Grindhouse Double Shock Show: Star Odyssey (1979) / Prisoners of the Lost Universe (1983)
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The film opens with bad electronic music (repeated throughout the film at random, inappropriate times) that is akin to the theme from "Pod People." The first thing I noted was that the box and the credits can't agree on how to spell the name of the star of the film, Yanti Sommer. Or is it Yanti Somer? (Actually, the second seems to be correct, given other movie credits.) The first thing that becomes obvious is that the sets are very cheesy, and the dubbing to English matches, as does the acting: apparently there is no Italian word for "subtle." The cast has it all, including an extremely annoying actor whose name is "Hollywood" evidently because he is so good looking. This is a premise that I don't think anyone will buy, especially after one look at his mustache: he plays one third of a torrid and confusing love triangle. Also featured throughout are really bad computer "voices" that are perhaps the lamest things I have ever heard.
There is some expository information about how a superior world will be enslaving the earth shortly, which is illustrated by black and white world war two blitzkrieg footage of explosions edited jarringly into the film. To help combat the looming menace the heroes enlist the help of a crazy professor with a telepathically controlled medicine chest.Read more ›
Prisoners Of The Lost Universe:
One of the greatest movies of its time.
Wait…what? Oh, no, I meant to say that this movie wanted to be one of the greatest movies of its time. Some over-acting (John Saxon’s warlord, Kleel, being all manly), some under-acting (leads Richard Hatch, Captain Apollo of the original “Battlestar Galactica”, and the fetching but generally unfazed Kay Lenz are both guilty), and some outright cheezy acting (Peter O’Farrell’s “Lord of the Rings” rejected Hobbit thief Malachi is the main offender here) actually add charm to low-budget set pieces in a savage Californian backlot wilderness that had a couple of promising practical effect moments with men in suits as water creatures. This not-quite-apocalyptic fantasy feature which borrows gladdeningly from “The Hidden Fortress” and “Star Wars” storylines follows Carrie, (Lenz, who channels more than a bit of 1970s Farrah Fawcett here if we’re being honest) a trash TV reporter, who interviews a scientist who says that he’s able to transport matter between realities. As you know, because this takes place in sunny SoCal, an earthquake hits (and hits and hits) just at the right times to knock the scientist, our heroine, and unlucky Dan (Hatch) into another dimension strangely like our own but ruled more or less by a ruthless warlord (Kleel) who keeps everyone in line with his gun (can you guess who provided him with the gun and the gunpowder? Hint: it was the good scientist).Read more ›
Anyway, the aliens have large teams of bold commando androids that carry energy swords, like light sabers. There are robots galore, a r2-d2 type type robot that whistles and chirps, a professional boxing/wrestling robot named Hercules that fights in the human vs robot league; a pair of robots in love that are brought back from the scrapyard, and more. There are guys that backflip and somersault around while fighting, but the fight scenes are not too bad. The spaceship models all look pretty cool, the swords are actually not bad for this budget, the costumes are very disco but not cheap-looking. The makeup effects for the aliens are not bad either. All in all, this 1970's b-movie would be a great midnight special cult favorite, and I am glad we stumbled on it.
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This video is not much better than what you could find by browsing YouTube for an hour.
There was no performance footage at all.
The interviews had no new info. Read more