exploring the downed ship they were looking for, the team discovers a large and mysterious pyramid on this seemingly unpopulated world.
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By ti-lain on July 23 2014
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
One of the Better B Terror Films May 18 2004
By C. A. Luster - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw this when first released at the theater in 1980. It was a great terror movie. The tension runs throughout the movie as a group tries to escape a planet that prays upon their fears. One scene with a giant caterpillar and a scantilly clad lady was rather erotic. A good movie for fans of movies like Hellraiser and Phantasm. A young Erin Moran and Robert Englund do a decent job of acting. This is not something to take to serious, but to sit down and watch with a big bowl of popcorn some afternoon or evening. It certainly doesn't deserve to be put in the MST3K archive. Considering the time it was made and its budget I think it holds up pretty well. Look at how few SciFi movies that were made in the early 1980s have survived.

P.S. This is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Not sure it's Blu-ray worthy but I did get the DVD version. Since this is a B movie I recommend you get it if you like it as it may go out of print.

Addendum 11/12/2013: Now available to view in Amazon Prime.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4 star movie -- plus a GREAT "making of" documentary Feb. 24 2011
By Thomas M. Sipos - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw GALAXY OF TERROR when it was first released in the 1980s. It was my favorite of the "top three" ALIEN ripoffs (the other two being FORBIDDEN WORLD and HORROR PLANET, aka INSEMINOID).

GALAXY OF TERROR is a weird film. Its sci-fi mysticism is more STAR WARS than ALIEN, but the sets are certainly "inspired" by ALIEN's H.R. Giger, albeit a poor man's Giger. (This IS a Roger Corman film.)

Others have explained the plot. Astronauts go on a rescue mission to a hostile planet, whereupon they meet strange deaths. Actress Taaffe O'Connell's nude rape scene by a giant, slimy maggot has become something of a cult event.

But what really sets this film apart from many DVD releases is its excellent "making of" documentary. Normally, I hate these things. They're usually just extended commercials (sometimes infomercials) shot when the film was made, to play on cable TV. Everyone just rehashes the plot, and offers obligatory praise (so you don't really know what they're thinking).

But GALAXY OF TERROR's "making of" documentary was shot in 2010 -- 29 years after the film was released. Many of these people are semi-retired, they have nothing to lose, so they can be trusted to tell the truth. Rather then prattling obligatory praise, they sound sincere, and offer interesting stories.

Roger Corman is interviewed, as are MANY of the actors (including Taaffe O'Connell), crew, and New World studio personnel. James Cameron (TITANIC, AVATAR) worked on GALAXY OF TERROR. He's not interviewed, but others discuss his work on the film.

This documentary (63 minutes long, according to the Internet Movie Database) is as interesting as the film itself, and that's rare.

The only fault with this DVD: when I hit the Display button on my DVD player, it won't reveal how long the film or documentary are, or how much time has elapsed. That's why I had to go to the Internet Movie Database to check the documentary's time.
22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
For sentimental reasons..... March 17 2009
By R. Legendre - Published on Amazon.com
.....I am going to rate this movie 4 stars. I was just a young lad of about 10 when I saw this film at the local movie house. I was a voracious fan of science fiction and was eager to see this one.

Despite being only 10, I recognized this movie for what it was; a B-movie version that SORT-OF resembled Ridley Scott's "Alien", but with a totally different plot. Maybe this could be considered a cross between "Alien" and "Poltergeist".

Regardless of the film's inspiration, it does display above-average production values for being a low-budget film. The special effects are actually quite decent (for the early '80s) and the set design is very good. The acting is definitely not top-notch, but there are some memorable scenes that pull you in. Besides the actors listed in the product description, look for some decent performances from Bernard Beherens (the Star Wars NPR radio dramas as "Obi-Wan Kenobi") and Grace Zabriskie (The Big Easy, Twin Peaks).

The story itself is quite original (I can't help but feel that "Poltergeist" borrowed from this one - it KNOWS what scares you) and you can easily get caught up in the film's eerie ambience. But, perhaps what is most intriguing is that this is a film brought to us by the legendary Roger Corman; king of the B-movies. Corman had also released "Battle Beyond the Stars" earlier that same year, but this film is far superior to it. BBTS was a meat and potatoes sci-fi film (think "Star Wars" crossed with "The Magnificent Seven") whereas "Galaxy of Terror" had deep psychological undertones and a much more sophisticated plot.

