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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.
This is a movie that a lot of us old time horror movie fans will love.
You have got to love some of the films Roger Corman produced! This
movie has just about all that I would love in a horror film. Disgusting
slimy monsters, great sets, graphic gore, a creepy storyline, a great
cast, and great atmosphere. For me, a lot of the crap coming out in
today's theater can't compare to movies like this.
I am not sure whether this movie takes place in the distant future or in a far off galaxy, but, the story has to do with a space crew going to a planet to rescue another crew. When they get there it seems that the other crew is dead. Upon searching there grounds they discover an ancient pyramid. What they don't realize is this pyramid is an evil place causing there worst fears to come to life.
The cast includes Ray Walston (My Favorite Martian), Zalman King (Blue Sunshine), Robert England (A Nightmare on Elm St.), Grace Zabrinski (Servants of Twilight), Edward Albert (The Domino Principle), Erin Moran (Happy Days) and Sid Haig (The Devils Rejects). This is a great cast of (at the time) new and old faces.
The Special effects in the movie are excellent for a B film. If you have seen the awesome poster artwork for the movie then you should know what to expect! We get a giant maggot, a few demons, blood sucking pods, killer crystals, etc. And the gore effects were really well done. When I watched this I wasn't expecting it to be gory at all, but there are a few scenes that are rather surprising! This was such a fun movie. Unfortuantly the days of monster movies are over. Enjoy the great B classics! 9/10
I can still remember watching this film in the wee hours of the morning at about 13 yrs old; I wanted decadent, late night cable programming, and this one delivered. Twenty years later, I still remember it for one scene: a giant maggot raping a woman. It was a completely gross, bizarre, yucky, surreal moment in cinema, but unlike anything I had ever seen. I still can't get over how weird it is and how something like that made it into a film. The rest of the film contains a few other bizarre scenes but beyond this, the film is really just a waste of time. However, the production design (James Cameron) for this film was actually pretty original and well done for the time/budget (the planet the crew is trapped on has a kind of strangely dim lighting and claustrophobic feeling).
When i saw the trailer for galaxy of terror i knew it was going to be good,as a roger Corman produced b-movie it is a wild ride.sort of like alien on a lower budget.it stars Eddie Albert Jr.zalman king,Sid haig, ray walston(my favorite martian)Robert englund(nightmare on elm street) Erin Moran(Joanie on TV's happy days)and grace zabriskie(twin peaks) its bizarre science fiction horror about a group of space travelers on a rescue mission encountering terrors of all sorts,a women is raped by a giant worm,now thats bizarre.James Cameron was involved in the production.critics bashed this and it was one of the movies on the DVD 50 worst movies of all time,sorry i don't agree.its the best of the alien rip offs.7 out of 10
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A spacecraft travels to a distant planet to rescue the crew of another
space ship that has crashed. The craft has damages in the landing and
needs to be repaired. Baelon (Zalman King) commands the rescue team
formed by his rival Cabren (Edward Albert), Alluma (Erin Moran), Dameia
(Taaffe O'Connell), Quuhod (Sid Haig) and the rookie Cos (Jack
Blessing). While looking for survivors from the former expedition, Cos
is murdered and they do not find any survivor. However they cannot
depart from the planet due to an electromagnetic field. Commander Ilvar
(Bernard Behrens) joins the team to search for the cause of the
interference in the spacecraft. Captain Trantor (Grace Zabriskie) stays
in the craft with the technician Ranger (Robert Englund) and the cook
Kore (Ray Walston) but soon one by one of the rescue team members is
killed in weird situations, created by the materialization of their own
"Galaxy of Terror" is a great sci-fi B movie with a story with good premise, although having many clichés of the genre. The menaces of the planet are nothing but the fruit of the imagination of each person, projecting their inner fear. Further, this movie has probably one of the most erotic scenes I have ever seen. Dameia, the character played by the sexy Taaffe O'Connell, has a great fear of maggots, being a kind of "worm-phobic" person. When she meets the huge maggot, she starts screaming for help, while the creature with many legs rips her clothes off and rapes her. Her naked body is covered and lubricated by slime, and her initial panic becomes into a very intense multiple orgasms. Other good attractions are the names of James Cameron (as unit director in the bottom of the credits), the later soft porn director Zalman King ('Wild Orchid') and Robert "Freddy Krueger" Englund in the cast. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Galáxia do Terror" ("Galaxy of Terror")
Note: On 18 October 2014, I saw this movie again.
Early eighties Roger Corman sci-fi flick featuring a cast of b-grade
actors on a mission to a distant planet to investigate a dying signal
from a doomed space vessel. Once they arrive on the planet they soon
discover that the crew is no more and that a black pyramid draws them
in mysteriously. The cast's worst nightmares are manifested into
reality as they are picked off one by one. But by whom exactly? If you
were stumped as to who it was might I interest you in some low-property
tax swamp land.
I have never been much of a Corman fan but this is one of his most ambitious and entertaining films. The fact that this is considered one of the 50 worst films of all time is not only silly but calls into question the bad movie credentials of whomever listed Galaxy of Terror. Have you even seen War of the Robots? Any movie that dispatches Erin Moran by crushing her skull and features the Hentai-like mutant worm raping to death a very buxom Taaffe O'Connell deserves cult status damn you! This is my third Zalman King film reviewed on this site, through no fault of my own mind you, and his limited range as an actor leaves little wonder why he made the move to directing light porn. Edward Albert is not very engaging as the male lead Cabren while I hope Sid Haig was paid by his screen time rather his amount of dialogue. Robert Englund, Ray "I've been old for 1000 years" Walston and Grace Zabriskie, who was great in Twin Peaks, round out the cast. If you happen upon this movie give it a watch. It's sure to entertain.
