Saturday, 20 August 2011

Galaxy of Terror (Film Review)

“Galaxy of Terror”? Roger Corman somewhat Alien rip-off with a giant Cult Following for all the Pre-Famous people involved such as James Cameron (Who would be the films production designer). It was pretty good and entertaining and the kind of trash I love but it does have its massive flaws… These kinds of Roger Corman produced flicks are making their new life throw his Cult Classic collection on DVD and Blue Ray (This is my first buy and I LOVED IT!!!)

As a lone spaceship proceeds on its long voyage across space, the crew are surprised to encounter a strange pyramid form. Surprise turns to horror as one by one, they discover that their darkest nightmares are all starting to become real. The pyramid has to be behind it all somehow, but how can they save themselves from its influence?

After reading that you might think of Paul W. S. Andersons “Alien vs. Predator”, I see were the comics might have gotten these influence from.  The story is never boring but flawed and its cheap scares and frights make up for all that and the wickedly entertaining story… Though the ending can be somewhat confusing.
The acting isn’t too bad and we have future actors such as Robert Englund (“A Nightmare on Elm Street”). It has some nice direction to go with it all…

The special effects are insane and really cool their full of miniatures and full scale models that look awesome. The landscapes of the Alien planet are fantastic along with the sets, Like always I find it hard to believe it was shoot for a way less budget then a million.

The Aliens look awesome!!!  A lot of great things going behind the scenes as well with the documentary my DVD comes with.
The music is okay and the film has a fast enough pace that’s great.

Here are some facts I found

Unit director James Cameron got maggots to wriggle on a severed arm by passing an electric current through it, impressing a couple of producers and earning him his next job. And so a career was born.

Set dresser on this film was Bill Paxton before he took to acting. He was employed by the film's art director, future frequent collaborator James Cameron.

Originally, Taaffe O'Connell's character was supposed to be attacked and eaten by the giant worm. The change to her being raped by it was a last minute decision by the director. While she didn't object to doing nudity, she was upset by the fact that the set and the slime that she had to be coated with were both freezing the day of the shoot.

A lot of the special effects shots involving live actors combined with matte paintings and miniatures were done in camera.

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.

With a really disturbing Worm rape scene…. “Galaxy of Terror” lives up to its name easy. My final verdict is recommended.

Jesse’s “Galaxy of Terror” score 73-100%

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