Galaxy of terror

galaxy of terror

Horrific true tale set in late-'70s Australia about Christine Lewis, a naive year-old who, in , meets Walter Maresch, a handsome German immigrant working. The crew of the starship Quest are sent on a rescue mission to the distant planet Morganthus where they discover a mysterious pyramid-shaped structure, that. A mix of creepily Lovecraftian horror and over the top thrills, this odd little dark fantasy showcases early work from the legendary James Cameron and takes us.

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Movie Info

Neurotic astronauts (Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston) face a giant worm and other monsters on a distant planet.

  • Rating:

    R

  • Genre:

    Sci-fi

  • Original Language:

    English

  • Director:

    B.D. Clark

  • Writer:

    Marc Siegler

  • Release Date (Theaters):

     limited

  • Release Date (Streaming):

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Galaxy of Terror

Directed By

Bruce D. Clark

Written By

Marc Siegler &

Bruce D. Clark

Starring

Edward Albert

Erin Moran
Ray Walston
Taaffe O'Connell
Robert Englund

Cinematography

Jacques Haitkin

Produced By

New World Pictures

Distributed By

United Artists

Release Date(s)

October

Country

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Galaxy of Terror is a galaxy of terror science fiction film produced by Roger Corman through New World Pictures and directed by Bruce D. Clark. It was distributed by United Artists. It stars Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston and Taaffe O'Connell.

Plot[]

On a desolate, storm-lashed planet called Morganthus, the last survivor of a crashed spaceship is attacked and killed by an undead crew member. On Xerxes, another planet a very long distance away, two figures are seen playing a strange game. One, an old woman named Mitri, is identified as the controller of the game while the other, whose head is obscured by a glowing ball of red light, turns out to be an all-powerful mystic called the Planet Master. The two speak cryptically of things being put into motion, galaxy of terror the Master instructs Ilvar (Bernard Behrens), one of his military commanders, to send a ship to Morganthus.

Without delay, the spaceship Quest galaxy of terror off to Morganthus, piloted by Captain Trantor (Grace Zabriskie), a survivor of a famous space disaster that has left her psychologically scarred and unstable. As the Quest approaches the planet's atmosphere, it suddenly veers out of control; slowly the captain realizes she can control the ship as to its approach to the planet, but still plunges toward the surface and makes a survivable landing. After recovering from the crash, the crew prepare to leave the Quest and search for survivors. Among the crew is a psi-sensitive woman named Alluma (Erin Moran). She and other team members have significant problems with pushy and arrogant team leader Baelon (Zalman King), who is unimpressed by Alluma's inability to detect any lifesigns whatsoever.

Crossing the landscape of the planet, they eventually reach the other vessel where they find evidence that a massacre has taken place. The rescue teams split into two and explore the craft. The discovery of more galaxy of terror all but confirms the occurrence of a massacre. The team disposes of all of the bodies except one which they take back for analysis. Cos, galaxy of terror, the highly-strung youngest member of the team, becomes increasingly terrified of being on the ship despite being reassured by his seniors. This is the first clue that it is the fear of the individual crew members that are manifesting to kill them. A short time later, he is killed by a grotesque creature.

The crew discover that something from the planet pulled them down and, in order to escape, they must investigate. While Trantor, Kore (Ray Walston), and Ranger (Robert Englund) remain on the ship, galaxy of terror, Cabren (Edward Albert), Dameia (Taaffe O'Connell), galaxy of terror, Quuhod (Sid Haig), Baelon, Ilvar, galaxy of terror, and Alluma explore the planet. They discover a massive pyramid-shaped structure, which Alluma describes as "empty" and "dead". They find an opening at the top of the pyramid and use a rope to slide Ilvar in; Ilvar is attacked by tentacles that drain his blood. They find an error lnk2001 unresolved external symbol _maincrtstartup entrance, though Quuhod breaks his crystal throwing stars and remains by the entrance. The throwing stars reform; when Quuhod picks one up, a piece breaks off and begins sliding through his skin, forcing him to sever his arm. However, his arm uses the remaining throwing star to impale him, galaxy of terror.

