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Laserblast is one of those classics in the spirit of Ed Wood Jr. Released in 1978, it stars the late Kim Milford (best known for popularizing the role of Rocky Horror in the Roxy version of "The Rocky Horror Show") as Billy, a handsome but shy and dysfunctional young man who comes across this groovy space gun that blows people & things to smithereens. There is a catch to this magical zapping-machine: with each blast, poor Billy gradually turns from the sweet & shy guy to a physically grotesque and murderous creature who begins taking out his enemies (not to mention a few innocent bystanders). Being that the film takes place the year after "Star Wars" was released, Billy even takes his aggression out on a small billboard advertising the film!
All this time these Claymation Space Creatures are cruising about in a spaceship, monitoring the earthly activity of their potent zapping machine, speaking in a way-out tongue that is never revealed.
As one who enjoys spotting familiar celeb faces in B-Movies, I had a field day with this film as the cast includes Roddy Mc Dowell (it always interested me how he appeared in as many campy films as he did quality films), Keenan Wynn, Gianni Russo (best known as Carlo in "The Godfather"), Eddie Deezen (character actor known for his ultra-nerd roles in movies like "Wargames," and most recently in "Polar Express"), and the late Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith, who appeared in scores of B-Movies throughout the 1970s. The movie was directed by Michael Rae, who went on to direct.....Read more ›
Well, I couldn't help but watch this little gem of a ludicrous sci fi laugh fest. Turtle aliens leave a LAWN MOWER GUN in the desert that can only be activated if you strap a glowing grenade necklace around your neck!!
Enter Billy the disenfranchised stereotypical 70's dude. He's mad at everyone kicking him around so he puts two and two together with the lawn mower shaped tube gun and the grenade and WHHHAMO!! Laserblast!! He is transformed into a green alien with pointed teeth, roars like a mountain lion, and leaps through the air in his Robert Plant outfit....
Billy quickly takes revenge on all who pick on him...
Blows away the deputy sheriff while the deputy's unloading in the outhouse
Shoots two punks in an old Chevy driving down the highway
Kills another hippy who picks Billy up while hitchhiking
Blows away multiple mailboxes
Shoots the newstands
Blasts an airplane after getting shot full of M-16 bullets
Engages turtle aliens at the end....
If you like movies like Plan Nine From Outer Space, Dracula Vs. Frankenstein, and other psychotronic cheesy yet fun movies, you MUST BUY THIS SUCKER and have a belly laugh. It's awesome. My wife HATES it when I put this movie on but I just can't help my guilty pleasure, watching good bad movies!! This is the cream of the crop!!
Altogether, this is a laughable effort, played very seriously by all involved, thus further adding to the entertainment value of the DVD. The script is awful, the characters very over the top (especially Billy and Roddy McDowall), and there are some scenes so bad that you may have to watch them several times to really get their full effect, notably the explosions (always shot from multiple angles), and the aliens speaking their own language. This is a true sci-fi classic, just like the box claims; just understand that it's a classic because it's so bad it's good!
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I'm in the minority but I have fond memories of this movie. Good transfer and packagingPublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
I got this one for bad movie night and it sure is bad but not in a very funny way. It has a few chuckles, a tragic ending, and the whole thing is just stupid. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gregor Waltz
HAD FOND MEMORIES OF THIS AS A KID . WATCHING IT AGAIN DECADES LATER WITH MY WIFE ( HER FIRST TIME WATCHING THIS ) AND WE BOTH HAD A GREAT TIME . Read morePublished 4 months ago by ZOMBIESCIENTIST
Wow. What a movie. Yep, its a low budget film. And it shows. But so was Star Trek. And it is a cultural phenom. Kim is a very cool guy. Kinda Earths version of Luke Skywalker. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Matt Fox
The STAR WARS billboard that is. Co starring the great Roddy Mc Dowell Keenan Wynne and the not so great Ed Dezen... Read morePublished 9 months ago by grafdog
for some strong reason I've always loved this movie it's not that's it all that great but it has always has stuck in my mine.I'm 63 yes old.Published 11 months ago by SHARMAGNE MOON
Worst movie ever made 10/10 would torture friends and family with again. They nearly shot me when they saw I had bought the DVD.Published 11 months ago by Dayllan Matthew Maar
The credits roll in neon green with constant reminders this is a Charles Band film, so you know its gotta be good. Read morePublished 12 months ago by The Movie Guy
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