Saturday 11 May 2013

"Saturday Night Special": Galaxy of Terror (1981)

When a team of astronauts land on a strange planet to rescue a stranded space ship, they are soon attacked by alien creatures - physical manifestations of fears projected by their own imaginations. Galaxy of Terror is written by Marc Siegler, Bruce D. Clark and William Stout. it´s directed by Bruce D. Clark. The acting is actually pretty bad despite several recognizable actors/actresses in the cast, the camerawork and editing is good. It´s a pretty incoherent and confusing flick but it isn´t meant to be straightforward. The concept of the crew slowly driven mad and attacked by their own fears is pretty awesome and I loved it (it has huge potential). The soundtrack is good. The pacing is pretty good but it gets a bit dull at times. The atmosphere is very effective and some of the visuals are very impressive  (especially for the relatively small budget). The kills are kinda cool and the gore is pretty good. It is of course all practical effects. The creature fx are pretty good and the filmmakers  are careful not to expose them too much. There is T & A, courtesy of Taaffe O'Connell, and rape of a worm-phobic woman by a giant worm that has to be seen as it is cinematic history even if it looks a bit silly it´s one of the highlights of Galaxy of Terror.
This review is based upon the region 1 DVD release from Shout Factory.
Rating: 5½ out of 7. Despite some flaws, it´s a bit spaced out at times, I enjoyed this. Spaceships, alien planets, monsters, worm rape, gore makes this an entertaining little flick.


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