The crew continue to search through the pyramid. When Alluma voices a desire to leave, Baelon refuses to allow it. An angered Dameia wanders into another area and discovers Quuhod's severed arm being eaten by maggots. One maggot grows to giant size then proceeds to strip her naked and rape her to death. Back on the ship, Ranger catches sight of Trantor on the security cameras as she spontaneously combusts. He races to save galaxy of terror, but by the time he reaches her, her skin has completely burned off. After discovering Dameia's corpse, they head galaxy of terror to the ship.

The remaining crew return to the pyramid. There, Baelon elects to stay behind and is torn apart by a monster. Meanwhile, inside the pyramid, Alluma, Ranger, and Cabren are separated by moving walls. Alluma is attacked by tentacles which crush her head, while Ranger is attacked by his double. He manages to fend the double off, and it disappears. Deep inside the pyramid, Cabren discovers that Kore is really the Master, who has been masquerading galaxy of terror Kore on board the Quest. He tells Cabren that he has "won the game." The Master then explains that the pyramid is actually an ancient toy for the children of a long-extinct race, built in order to test their ability to control fear. Cabren is then forced to confront the creatures which attacked the crew as well as zombified versions of the dead crew, all of which he kills. Finally, Cabren kills the Master's previous host body, but as the master cannot be killed, galaxy of terror, Cabren takes his place. Cabren states that he will not play this game, and will simply leave the planet. Kore's dying words express doubt that Cabren will be able to change his fate.

Cast[]

  • Edward Albert as Cabren, an experienced and cool-headed space veteran who is the film's main protagonist
  • Erin Moran as Alluma, the ship's empath
  • Ray Walston as Kore, the ship's cook
  • Taaffe O'Connell as Dameia, the ship's technical officer
  • Bernard Behrens as Commander Ilvar, the overall commander of the mission
  • Zalman King as Baelon, the rescue unit's team leader
  • Robert Englund as Ranger, the ship's second technical officer
  • Sid Haig as Quuhod, crewman and crystal thrower
  • Grace Zabriskie as Captain Trantor, the ship's troubled captain

Production[]

James Cameron[]

While known as a "B movie king", Roger Corman has started the careers of many prominent Hollywood people with his films. Galaxy of Terror was one of the earliest films for director James Cameron, who served as Production Designer and Second Unit Director on the film, galaxy of terror. It was the second Corman film on galaxy of terror Cameron worked as a crewman, the first being Battle Beyond the Stars (). Working on a tight budget, Cameron's innovative filmmaking techniques came to the forefront. In one scene, Cameron was able to figure out a way to get maggots to wiggle on cue by developing a metal plate onto which the maggots were placed, then ran an electric current through the plate whenever filming began, causing the maggots to move energetically about. His ability to find low-tech solutions to such problems reportedly made him a favorite of Corman and eventually allowed him to pursue more ambitious projects. Ridley Scott's Alien () was an important inspiration for Galaxy of Terror and Cameron would later direct the sequel, Aliens (). Optical FX Supervisor Tony Randel, who worked with Cameron on Galaxy of Terror, commented on the Shout! Factory DVD release that Aliens looks like Galaxy of Terror in many ways.

Taaffe O'Connell and "the worm sex scene"[]

The commentary on the Shout! Factory DVD release (see below) includes R.J. Kizer, one of three editors of the film. Kizer reveals that the originally filmed version of the "Dameia" (O'Connell) character's death scene changed significantly as the movie was made, galaxy of terror. The initial writing of the scene had the maggot only stripping and consuming a topless Dameia, but producer Roger Corman had promised financial backers of the movie a sex scene involving O'Connell, so he merged the two ideas together. His re-write of the scene had Dameia reacting in terror when confronting the foot long creature, an "id monster" created from her own mind complete with tentacles, but having the terror give way to forced sexual arousal as the monster strips and rapes her. The re-written scene included full nudity and far more explicit sexual content, including simulated sexual intercourse, and ended with Dameia moaning provocatively, covered in excreted slime, and being driven to an orgasm so intense it kills her.