Anywho, at the time this review was written, there is a used DVD copy going for $2400.00. Give me a feakin' break! Who in their right mind is gonna pay that much money for a MOVIE?!?!?!? I realize that copies of this film on DVD are rare to non-existant, but with today's economy, you would have to be a fool or an oscenely wealthy person (maybe you're an AIG executive!) to spend that kind of money on a DVD. One day soon, someone will approve this movie for a mass-release and the going rate will be about $15.00. Get real. Shame on you for asking that kind of money for a MOVIE!

To sum up, this movie is worth a look if you're able to handle B-movies; and this one is pretty darn enjoyable! Just have the patience to wait until it is given a proper release (and don't spend $2400.00 for it!) Me, if it's ever properly released, I'll definitely buy it - even if just for sentimental reasons.

********** UPDATE !!! **********

This movie is finally getting a proper DVD treatement with lots of extras including cast and crew commentaries and behind-the-scenes shorts! The release date is July 20th. This film will definitely bring back memories!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Galaxy of Terror! Jan. 13 2011
By ZombieKiller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
As B - Horror Movies/ Sci Fi flics go, this is the masterpiece! Forget about the stupid "poster" cover. It has nothing to do with the movie. Most of the actors are good solid "b- level" movie actors - not unknowns. Behind the camera are many big name hollywood types - they got their start in this movie, and it shows! It looks much better than some "A" level horror/sci fi. Good sound & score. Great, bloody practical effects. More monsters than you can shake a stick at. Some reviews seem to think the plot doesn't make sense. I had no problem with it at all. As a matter of fact, the plot is the best point. I saw this movie when it first came out ( it was called "Mind Warp" - fittingly so - it will warp your mind!). It was the "B-movie answer" to "Alien", which was one studio's answer to "Star wars". But as cheap and simple as this movie is, I think the plot ideas are better than alien or star wars. In "Alien", the monsters are just like biological machines. The kill, eat, and use you to reproduce. They have no thoughts or feelings or purpose - just blind instinct. The "monsters" in Galaxy of Terror do have a purpose - an amazing one at that. In "Star wars", you can't be a jedi unless you were born to it. I detest the idea of "royalty" - that some people are "born better" than other people. Its a disgusting and hateful idea. It completely soured me on stars wars. In Galaxy of Terror, the plot tries to answer the question: "If everyone could develop "magical" or "god like" "jedi" powers, what exactly would it take to bring those powers out of you?" The answer is obviously pretty scary!!! Lots of extras. You get to see a lot of James Cameron at a very early stage in his career.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Your greatest fears can kill you Nov. 10 2012
By Darrell A. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
1981 seemed to be the year where most of the iconic horror films of the decade appeared.

Galaxy of Terror remains on my list of top ten favorite horror movies.

Yes, there's the funky giant worm raping the blonde scene, but this movie is so much more than just that. We have Roger Corman moviemaking at its zenith here; stock footage that you can recognize from dozens of films (Battle Beyond the Stars, Forbidden World, Space Raiders, etc) and a clipped form of storytelling that makes this fun and scary thriller zoom through its 80-some mins.

Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise) and Ray Walston (Mr. Hand from Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Private School...for Girls) make this a superior experience as well as Sid Haig (Jason of Star Command, House of a Thousand Corpses, The Devil's Rejects and Night of the Living Dead 3D) is at his imposing best, and Edward Albert plays the heroic straightman to Erin Moran's goofy psychic.

We go to a sufficiently creepy planet where a pyramid seems to make our worst fears (fear of the dark, fear of loss of self, fear of senility, fear of tight places and fear of being raped by a giant worm (LOL) are made manifest. The deaths are inventive and often messy and the final confrontation between good and evil challenges the balance of both power and understanding in regards to exactly what is the difference between good and evil where responsibility and leadership is concerned.

The identity of the Master (the guy with the glowing red head) isn't difficult to decypher if you listen well.

I watch this one around Halloween and still marvel at its skill.

Similar to Alien, nah, not really; just because they're in space and ya gots yer monsters doesn't mean they're alike; and Alien (1979) itself borrows heavily from a sci-fi flick from the 1950's (It! The Terror From Beyond Space-1958) about astronaughts being picked off by a monster they unwittingly picked up on another planet, hardly original, either in the 50's or in Alien. And now, Ridley Scott has tried re-vamping even Alien in Prometheus, which reminded me of Galaxy of Terror (there's even a very subtle alien-raping-to-impregnate-earth-girl story arc).

Galaxy of Terror is well worth watching, period.


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