I loved this film. It's got all the things you could ever want to see in a B-film -- fairly good actors chewing scenery, convoluted but interesting plot, some violence, a fast pace, and the strangest scene of all time! If you can find it, you should definitely check it out.
I can't believe that people keep comparing this film to Alien. First of
all, the original Alien had a budget of 11 million dollars. Galaxy of
Terror was made for around 5 million. Second, Alien was "inspired" by
many horror/scifi films that went before it. If it wasn't a crime for
Alien why then is it a crime that this film used a currently popular
genre title as inspiration? Third, Galaxy of Terror has more in common,
at least story wise, with Forbidden Planet than Alien.
This has the look of a much more expensive production and it takes full advantage of it's exploitation roots. It has a fun cast, some minor gore (much less than you would expect in a film like this), and some gratuitous nudity especially during a rather nasty scene.
It's a fun diversion for fans of these types of films and can be recommended for many reasons. You get to see Robert Englund before he donned the glove, Ray Walston after he was everybody's Favorite Martian and Erin Moran after her years as Joanie. You also get to see some early effects work by James Cameron.
Sure, it gets a little confusing in spots and there's some continuity problems and more than it's share plot holes, but it's still a terrific movie to look at, great set designs and some of the monster effects are decent (and some are bad). It's all that I expect from Roger Corman with more than enough to keep me interested.
Make sure to catch the uncut print if you can!!!
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Yes, it's the gloriously gross'n'graphic Roger Corman-produced early 80's low-budget sci-fi/horror schlock exploitation classic with THAT scene. You know the one I'm talking about: beauteous buxom blonde babe Taaffe O'Connell gets brutally attacked, raped and killed by a hideous and slimy gigantic libidinous maggot. This terrifically tasteless and unforgettable moment rates highly as the jaw-dropping splatter highlight of the entire picture and has rightfully earned this honey a substantial cult following which it enjoys to this very day. The incredible oddball cast counts as another source of tremendous enjoyment: everyone's favorite Martian Ray Walston, a pre-Freddy Krueger Robert Englund, 90's direct-to-video erotic thriller perennial Edward Albert, the ever-intense and flaky Zalman King (Zippie the Abbie Hoffmanesque hippie hero of "Blue Sunshine"), bald, hulking trash feature icon Sid Haig (who meets a memorably grisly fate here), Gus Van Sant film regular Grace ("Drugstore Cowboy," "My Own Private Idaho") Zabriskie, and, best of all, even Erin Moran (Joanie on "Happy Days"!), whose repellently nasty death -- she gets disemboweled and explodes! -- is a true treat to behold. Moreover, the special effects are surprisingly good considering the low budget, the atmosphere is potently intense and creepy, the pace hurtles along at a snappy clip, and the blood, gore and gunk is generously poured on by the nauseating bucket. Oh yeah -- and we also got a provocative subtext here about you must confront your deepest, darkest fears head-on in order to overcome them and acquire real power in life for all you devout seekers of profoundly meaningful themes in low-grade sleazy movies. Tasty trivia tidbit: future heavy duty Hollywood mainstream film director James Cameron worked on the production design and handled second unit director chores, plus a then unknown and struggling pre-stardom Bill Paxton was one of the set decorators (I especially loved the spaceship walls which are obviously McDonald's take-out plates turned inside out and spray-painted some funky gold color!). A simply stupendous piece of totally gnarly cinematic junk.
The crew members of the Quest (Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston,
Robert Englund, Zalman King, Taffee O'Connell, Grace Zabriskie, Sid
Haig, Bernard Behrens and Jack Blessing) are sent to a rescue mission
on the barren planet Morganthus hoping to find the missing crew members
of a previous mission. But their innermost fears on that planet comes
alive to attack on their weakness. They must come face to face with
their darkest fears or they will die.
Directed by Bruce D. Clark (Hammer, Naked Angels, The Ski Bum) made an entertaining, trashy, science-fiction horror film in the wake of "Alien". But the premise tries to do something different, the movie actually has something to say about fear. Produced by Roger Corman (Bloody Mama, The Intruder, The Little Shop of Horrors), he produced this movie on a budget of $700,000! Although the movie seemed to cost more than that. Imaginative designed by Three-Time Oscar Winner:James Cameron (Terminator 1 & 2, Avatar, True Lies) and Two-Time Oscar-Winner:Robert Skotak (Aliens, House on Haunted Hill "Remake", Titanic). Which oddly enough, the look of the movie does look like "James Cameron's Aliens" at times!
The Blu-ray has an sharp if occasionally grainy 1080P anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and an good PCM 2.0 mono sound. The Blu-ray also includes an informative and humorous commentary track by David DeCoteau, Robert Skotak, Alec Gillis and Taaffe O'Connell. The Blu-ray also includes an entertaining documentary of the movie with the new interviews by the cast & filmmakers, Photo Gallery and more.
"Galaxy of Terror" is occasionally silly and flawed in places but it is entertaining and the movie doesn't waste time to get the thrills. The film is infamous for the giant maggot-rape sequence! Also the picture could have used some fleshing out for the characters, especially the supporting characters like Walston and Zabriskie. As a fan of B Movies, this is worth checking out. (****/*****).
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