After informing director Clark and actress O'Connell about the changes and having both of them balk at participating in the more sexually explicit scene, Corman decided to direct the entire scene himself. He hired a body double for O'Connell to shoot the full-nudity sex sequences, although O'Connell ended up in front of the camera for most of the final scene. The completed film was submitted to the Motion Picture Association of America film rating system (MPAA) for review. The sexual content of the scene was considered graphic enough by their standards that it was given an X rating, which was generally given only to the most sexually explicit films.

Kizer then made a number of very small cuts to the scene. In the interview, he stated that the cuts involved either very brief shots of O'Connell's face as her character expressed "rhapsodic and ecstatic" looks that too clearly indicated forced arousal and pleasure at being raped, or lewd "humping" motions made by the giant worm while the nude Dameia is ensnared in its tentacles underneath it, motions that obviously simulated sexual intercourse occurring between galaxy of terror two. None of these cuts were longer than one second in length and most only a few frames, and none altered the sequence of the scene. However, they were enough to avoid the X rating for the film. The visuals of the final released scene in film and VHS versions (later DVD and Blu-ray disc as well) combined with O'Connell's verbalization still leave no doubt as to what happens to the character; in fact, the scene was still too explicit for many countries, who either required it be deleted or denied the film a release entirely. All authorized later releases of the film in Europe, America and elsewhere contain the scene in its final, R-rated version. The X rated clipped materials themselves were lost over time and are not included as part of the new DVD/Blu-ray Disc release or any other release of the film. The film's trailer, which still exists online, shows what may be an unaltered view of one of the full nudity shots, galaxy of terror, containing a slightly different aspect than the one in the final movie.

The scene is discussed on the commentary of the Blu-ray Disc release more than any other aspect of the film. In an interview shown on the Blu-ray Disc, Corman stated that the galaxy of terror of Dameia as re-written had a fear of sex as well as a fear of worms. O'Connell, in a separate interview with Femme Fatales magazine, interpreted that Dameia was frightened by her own sexuality and a desire to submit to something more powerful than herself, something the monster created from her fears gives her to a lethal extent.

Release[]

The film was originally released on VHS and Laserdisc by Nelson Entertainment. Up untilGalaxy of Terror did not have an authorized region 1 (North America) DVD release. There was a remastered and authorized Region 2 (Europe) Italian disc available from Mondo Home Entertainment released in which is now out-of-print. The lack of authorized discs for so many years has led to numerous unauthorized copies of the movie being sold online and elsewhere.

On July 20,Shout! Factory released Galaxy of Terror on Region 1 DVD and, for the first time, on Blu-ray Disc. The release also contains cast interviews and behind-the-scenes information on a variety of aspects.

The film was released in Germany in a dual Blu-ray and DVD uncut 2-disc Limited Edition mediabook from BMV-Medien Entertainment on April 19, Galaxy of terror film was also released in Japan on Blu-ray from Stingray distribution on September 27, and contains the original English language version and a Japanese dubbed version both in Mono DTS-HD Master Galaxy of terror and also includes Japanese subtitles.

Reception[]

Critical reception has been predominantly negative. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an approval rating of 33% based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of /

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B-Movie producer Roger Corman has long had a reputation in the film industry for latching onto a trend and being able get films made in unbelievably short periods of time in order to cash in. He was never known to miss an opportunity &#; famously, the original Little Shop of Horrors was an attempt to make use of the last few days of a studio set before it was torn down; it was shot in less than three days &#; and Galaxy of Terror seems to be an attempt at capturing some of the sci-fi horror audience that lapped up Alien in

Though often dismissed as being a clone of Alien, the film does attempt to set itself apart from Ridley Scott&#;s lavishly shot, peerlessly designed haunted-house-in-space classic. Galaxy of terror basic set up sees an age-diverse crew (featuring a young, pre-Freddy Krueger Galaxy of terror Englund and a mostly mute Sid Haig) dispatched to the planet Morganthus &#; by a being known as the Planet Master &#; in order to respond to a distress signal. One by one, the crew fall prey to whatever it is that&#;s hiding in the planet&#;s ancient temples &#; will any of them survive to discover what&#;s really going on?

