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Director:
Writers:
Marc Siegler (written by) &
Bruce D. Clark (written by)
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Release Date:
October 1981 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
ALIEN was the beginning ... Hell Has Just Been Relocated! See more »
Plot:
SciFi suspense thriller in which a rescue space ship crew meets up with horrors projected by their own imaginations. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edward Albert ... Cabren

Erin Moran ... Alluma

Ray Walston ... Kore
Bernard Behrens ... Commander Ilvar

Zalman King ... Baelon

Robert Englund ... Ranger
Taaffe O'Connell ... Dameia

Sid Haig ... Quuhod

Grace Zabriskie ... Captain Trantor

Jack Blessing ... Cos
Mary Ellen O'Neill ... Mitri
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenny Myers ... Dead spaceship crew member (uncredited)
Brian Wade ... Shadow monster (uncredited)

Directed by
Bruce D. Clark  (as B.D. Clark)
 
Writing credits
Marc Siegler (written by) &
Bruce D. Clark (written by) (as B.D. Clark)

William Stout  outline (uncredited)

Produced by
Roger Corman .... producer
Marc Siegler .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Barry Schrader 
 
Cinematography by
Jacques Haitkin (director of photography)
Austin McKinney (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Larry Bock 
R.J. Kizer 
Barry Zetlin 
 
Casting by
Lisa Mionie 
 
Production Design by
James Cameron 
Robert Skotak 
 
Art Direction by
Steve Graziani 
Alex Hajdu 
 
Set Decoration by
K.C. Scheibel 
Bill Paxton (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Timaree McCormick 
 
Makeup Department
R. Christopher Biggs .... prosthetics fabrication (as Chris Biggs)
Larry S. Carr .... prosthetics fabrication (as Larry Carr)
Sue Dolph .... makeup artist
Alec Gillis .... prosthetics fabrication
Iya Labunka .... prosthetics fabrication
Kenny Myers .... first assistant makeup effects (as Kenny Meyers)
Tom Schwartz .... prosthetics fabrication
Thom Shouse .... special makeup effects supervisor
Peter Tothpal .... hair stylist
Brian Wade .... prosthetics fabrication
Allan A. Apone .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Kevin Shanks .... effects makeup assistant (uncredited)
 
Production Management
William T. Conway .... production manager: second unit (as Bill Conway)
Mary Ann Fisher .... executive in charge of production
Ellen K. Hanson .... post-production supervisor
Aaron Lipstadt .... production manager
Charles Skouras III .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Allan .... assistant director: second unit (as Mark Allen)
James Cameron .... second unit director
Betsy Magruder .... second assistant director
Peter Manoogian .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Francesca Bartoccini .... property master
Pamela Canzano .... assistant props (as Pam Canzano)
Forrest Chadwick .... lead carpenter
Phil Thomas Jr. .... construction supervisor (as Philip Thomas)
Pamela B. Warner .... props: second unit (as Pam Warner)
Sol Aquino .... props and sets (uncredited)
Brian Hanish .... props: electronics (uncredited)
Rick Moore .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Mark A. Shelton .... art department electrician (uncredited)
Robert Short .... weapon designer (uncredited)
Wayne Springfield .... property maker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ken Beauchene .... sound (as Ken Beauchane)
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound effects editor
Galen Handy .... audio consultant (as Galen Handee)
Stephen Purvis .... dialogue editor (as Steve Purvis)
David Lewis Yewdall .... supervising sound editor
David E. Stone .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Allan A. Apone .... mechanical effects (as Al Apone)
Steve Neill .... mechanical effects
Rick Stratton .... mechanical effects
Douglas J. White .... mechanical effects (as Doug White)
Kevin Shanks .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Stephen Barncard .... special effects electronics
Steve Caldwell .... additional photography: special visual effects
Tom Campbell .... visual effects supervisor
Brian Chin .... model shop supervisor
Brian Chin .... stop motion animator
George D. Dodge .... additional photography: special visual effects (as George Dodge)
Mike Dubrow .... electronics engineer
Ernest D. Farino .... graphic animation designer
Randall Frakes .... camera operator: special visual effects (as Randy Frakes)
Deborah Gaydos .... assistant animator
Julia Gibson .... additional photography: special visual effects
Frank H. Isaacs .... camera operator: special visual effects (as Frank Isaacs)
Donald G. Jackson .... camera assistant: special visual effects (as Don Jackson)
Ron Lizorty .... miniature sculptor
Matthew McAllister .... special effects lighting (as Matt McAlister)
Austin McKinney .... director of photography: special visual effects
Sara Nelson .... effects coordinator
Eric Peterson .... camera assistant: special visual effects
Tony Randel .... optical supervisor (as Anthony Randel)
Tony Randel .... visual effects editor (as Anthony Randel)
Jay Roth .... model builder
Mark Sawicki .... graphic animation photography
Brent Scrivener .... model shop engineer (as Brent Scrivner)
Dennis Skotak .... supervising director of photography: special visual effects
Joseph Yanuzzi .... assistant effects editor
Ted Rae .... animation cameraman (uncredited)
Robert Skotak .... special visual effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Brennan .... gaffer
Anne S. Coffey .... first assistant camera (as Ayne Coffey)
Steve Freidman .... electrician
Greg Gardiner .... best boy electric (as Greg Gardener)
Jim Grce .... electrician
Lawrence Karman .... electrician (as Larry Karman)
Nick Kelsh .... still photographer
David Lee Miller .... grip (as David Miller)
Mike Moad .... grip (as Mike Mohde)
Tracy Neftzger .... key grip
David W. Nims .... grip (as Dave Nims)
John Sorich .... best boy grip
Gary Wagner .... director of photography: second unit
Jerry Workman .... lighting consultant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jonathan David Young .... wardrobe master
 
