Galaxy Of Terror: Roger Corman's Cult Classics [Blu-ray]
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The innermost fears of the mind become reality for the crew members of the Quest when they land on the barren planet Morganthus hoping to find the missing crew members of the starship Remus: only to discover something deadly waiting for them. Each member of the rescuing team must come face to face with their darkest fears or perish. The cast onboard the Quest includes Edward Albert (The House Where Evil Dwells), Erin Moran (Happy Days), Ray Walston (My Favorite Martian), Robert Englund (A Nightmare On Elm Street series), Zalman King (Blue Sunshine) and Sid Haig (House Of 1,000 Corpses).
The film also had its share of new and emerging talent behind the camera, including James Cameron (The Terminator, Aliens, Avatar), who did the production design, and Bill Paxton, who worked as a set decorator before later collaborating with Cameron in front of the camera as an actor.
* Commentary With Cast And Crew
* New Worlds: Producer Roger Corman, screenwriter Marc Siegler and director Bruce D. Clark discuss the origins of the film
* The Crew Of The Quest: Actors Robert Englund, Sid Haig, Taaffe O Connell and Grace Zabriskie discuss their experiences as crew members of the Quest
* Planet Of Horrors: A detailed look into the creation of the memorable sets of the film and alien landscapes
* Future King: Memories of co-production designer (and future visionary filmmaker) James Cameron from members of the cast and crew
* Old School: A journey into the complicated mechanical and makeup effects with artists Allan A. Apone, Douglas J. White, Alec Gillis and others
* Launch Sequence: Co-editor R.J. Kizer walks us through postproduction and a profile on composer Barry Schrader
* Theatrical Trailers
* Extensive Photo Galleries Including Posters, Production Sketches And Designs
* Original Screenplay (PDF)
* And More . . .
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P.S. This is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Not sure it's Blu-ray worthy but I did get the DVD version. Since this is a B movie I recommend you get it if you like it as it may go out of print.
Addendum 11/12/2013: Now available to view in Amazon Prime.
Despite being only 10, I recognized this movie for what it was; a B-movie version that SORT-OF resembled Ridley Scott's "Alien", but with a totally different plot. Maybe this could be considered a cross between "Alien" and "Poltergeist".
Regardless of the film's inspiration, it does display above-average production values for being a low-budget film. The special effects are actually quite decent (for the early '80s) and the set design is very good. The acting is definitely not top-notch, but there are some memorable scenes that pull you in. Besides the actors listed in the product description, look for some decent performances from Bernard Beherens (the Star Wars NPR radio dramas as "Obi-Wan Kenobi") and Grace Zabriskie (The Big Easy, Twin Peaks).
The story itself is quite original (I can't help but feel that "Poltergeist" borrowed from this one - it KNOWS what scares you) and you can easily get caught up in the film's eerie ambience. But, perhaps what is most intriguing is that this is a film brought to us by the legendary Roger Corman; king of the B-movies. Corman had also released "Battle Beyond the Stars" earlier that same year, but this film is far superior to it. BBTS was a meat and potatoes sci-fi film (think "Star Wars" crossed with "The Magnificent Seven") whereas "Galaxy of Terror" had deep psychological undertones and a much more sophisticated plot.
Anywho, at the time this review was written, there is a used DVD copy going for $2400.00. Give me a feakin' break! Who in their right mind is gonna pay that much money for a MOVIE?!?!?!?Read more ›
GALAXY OF TERROR is a weird film. Its sci-fi mysticism is more STAR WARS than ALIEN, but the sets are certainly "inspired" by ALIEN's H.R. Giger, albeit a poor man's Giger. (This IS a Roger Corman film.)
Others have explained the plot. Astronauts go on a rescue mission to a hostile planet, whereupon they meet strange deaths. Actress Taaffe O'Connell's nude rape scene by a giant, slimy maggot has become something of a cult event.
But what really sets this film apart from many DVD releases is its excellent "making of" documentary. Normally, I hate these things. They're usually just extended commercials (sometimes infomercials) shot when the film was made, to play on cable TV. Everyone just rehashes the plot, and offers obligatory praise (so you don't really know what they're thinking).
But GALAXY OF TERROR's "making of" documentary was shot in 2010 -- 29 years after the film was released. Many of these people are semi-retired, they have nothing to lose, so they can be trusted to tell the truth. Rather then prattling obligatory praise, they sound sincere, and offer interesting stories.
Roger Corman is interviewed, as are MANY of the actors (including Taaffe O'Connell), crew, and New World studio personnel. James Cameron (TITANIC, AVATAR) worked on GALAXY OF TERROR. He's not interviewed, but others discuss his work on the film.
This documentary (63 minutes long, according to the Internet Movie Database) is as interesting as the film itself, and that's rare.
The only fault with this DVD: when I hit the Display button on my DVD player, it won't reveal how long the film or documentary are, or how much time has elapsed. That's why I had to go to the Internet Movie Database to check the documentary's time.
Plot: A group of ten explores travel on a spaceship called "Quest" to a planet called "Morganthus" to find some hopeful survivors of a crashed spaceship. Soon however they find out that their own fears appear to be coming to life and killing them off one by one in gruesome fashion! Can anyone stay calm and try to find a way out of this personal living hell?!
Review: Galaxy of terror is one of those cult classics that everyone seems to enjoy everything about it from the great gore effects and set design to the disturbing maggot rape scene. This film definitley has some memoriable, grisly kills and it has earned itself the name Cult Classic but I for one did not enjoy it as much as "Forbidden World".... Don't get me wrong I still dug the hell out of Galaxy of Terror. I felt that the acting was very good considering the time this movie was made and the suspense was there but when the action really came it was more intense than entertaining which isn't really a bad thing. The best thing about this movie was that it was so original, it wasn't just an alien-type movie, there wasn't any real aliens in it anyway, the monsters were just creatures made out of the characters' sub-concious! This movie is basiaclly awesome in every self right, it could've been made into an hour and a half or two hour bore-fest but the deaths kept of piling up kill after kill and the terror was on full force!Read more ›
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Culture style movie.
As some scenes that will really blow your mind.
Great Science Fi and horror flim.
Fine HD transfer of this notorious, seldom seen Science fiction shocker is packed with extras and a commentary track, and produced by Roger Corman.Published 1 month ago by Quiet Knight
Excellent blu Ray release. Packed with great features and booklet.Published 10 months ago by GhostKnife
Nice to rewatch a film I forgot about.
Blu Ray quality sucks. Very grainy.
Overall story is weak but death scenes are pretty good.
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