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Star Slammer (1986)

Prison Ship (original title)
R | | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi | 1986 (USA)
Two women who have been unjustly confined to a prison planet plot their escape, all the while having to put up with lesbian guards, crazed wardens and mutant rodents.

Director:

Fred Olen Ray

Writers:

Michael Sonye (screenplay by) (as Michael D. Sonye), Miriam L. Preissel (original story by) (as Miriam Preissel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandy Brooke ... Taura
Suzy Stokey ... Mike (as Susan Stokey)
Ross Hagen ... Bantor
Marya Gant ... Warden Exene
Aldo Ray ... The Inquistor
Dawn Wildsmith ... Muffin
Richard Hench ... Garth (as Richard Alan Hench)
Michael Sonye Michael Sonye ... Krago (as Michael D. Sonye)
Lindy Skyles Lindy Skyles ... The Sovereign
Bobbie Bresee ... Marai (as Bobbi Bresee)
Danita Aljuwani Danita Aljuwani ... Ruby
Dori Renee Crofts Dori Renee Crofts ... Scratch
Liat Mathias Liat Mathias ... Stace
Mimi Monaco Mimi Monaco ... Squeeker
Vivian Schilling ... Marni (as Vivian Louise Schilling)
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Two women who have been unjustly confined to a prison planet plot their escape, all the while having to put up with lesbian guards, crazed wardens and mutant rodents.

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Taglines:

Untamed. Uncaged. Unleashed In Space.

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prison Ship: 2005 See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film shares it's title with the American comic book of the same name created by Walt Simonson. See more »

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In the last minutes of the film, the hairstyle of Sandy Brooke changes several times between more and less curly. See more »

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Bantor: There are demons all around us. And they take the form of women!
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The closing credits promise: "The Adventures of Taura continue in CHAIN GANG PLANET." See more »

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There are demons all around us! And they take the form of women!
1 May 2018 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

The appealing Sandy Brooke plays Taura, an Amazonian miner who is targeted by a bad guy named Bantor (Ross Hagen), a sadistic government agent. She is sentenced by a judge (John Carradine, in a VERY quick cameo) to prison time on a spaceship, the "Star Slammer" of the title. She earns the respect of fellow inmates such as "Mike" (Suzy Stokey), and gets on the bad side of the kinky warden (Marya Gant) and her eyepatch wearing henchwoman "Muffin" (Dawn Wildsmith).

There's definitely something to be said for movies by the likes of Fred Olen Ray, the director here. There's a complete lack of pretension, as Ray seeks to do no more than entertain the viewers, albeit in a low budget, cheesy way. He's essentially doing a W.I.P. (Women In Prison) exploitation feature, transposed to a science-fiction environment. There's unfortunately no shower scene, but there are the expected catfights, and the attractive female cast shows some of the goods while dressed in stylized, skimpy costumes. The gore and creature effects are wonderfully tacky; be on the lookout for a cameo by the monster in "The Deadly Spawn". Sets, special effects and music all do a suitable job of maintaining interest for a cult-movie loving crowd. Also look for a quick shot from John Carpenters' "Dark Star" and space battle footage bodily lifted from "Battle Beyond the Stars".

Stokey (who does her own harmonica playing at one point) and Brooke are engaging heroines, while Hagen, Gant, and Wildsmith all relish the chance to tear into the scenery. Aldo Ray is kind of wasted as a mutated sadist dubbed The Inquisitor, but at least he gets more screen time than Carradine. Screenwriter Michael Sonye (a.k.a. Dukey Flyswatter) also plays the supporting role of Bantors' flunky Krago. Johnny Legend gives a positively goofy performance as the wandering priest Zaal. Director Ray and Jack H. Harris, who produced the picture with him, have voice-only cameos.

While not one of Rays' best, "Star Slammer" (a.k.a. "The Adventures of Taura: Prison Ship Star Slammer") shows fans of schlock a good time.

Seven out of 10.


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