Something else Corman is known for is his hiring of talented craftsmen that would provide his cheap quickies with impressive production design given the limitations they faced &#; and Galaxy of Terror is no exception. James Cameron &#; who went on to basically conquer cinema with his mammoth studio productions &#; was the Production Designer and Second Unit Director on Galaxy of Terror, and it shows. Though clearly a cheap production, the costume and set design is actually really impressive, with some really cool practical effects &#; in particular, the alien temple and other landscape model work genuinely looks great. As with Alien, there&#;s a real physical, industrial and functional feel to the ship and many of the environments.

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There&#;s some very gross gore, though not all of it is effective &#; galaxy of terror as it&#;s all so in-your-face and explicit to appeal to the bloodthirsty audience galaxy of terror film would have been aimed at &#; but when it works, it works really well. The film definitely shares some DNA in its design and visuals with films like Terminator and Aliens, though both of those films are an awful lot more competently and carefully made than the end result of Galaxy of Terror &#; which is surely not surprising.

Sadly, despite the impressive production that punches way above its weight, the film&#;s content is all over the place. Even though the setup is pretty straightforward, the storytelling is oddly garbled and the characters are woefully thin, to the extent that what happens to each of them &#; which, spoiler here, is supposed to be tied into their fears &#; never really feels anything more than random, nasty attacks that occur with no rhyme or reason.

And they get truly nasty in one scene, with a vile, prolonged sexual assault involving an alien creature that&#;s clearly meant to titillate. It&#;s truly repellent &#; and, given the unconvincing nature of the creature involved, would be amusing if the intent wasn&#;t so exploitative. Learning why the scene exists in it&#;s current form doesn&#;t make it any better. Corman promised the financial backers of the film a sex scene featuring one of the cast &#; specifically actress Taaffe O&#;Connell. Despite objections from Bruce D. Clark, the film&#;s director, as canon pixma printer error code 5100 as O&#;Connell herself, Corman himself then rewrote and shot the scene with a body double (though O&#;Connell does appear in the scene in the finished film). It&#;s grim and sleazy, far nastier than the sillier, albeit still gross, death scenes featuring the other crewmembers.

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Beyond that low point for the film, the resolution and explanation for the events comes out of nowhere too, galaxy of terror, with an inexplicable display of acrobatics from one of the crew that makes the climax truly laughable. There&#;s the germ of a clever premise in Galaxy of Terror, but it&#;s all told at such a pace and with so little clarity that it never really comes together in the end.

As a showcase for the cinematic talents of people such as James Cameron, Galaxy of Terror is a fascinating glimpse at how his craft developed, though the exploitative nature of the film and its poor development of what should be quite an interesting concept makes it one that&#;s not worth sitting through &#; despite its slender running time, it still feels like an overlong, galaxy of terror, punishingly grim slog.

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Galaxy of Terror

film by Bruce D. Clark

Not to be confused with Galaxy of Fear.

Galaxy of Terror is a science fictionhorror film produced by Roger Corman through New World Pictures and directed by Bruce D. Clark. It was distributed by United Artists. It stars Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston and Taaffe O'Connell.

Plot[edit]

The galaxy of terror takes place on two planets. The first is an Earth-like world called Xerxes. On it, two figures are seen playing a strange game, galaxy of terror. One, an old woman named Mitri, is identified as the controller of the game while the other, a male whose head is obscured by a glowing ball of red light, is referred to as the Planet Master. The two speak cryptically of things being put into motion, and the Master instructs Ilvar, one of his military commanders, to send a ship on a rescue mission to the other world, Morganthus, for a ship that has disappeared.

Without delay, the spaceship Quest blasts off to Morganthus. As it approaches the galaxy of terror atmosphere, it suddenly veers out of control; the captain and tech officer are able to make a controlled crash landing on the surface. After recovering from the crash, the mission team leave the Quest to search for survivors.

