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Galaxy of Terror

Edward Albert , Erin Moran , Bruce D. Clark    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Stop, hey what's that sound?" Dec 6 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
"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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2.0 out of 5 stars Galaxy of boredom July 7 2012
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 23 2014
By ti-lain
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3.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 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!!!!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Galaxy Far, Far Away.......Corman's Galaxy! Aug. 6 2010
By Stanley Runk - Published on Amazon.com
It's about time I finally got to see this film clearly. I used to have a VHS tape of this that I had purchased from a video rental store that had gone under(courtesy of the evil Blockbuster Video). As you can imagine, the quality of this tape left alot to be desired, but at least I got to see that "hard to find" film cult fans had spoken of.
Honestly, I love this movie to death, I really do, and I'm not afraid to admit it. What I love so much about watching low budget Sci-Fi goofiness like this is A). The schlock value is just too much fun to resist, and B). I'm very interested in seeing how a low budget film maker(Corman especially) can stretch a dollar. Ironically, the average Avatar goer will hate this for those very same reasons(schlocky and cheap), but there's so much more to a movie than it's special effects, believe it or not. While there is definitely alot of hokiness and cheapness here, I marvel at just how well it does look considering it was only made for around a million dollars!! Unfortunately most folks don't view it in those terms. Besides, Avatar didn't have a chick raped to death by a giant maggot(and they would just CGI it if it did).
Though totally Sci-Fi in it's imagery and concept, Galaxy Of Horror is indeed a horror film in the way it plays out.
A astronaut rescue team is sent to a distant planet to investigate the fate of a ship on a previous expedition. Once there, our astronauts(a fun cast for B movie lovers) discover the other crew had all been killed, and decide to go exploring. The surface of the planet is similar to the planet in Alien-windy, foggy, dark, and looking like a junkyard. Our team finds a large pyramid, but there's no Dick Clark to be found. Instead, once trapped in the pyramid, each crew members' fears come to life and attack them. These "subconscious fears" all seem to be slimy monsters or tentacles of some sort. None of them are seen for very long, and all look rather cheap(in a fun way), and all try to dispatch the astronauts in fairly gruesome fashion. It's not an all out Fulci gorefest or anything, but Mac and Me it's not. There's an explanation to all this madness, but you're just gonna have to see the movie to find out what it is. It's kinda cool actually.
Now this is the kind of film you should be watching at 3 in the morning with your favorite food on hand(Cornuts and Guinness for me, thank you). It's got everything that Star Wars doesn't-boobs, maggots, gruesome deaths, Ray Walston, bloodsucking tentacles, and crystal throwing stars to name a few.
The DVD comes with a retrospective Making Of... documentary, and this is a highlight of the disc. I highly recommend watching it even if you don't like the film, you may just get a deeper appreciation for it. Like I said before, it's amazing to see how well this film turned out because of the tight schedule and even tighter budget. And Robert Englund's closing anecdote is absolutely hilarious!
Boy am I glad I purchased this one, now I can toss that awful VHS tape.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your greatest fears can kill you Nov. 10 2012
By Darrell A. Lane - Published on Amazon.com
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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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