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.