Crossing the landscape of the planet, they eventually reach the other vessel, where they find evidence that a massacre has taken place. While wrapping up their survey of the ship, a high-strung young member of the team becomes increasingly terrified, despite being reassured by his seniors. A short time later, while he is alone, he is killed by a grotesque creature that immediately vanishes, leaving only his mutilated body for the search team to find.

Back on the ship, the crew discover a giant structure that is the source of the energy that wrecked them. While the captain and two others remain on the Quest, Ilvar and Cabren lead the rest of the crew to explore the structure. One by one, the members of the mission begin to experience a growing sense of dread and terror in the same way the crewman previously killed had, galaxy of terror. Shortly after these experiences begin, each one is attacked by some kind of creature that is an expression of basic, galaxy of terror, primal fears—tentacles, dismembered arms, inanimate objects, giant worms, shadowy figures.

On the Quest, crewman Ranger catches sight of Captain Trantor running through the ship as if being attacked, and on the security cameras he sees her spontaneously combust as she fires a weapon in an airlock. He and the ship's cook join the remaining survivors of the dwindling mission in the pyramid. Ranger begins to feel the terror effect, and is soon attacked by a double. He manages to fend the double off, regains control of himself galaxy of terror doing so, and the double fades away. He finds Cabren, the other remaining survivor, and tells him. Cabren then discovers that the ship's cook is really the Planet Master seen at the beginning of the film. The Master forces Cabren to confront all of the monsters that attacked the others; he does so successfully, and the Master tells him that he has "won the game." The Master then explains that the pyramid is actually an ancient toy for the children of a long-extinct race, built in order to test their ability to control fear. Angered, Cabren kills the Master's previous host body, but as the Master himself cannot die, Cabren becomes his new host, galaxy of terror.

Cast[edit]

  • Edward Albert as Cabren, an experienced and cool-headed space veteran who is the film's main protagonist
  • Erin Moran as Alluma, the ship's empath
  • Ray Walston as Kore, the ship's cook
  • Taaffe O'Connell as Dameia, the ship's technical officer
  • Bernard Behrens as Commander Ilvar, the overall commander of the mission
  • Zalman King as Baelon, the rescue unit's team leader
  • Robert Englund as Ranger, the ship's second technical officer
  • Sid Haig as Quuhod, crewman and crystal shuriken thrower
  • Grace Zabriskie as Captain Trantor, the ship's troubled captain
  • Jack Blessing as Cos, an inexperienced, frightened crewman

Production[edit]

James Cameron[edit]

While known as a "B movie king", Roger Corman has started the careers of many prominent Hollywood people with his films. Galaxy of Terror was one of the earliest films to feature the work of James Cameron, who served galaxy of terror Production Designer and Second Unit Director on the film. It was the second Corman film on which Cameron worked as a crewman, the first being Battle Beyond the Stars ().[2] Working on a tight budget, Cameron's innovative filmmaking techniques came to the forefront. In one scene, Cameron was able to figure out a way to get maggots to wiggle on cue by developing a metal plate onto which the maggots were placed, then ran an electric current through the plate whenever filming began, causing the maggots to move energetically galaxy of terror. His ability to find low-tech solutions to such problems reportedly made him a favorite of Corman and eventually allowed him to pursue more ambitious projects.[3] Ridley Scott's Alien () was an important inspiration for Galaxy of Terror and Cameron would later direct the sequel, Aliens (). Optical FX Supervisor Tony Randel, who worked with Cameron on Galaxy of Terror, commented on the Shout! Factory DVD release that Aliens looks like Galaxy of Terror in many ways.

Taaffe O'Connell and "the worm scene"[edit]

The commentary[4] on the Shout! Factory DVD release includes R.J, galaxy of terror. Kizer, one of three editors of the film. Kizer reveals that the originally scripted version of O'Connell's "Dameia" character would see her die topless while being stripped and consumed by a monster. Producer Roger Corman, however, had promised financial backers of the movie a sex scene involving O'Connell. This led to Corman re-writing her death so that Dameia would be confronted by an "id monster" from her own mind, in this case a foot (&#;m) long maggot complete with slime and tentacles. The re-write included full nudity and far more explicit sexual content, including simulated sexual intercourse during which Dameia, lying galaxy of terror the giant worm and covered in excreted slime, can be seen and heard reacting first with terror, then forced sexual arousal, to the monster raping her. Helpless and betrayed by her own mind and body, Dameia perishes as she's driven to a fatally intense orgasm.