Editorial Department
John K. Adams .... assistant editor
Clark Henderson .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Michael Hoenig .... performer: synthesizer
 
Other crew
Jane Covner .... publicist
Rupert Harvey .... production accountant
Don Keith Opper .... production coordinator (as Don Opper)
Mark S. Thomas .... script supervisor (as Mark Thomas)
Whitney Scott Bain .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mike Chambers .... production assistant (uncredited)
David DeCoteau .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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81 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Certification:
Australia:M | France:12 (TV rating) | France:16 (original rating) | Germany:16 (2011) (re-rating) | Iceland:(Banned) | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #26442) | West Germany:18 (VHS rating) | West Germany:16 (theatrical rating)

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Trivia:
Originally, Taaffe O'Connell's character was supposed to be attacked and eaten by the giant worm. The change to her being raped by it was a last minute decision by director Bruce D. Clark. While she didn't object to doing nudity, she was upset by the fact that the set and the slime that she had to be coated with were both freezing the day of the shoot.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Quuhod drops his crystal throwing star to remove one of the broken points from his arm. When this proves futile, the throwing star reappears in his hand.See more »
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Quuhod:I live and die by the crystals.See more »
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46 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Cool, Creepy, Gross Sci-Fi Sleaze, 5 July 2004
Author: squeezebox from United States

GALAXY OF TERROR is by no means a great movie. But it's a good bit of nasty fun, with generous helpings of sleaze and outrageousness to keep even jaded viewers hooked.

First of all, let's get the whole "rip-off of ALIEN" thing out of the way right off the bat. Other than the first few scenes, in which the crew of a space vessel is ordered to land on and investigate a desolate planet from which strange signals are originating, this movie has virtually no similarity to Ridley Scott's film at all. Let's not forget that most low budget extraterrestrial monster movies in the wake of ALIEN were compared to their more expensive predecessor (or that ALIEN itself was shamelessly derivative of a half-dozen sci-fi flicks from the 50's and 60's).

The crew land, and soon come to realize that their own worst fears are manifesting themselves physically and attacking them. The control freak pilot finds herself confronted by an unstoppable alien force. The spiritual warrior's mystical crystal weapon turns against him. The gung-ho, by-the-books leader's childhood fear of monsters comes back to haunt him. And, in the movie's gross-out highlight, a female crew member's revulsion of worms results in her being stripped naked, coated in slime and raped by a giant maggot!!!

There's no shortage of carnage and wackiness, and it all leads up to a surprisingly metaphysical conclusion. Many of this movie's critics have found the ending to be a ridiculous cop-out, but I found it ambitious and thoughtful. Perhaps snobby film buffs can't accept that a low budget sleazefest like this can ultimately rise above its own baseness and deliver a profoundly mysterious ending.

GALAXY OF TERROR is one of the more imaginative and bizarre of Roger Corman's late 70's/early 80's productions. It features some art direction and 2nd unit work by James Cameron, and has the gritty surreal look of a Lucio Fulci zombie flick. And how can you pass up a movie in which Erin Moran (Joanie from HAPPY DAYS) gets her head squashed by an alien squid? I recommend this movie highly to schlock fans of all ages.

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