Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fun With Tentacles!!

Galaxy of Terror 1981
Director: B. D. Clark
Writers: B. D. Clark and Marc Siegler
Starring Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston, Robert Englund, Sid Haig and Grace Zabriskie

There were many Alien ripoffs after that film became a monster success and none were more prominent than the ones done by New World Pictures, Roger Corman's film company. Galaxy of Terror is by far the best out of all of them. With a great genre cast, a quick pace, great effects and a oddly hot impregnation scene by a tentacled alien. This film is really brought to a higher level with a great cast, which includes the always great Haig and Englund. It is also helped with the sex appeal of Zabriskie and her alien rape scene, which is pretty damn arousing to watch. This film is a blast to watch till the end which gets needlessly metaphysical.
The plot basics are this, it is the far future and a lone spaceship is exploring space, the crew are surprised by encountering a strange pyramid form. The crew head in to investigate it and strange things start to happen. It as if the crew's worst fears are coming to life and gorily taking them out one by one. This all leads too the hero of the tale, Carben (Albert) to have a showdown with the creature which leads to a metaphysical ending.
This is really a great B movie. The direction by Clark moves at a rapid clip, and there is never much downtime. Only complaint I would make is that some scenes are a little too dark and confusing. The script is good and serviceable, nothing extraordinary but it serves the plot well. The cast is great, always nice seeing Haig and Englund at work and they do a fine job here. Walston is good as a clear rip off of Ash from Alien. I also loved Zabriskie, she was very sexy especially during the alien rape scene. The effects are excellent for a low budget film and the blood and body parts fly aroun quite freely. This is a good variation on the Alien type of film and everyone who was involved has done an excellent job.
This one gets 4 out of 5

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