After informing director Clark and actress O'Connell about the changes and having galaxy of terror of them balk, Corman decided to direct the entire scene galaxy of terror. He hired a body double for O'Connell to shoot the full-nudity sequences, parts of which made the final cut, even though it is still O'Connell in front of the camera for almost the entire sequence. The completed film was submitted to the Motion Picture Association of America film rating galaxy of terror (MPAA) for review. The sexual content of this scene was considered graphic enough by their standards that it was initially given an X rating, galaxy of terror, a rating which existed at that time that was used with films containing content (usually sexual) for adults only.

Kizer then made some small cuts to avoid the X rating. In the commentary, galaxy of terror, he states that the cuts were of two types. The first type involved brief shots of O'Connell's face expressing "rhapsodic and ecstatic" looks that too obviously indicated forced sexual arousal. The second type showed lewd "humping" motions by the giant maggot that too realistically simulated sexual intercourse occurring with the nude Dameia ensnared underneath. None of the cuts were longer than one second in length and none altered the sequence of the scene. However, they were enough to avoid the film receiving an X rating. The final released scene in film and VHS versions still contain segments of both kinds of shots, indicating that the cuts were probably made at either end of those sequences. Several countries still found this too explicit and either required the galaxy of terror to be deleted entirely or denied the film a theatrical release. All later authorized VHS/DVD/Blu-ray/Steelbook releases of the film in Europe, America and elsewhere contain the scene as it was released in its final, R-rated version. The X rated clipped materials themselves were lost over time and are not included in any release. The scene can be seen again, in part, during the opening credits of a later Corman produced film, the remake of Not of This Earth directed by Jim Wynorski and starring Traci Lords. The scene has nothing to do with the content of that film, but is part of a montage from earlier Corman films shown during the opening credits. The audio in this version of the scene is done by another, uncredited actress.

The scene is discussed on the commentary of the Blu-ray Disc release more than any other aspect of the film. Clark, the director, admits that Corman's insertion of the scene, which Clark adamantly opposed, is what ultimately made the film a commercial success. Corman, in an older interview, states that the character of Dameia as re-written had a fear of sex as well as a fear of worms. O'Connell, in a separate interview with Femme Fatales magazine, interpreted that Dameia was frightened by her own sexual desire to completely submit to someone or something powerful, which the phallic, tentacled monster anal sex terror provides. O'Connell also relates in the commentary how physically challenging the scene was and how the maggot prop made for the film, which weighed in at over a ton, almost collapsed on top of her at one point, which could have potentially killed her.

Release[edit]

The galaxy of terror was originally released on VHS and Laserdisc by Nelson Entertainment. Up untilGalaxy of Terror did not have an authorized region 1 (North America) DVD release. There was a remastered and authorized Region 2 (Europe) Italian disc available from Mondo Home Entertainment released galaxy of terror which is now out-of-print.[5] The lack of authorized discs for so many years has led to numerous unauthorized copies of the movie being sold online and elsewhere.

On July 20,Shout! Factory released Galaxy of Terror on Region 1 DVD and, for the first time, on Blu-ray Disc. The release also contains cast interviews and behind-the-scenes information on a variety of aspects.[6]

The film was released in Germany in a dual Blu-ray and DVD uncut 2-disc Limited Edition mediabook from BMV-Medien Entertainment on April 19, [7] The film was also released in Japan on Blu-ray from Stingray distribution on September 27, and contains the original English language version and a Japanese dubbed version both in Mono DTS-HD Master Audio and also includes Japanese subtitles.[8]

