When spaceship Remus crash-lands on planet Morganthus, the Planet Master of Xerces sends the spacecraft Quest to rescue them, but it crash-lands, too. Baelon leads the away team, comprising himself, his rival Cabren, psi-sensitive Alluma, medic Dameia, martial arts fighter Quuhod and jittery rookie Cos. Finding only brutally murdered bodies aboard the Remus, Quest personal start getting brutally slaughtered, one-by-one, themselves. With their ship still damaged, the team investigates a nearby, lifeless alien pyramid, not realizing its using their own personal fears to hunt them down and kill them.Written by
Future director James Cameron worked as Art Director on this movie, but got a big career break when he noted that the director and camera crew didn't produce enough shots. He requested to be Second Unit Director as well, so that he could film additional shots. His request was honored, and one of his suggestions was adding a scene involving a severed arm covered with squirming maggots. Cameron used real maggots, but because they didn't move by themselves, he invented a set-up by hooking a power drill line to the arm and hiding the cords inside the set. One of his co-workers would then plug the wire into an electrical outlet, letting the maggots wriggle on cue. On the day that the effect was shot, two of the future producers of Piranha II: The Spawning (1981) were on set. They were so impressed by Cameron's ingenuity that they immediately told him they had big plans for his future, and signed him on for his first directorial deal when production on GoT was over. See more »
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 »
What is it?
Nothing. I keep seeing something and then nothing.
Stay close. We can't afford to be separated.
Damned if you do and damned if you don't.
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End credits roll over the pyramid which glows blue as the wind can be heard blowing. See more »
The 1986 UK Warner video release was cut by 14 secs by the BBFC to reduce the rape of Dameia by a giant maggot. The cuts were fully waived for the 2002 ILC DVD. See more »
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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