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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
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • 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 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,148 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Galaxy Of Terror (Roger Corman's Cult Classics)

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I've seen Galaxy of Terror (1981) a handful of times now on a number of different mediums (the awesome blu ray from Scream Factory being the latest, and hopefully last), and I still can't figure out if it's a good movie or not.

It has an amazing cast - Sid Haig as a silent foreign-warrior type, Robert Englund as a neurotic and slightly creepy astronaut, Erin Moran as Joanie in space, Zalman King as his usual paranoid and weirded out self, and Taaffe O'Connell as the hot blonde who runs into a maggot who wants to do a little more than cuddle if you know what I mean and I think you do - and that slimy rape scene is something to see and easily the most memorable part of the movie, but does that make it good?

The story is pretty silly drivel about a nightmare planet and a glowing headed "master" and people either overcoming or succumbing to their greatest fears, so that really doesn't help things. I also don't really like that they wasted Haig in a non-speaking role (well, one line role). The effects are good though...

I suppose taken as a whole the movie really isn't that good - especially when compared to it's "sister" film Forbidden World (1982) which incorporates a lot of the same sets while ripping off (and vastly exceeding) Alien - but man, that cast and the amorous maggot. And Sid Haig's pre-Evil Dead possessed hand. And two Robert Englunds. And a zombie Joanie Cunningham.

Yeah...I still dig it. Check it out.
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"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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By Daniel Jolley TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 7 2012
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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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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3fd7960) out of 5 stars One of the Better B Terror Films May 18 2004
By C. A. Luster - Published on
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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.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3e36eb8) out of 5 stars 4 star movie -- plus a GREAT "making of" documentary Feb. 24 2011
By Thomas M. Sipos - Published on
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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
HASH(0xb3fd79a8) out of 5 stars For sentimental reasons..... March 17 2009
By R. Legendre - Published on
.....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!!!!
21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3e3b5d0) out of 5 stars Where's the DVD already?? Jan. 24 2006
By Matthew E. Hamilton - Published on
I know this wasn't a great movie, but is has developed a cult following over the years. What I don't understand, is that this movie is in DVD in countrys like Itlaly and England. So, why not here in the States??

The last time I saw this movie, it was on an old VHS tape. As you can imagine the quality was awful. I am dying to see all the scenes in a more polished version that a DVD offers. Now it would be silly to think it would go through the digital enhancement one would like. That's too expensive for such a film as this, but it would make some company some money to do this. Hopefully they will soon.

As for the movie itself. I enjoyed it for what it was. A decent horror/sc-fi flick for it's time. I wish people would stop comparing it to Alien. All Sci-fi creature movies are alway compared to it...let movies stand on there one. This one does, it has a legendary scene with a blond girl and huge slimy creature. Alien never had that!!! And who could forget Erin Moran(good old innocent Joanie from Happy Days) get squished like a bug. Fun stuff.Look out for Freddy Krueger's Robert Englund in the cast. James Cameron got his start here too. There is quite a lot to this film and it's history so for God's sake...somebody buy the rights and put it out on DVD already!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3e3b8f4) out of 5 stars One of Roger Cormans greatest films! Aug. 26 2014
By Dan the monster movie fan - Published on
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"THE ULTIMATE HORROR IN SPACE", "HELL HAS JUST RELOCATED", "PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE ULTIMATE BATTLE". From the man who brought you, Forbidden World (1982), Humanoids from the Deep (1980), Piranha (1978), Death Race 2000 (1972), comes Galaxy of Terror...

Plot: Crew members aboard the ship-Quest, are requested to voyage across a desolate planet. There mission is to investigate the disappearance of the members from the previous expedition. Only to have their worst nightmares manifest themselves, into horrible death traps.

The Death Traps:
A spider-creature
Body fluid sucking tentacles
A giant maggot (Actually a Mealworm beetle larva)
A crystal star
Evil Doppelganger
a horned monster
constricting wires

The Victims:
Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm St, Dead & Buried)
Sid Haig (Spider Baby, The Devils Rejects)
Edward Albert (House Where Evil Dwells)
Zalman King (Blue Sunshine)
Erin Moran (Happy Days)
Ray Walston (My Favorite Martian)
Taaffe O'Connell
Bernard Behrens
Grace Zabriskie
Jack Blessing
Mary Ellen O'Neill

Galaxy of Terror, used to be regarded as trash by critics, but has grown a cult following, which it does deserve. While no major classic by any means, Galaxy does have quite a few good tings. Most of the acting is actually pretty good, while Sid Haig may only speak 1 line of dialogue, it was probably for the best. However this makes the character more mystique, & dare I say, kinda cool. Haigs character doesn't take crap from anybody. Regardless Haig still puts in a good performance. Englund also puts in a good performance, though his character is pretty much just sort of there. Everyone else puts in a decent performance, or a tad weak performance. Even though the budget is a little low, the effects look stellar, & most hold up to this day. However most of that is due to the production crew, James Cameron (Terminator, Aliens), & even Bill Paxton (Near Dark). The creature effects look cool, & the set designs are great. Parts of the ship's interior was done with McDonald's burger cartons. The optical effects look neat, except for one particular moment at the end, it only occurs for about 2-3 seconds, so it's nothing to really groan over. The writing for the most part, is decent, though most of the dialogue is cheesy. The score is also good, but nothing memorable. What also helps the film, are a creepy claustrophobic atmosphere, a foreboding mood, & its effects. Some of the characters are pretty forgettable, but most are likeable. That being said, the characters have very little depth, too. Even though it's a B-movie, it's actually pretty good, & most fans of horror & or old sci-fi should enjoy it as much as I did.

Fun Facts:
Alternate Titles- Mindwarp, Mindwarp Infinity, Mindwarp: Infinity of Terror.
For New Worlds pictures, the budget-1.8 million, was rather high.
James Cameron served as Production Designer and Second Unit Director on the film.
In one scene, Cameron was able to figure out a way to get maggots to wiggle on cue by developing a metal plate onto which the maggots were placed, then ran an electrical current through the plate whenever filming began, causing the maggots to move energetically about.
Corman produced a few other sci-fi films centered around space- Forbidden World, Battle Beyond the Stars, The Terror Within, Dead Space, Not of this Earth-1988, Not of this Earth-1956, It Conquered the World, War of the Satellites, & Time Walker (1982).

Galaxy of Terror was made to capitalize on the success of 1979's Alien. However there's only a few similarities, "A message is sent about the vanishing of one crew, forcing the other crew to find some sort of terror/horror. Finding said terror in an old relic." That's where the similarities end. People tend to dislike the ending, but I actually like it, I felt that it really was the only way the film could end. If it ended in lets say, our hero kills the villain, then walks all the way back to the Quest, & flies away, it just wouldn't have ended well. Anyway Galaxy of Terror is a fun horror flick, there's an array of special effects, & plenty of hideous monster action.

DVD Rating- 5/5 Film Rating- 5/5

Disc Content:
Making of Galaxy of Terror
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