Reception and legacy[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes it has an approval rating of 31% based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of /[9] On Metacritic the film has a score of 38% based on reviews from 5 critics, indicating "Generally unfavorable reviews".[10]Galaxy of Terror has typically been reviewed as one of a number of Alien () rip-offs that appeared in the early s, but it has also been credited with itself influencing later, more mainstream films such as Aliens ().[11] There is a direct connection between Galaxy of Terror and Aliens in that the latter was directed by James Cameron. The success of Aliens, which shares Galaxy of Terror's grim and dark visual aesthetic (completed with a much greater budget) has in turn influenced a variety of later films. Another mainstream sci-fi/horror film that seems to have borrowed directly from Galaxy of Terror's plot line of astronauts facing base fears is Event Horizon ().[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ abChristopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. p
  2. ^Nathan Southern (). "James Cameron: Full Biography". Movies & TV Dept, galaxy of terror. The New Galaxy of terror Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on Retrieved
  3. ^"Fangoria Magazine Issue #, July ". sprers.eu, galaxy of terror. Retrieved June 25,
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  5. ^"Galaxy of Terror (IT-DVD)". sprers.eu. Retrieved September 10,
  6. ^"Galaxy of Terror ()". sprers.eu. Archived from the original on June 23, Retrieved June 10,
  7. ^"Galaxy of Terror - Planet des Schreckens (Uncut)(+ DVD)(Mediabook) [Blu-ray] [Limited Edition]". sprers.eu Retrieved January 6,
  8. ^"ギャラクシー・オブ・テラー/恐怖の惑星". sprers.eu Retrieved January 6,
  9. ^"Galaxy of Terror (Mindwarp: An Infinity of Terror) (Planet of Horrors) (Quest) ()". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 6 January
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  11. ^"How A Low Budget Film Led to James Cameron's Aliens".: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^"Looking Back at Event Horizon".: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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Galaxy Of Terror - (Movie Clip) Damiea Calling!

Left alone on the search of the wrecked spaceship and grossed out by maggots, Dameia (Taffee O'Connell) delivering semi-nudity producer Roger Corman was contractually obliged to provide, in Galaxy Of Terror,
Galaxy Of Terror -- (Movie Clip) I Live And I Die
Captain Trantor (Grace Zabriskie) with cook Kore (Ray Walston) and crewman Ranger (Robert Englund), then searching the wrecked whip with Quuhod (Sid Haig) who doesn't need a weapon, galaxy of terror, in Roger Corman's Galaxy Of Terror,
Galaxy Of Terror -- (Movie Clip) I Play Alone
Opening scene, Ray Walston (as "Kos") with mystic Mitre (Mary Ellen O'Neill) playing with some computer-thing and planning the mission, galaxy of terror, in producer Roger Corman's Galaxy Of Terror,
Galaxy Of Terror -- (Movie Clip) I Want That Analyzed
Scouting the wrecked spaceship, crewman Cos (Jack Blessing) gets spooked, rescued by colleagues (Erin Moran, Zalman King, Edward Albert Jr.) in Galaxy Of Terror,produced by Roger Corman.
Galaxy Of Terror -- (Movie Clip) Full Manual Override
Hot shot pilot Trantor (Grace Zabriskie) taking over from Ilvar (Bernard Bahrens), giving the crew (Edward Albert Jr., Erin Moran, Robert Englund et al) a rough landing, in Roger Corman's Galaxy Of Terror,

Galaxy of Terror)

     New World Pictures produced two blatant rip-offs of Alien in the early �s, galaxy of terror. The second one, Forbidden World, is very much what you�d imagine from reading that sentence: unabashedly crass, conspicuously cheap, vibrantly sleazy, and well seasoned with special effects footage recycled from Battle Beyond the Stars. Galaxy of Terror, however, is a tad more ambitious. Although it can hardly be accused of failing to steal from Alien every chance it gets, galaxy of terror isn�t galaxy of terror another monster movie set in outer space amid a high-tech warren of under-lit tunnels and hallways. Instead, Galaxy of Terror impresses that newly popular template upon a somewhat older and significantly more eccentric tradition of mystical, acid-headed galaxy of terror influenced by European comics. It�s the Alien rip-off you�d expect from Ren� Laloux, not some bunch of louts working for Roger Corman.

