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Laserblast (1978)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1 March 1978 (USA)
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A teenager stumbles upon an alien weapon, which transforms him into a grotesque killer.


Michael Rae
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Milford ... Billy Duncan
Cheryl Smith ... Kathy Farley
Gianni Russo ... Tony Craig
Ron Masak ... Sheriff
Dennis Burkley ... Deputy Pete Ungar
Barry Cutler ... Deputy Jesse Jeep
Mike Bobenko Mike Bobenko ... Chuck Boran
Eddie Deezen ... Froggy
Keenan Wynn ... Colonel Farley
Roddy McDowall ... Doctor Mellon (as Roddy McDowell)
Rick Walters Rick Walters ... Mike London
Simmy Bow Simmy Bow ... Gas Station Attendant
Joanna Lipari ... Franny Walton
Wendy Wernli Wendy Wernli ... Carolyn Spicer
Michael Barrere Michael Barrere ... Hip Kid (as Michael Bryar)


Alien creatures kill a mutated alien creature in the California desert. Its remains, and the high-tech laser gun and power source accidentally left behind, are found by an ostracized teenager. However, the power source causes the teenager to mutate too, and he goes on a murderous rampage. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Original Sci-Fi Classic! See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi


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Did You Know?


The scene in which Billy blows up a roadside billboard advertising Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) was filmed after principal shooting had wrapped. See more »


When Chuck and Froggy's burning car is rolling along in slow-motion, cables are visibly streaming from the rear of the vehicle. See more »


Sheriff: What can I do for ya, fella?
Tony Craig: First, you take your feet off the desk. Second, you take the cigar out of your mouth. And third, you stand up.
Sheriff: Who the hell are you?
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Crazy Credits

Roddy McDowall's name is spelled McDowell at the end. See more »

Alternate Versions

Laserblast was edited down for its appearance on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1996. Among the scenes cut was a sequence where party guests are questioned at the police station about Chuck's car exploding, more conversations between Billy and Cathy, and more footage of Billy in alien monster mode destroying downtown - along with the sheriffs car being flipped. See more »


Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Ender's Game/The Shining (2013) See more »

User Reviews

A great idea that was poorly executed.
3 May 2017 | by ChinkyFunbagsSee all my reviews

The really bad thing about this movie is the amount of time wasting filler.More than half of this is just people walking or driving with no dialogue or action. The set up is great.A weird looking alien in a Star Trek uniform is stumbling through the desert with a giant laser gun.A space ships flies in and two E.T. style aliens get out with a very small gun.They turn the guy into dust and leave.But the guy's giant laser gun and weird necklace survive somehow.Then they spend way too much time trying to get us to feel sympathy for the main character.He's a rich kid with a hot girlfriend but his mommy doesn't have time for him.The cops hassle him and the other kids make fun of him so he goes to the desert and finds the laser gun and starts blowing up stuff.Then we see that the aliens can see he found the gun and they know they have to come back and stop him.But it's not even the aliens that were there, it was their superior.So they left cameras there and left that laser and only their superior can watch the cameras?It doesn't make any sense and they replay the entire scene of the kid finding gun.This could have been a great short but it's a not so great full length.

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1.66 : 1
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