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Galaxy of Terror, 1981, USA   DIRECTED BY BRUCE D. CLARK
Slightly derivative of both Alien and Forbidden Planet, Galaxy of Terror deservedly bombed at the box office but has since gained a big cult following mostly because of that ubiquitous B-movie producer's credit, "Roger Corman". The story is familiar enough: the crew of a spaceship investigate a mysterious pyramid on a distant planet and come face-to-face with their own monsters from the Id. How they are picked off is predictable enough, with the possible exception of one crew member whose biggest fear is rape, and who gets tangled up rather unpleasantly with a giant worm. This was a scene that, in a rather sick twist, Corman had privately promised his financial backers; the director and actress refused to shoot it so Corman shot it himself with a body double, and the censors then insisted on making cuts (the entire scene is, apparently, lost). It's still the scene you remember from an otherwise unremarkable movie; everything looks like Aliens (but then that's possibly because James Cameron was the production designer), the monster effects look good despite not being the least bit scary, and the compulsory gore and dismemberment scenes look just a bit too plastic. Plus, it's mostly the annoying, garish and entirely synthesised soundtrack that gives away this movie as being a product of the 1980s. I wish I could say "they don't make 'em like this any more", but unfortunately they do.

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godelescherbach From: godelescherbach Date: June 14th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

A B Favorite

Not as classic as say, some of the 50's SF flicks or even as classic as Corman's own remake of 7 Samurai, but a fun little riff off of Alien.
peteyoung From: peteyoung Date: June 15th, 2012 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: A B Favorite

OMG WTF Fred's back on LJ (!!!1!)

I particularly enjoyed seeing a pre-Twin Peaks Grace Zabriski and a different kind of role for Ray Walston. Robert Englund, I don't particularly care for. Yeah, fun in parts, although I don't think this one's going on the shelf for keeps.
randy_byers From: randy_byers Date: June 14th, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a hard time with a lot of horror films, and this is precisely the type of horror film I have the hardest time with, but I remember watching this on TV in the wee hours sometime in the early '80s when I was living in Portland. I kept coming back to it after commercial breaks, even though it was freaking me out. The rape scene sticks with me, of course, but my memory also says there's one death by a sharp object that crawls along under a character's skin toward his heart. Is that in this one? That about did me in too.
peteyoung From: peteyoung Date: June 15th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, this is the one. I think that scene might have turned my stomach in the ’80s too if I'd seen it then, but these days I find myself being able to 'see the join' in special effects a little clearer, as it were.
randy_byers From: randy_byers Date: June 15th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really should learn that trick myself one of these days, but I haven't made much progress.
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