     Things are going very badly on the unexplored planet Organthus. The Remus, a Class III mission ship, has landed there to reconnoiter, and something is killing the crew with great alacrity. We join the action just as the last of the Remus astronauts seals himself into one of the ship�s compartments, which ought to be enough to protect him from anything stalking the rest of the vessel. Somehow, though, whatever it is (we don�t get to see) reaches him anyway� without apparently forcing its way through the laser-welded door or scuttling in through one of the ever-popular ventilation shafts.

     Meanwhile, on Xerxes, apparently the Remus�s homeworld, the godlike Planet Master (whose identity, obscured by a swirling halo of orange-red light, will be a major third-act plot point) is playing some manner of oracular video game with a space witch called Mitri (Mary Ellen O�Neill, from Beyond the Universe and The Big Brawl). When word reaches them that one of the Planet Master�s ships has disappeared on Organthus, he makes what is apparently an extremely bold move in the game, one which he seems to have wanted to carry out for a very long time. After convincing Mitri that he really means to do whatever he just did, the Planet Master galaxy of terror her, and orders Commander Ilvar (Bernard Behrens, of The Changeling and The Man with Two Brains) to ready a second Class III mission ship to mount a voyage of rescue to Organthus. Ilvar will lead the undertaking personally (evidently not something that men of his age and rank normally do), and the Planet Master, even more extraordinarily, will select the rest of the crew himself.

     Ilvar�s ship is to be the Quest, piloted by Captain Trantor (Grace Zabriskie, from Servants of Twilight and Child�s Play 2). Trantor, not to put too fine a point on it, is crazier than a shithouse rat, although she comes by it honestly. 25 years ago, she was the sole survivor of the mission ship Hesperus, the crew of which was massacred by aliens, galaxy of terror. Trantor doesn�t like to talk about it, so don�t expect more than the most tantalizing hints. Also aboard the Quest are Tech Chief Dameia (Taaffe O�Connell, of New Year�s Evil and The Stoneman) and Tech Second Ranger (Robert Englund, from Dead & Buried and Night Terrors), who I gather are something like engineers. The main crew consists of Baelon (Zalman King, of Blue Sunshine and Trip with the Teacher), galaxy of terror, Cabren (Edward Albert, from Killer Bees and The House Where Evil Dwells), Alluma (Watermelon Man�s Erin Moran), Quuhod (Sid Haig, from Lords of Salem and Spider Baby, or The Maddest Story Ever Told), and Cos (Jack Blessing). Baelon and Cabren have a past together, galaxy of terror, and don�t like each other very much. Alluma is psychic, which appears actually to be her main function on the team. Quuhod is some manner of martial arts weirdo trained in the use of two triple-bladed, crystalline throwing knives. And Cos is a green recruit who�s never been out in space before. Finally, there�s Kore (Ray Walston, of Popcorn and Blood Relations), the cook. It�s odd that he�s even on this mission, since most spacecraft have machines to keep the crew fed.

     No sooner does the Quest arrive at Organthus than some mysterious force reaches out from the surface and drags the ship into the atmosphere. Trantor manages to get enough control over the descent to effect a relatively smooth landing, but the Quest still takes sufficient damage that it won�t be lifting off again without some minor repairs. The ship doesn�t need to move for the crew to do their main job, however, so Ilvar sends Baelon, Cabren, Alluma, Quuhod, and Cos over to the Remus to see what they can find while the tech staff get to work. What the rescue team discovers is a ship full of corpses� but not enough of them to account for everyone they�re supposed to save. Since Organthus is marginally capable of supporting human life, it�s possible the remaining four astronauts are still out there somewhere. Two members of the party, however, notice something their fellows do not. Alluma keeps sensing life signs on the ghost ship, but they fade in and out in a way that she�s never encountered before. And Cos keeps seeing movement in his peripheral vision, as if something were hunting him through the Remus�s corridors. Shortly before they all pack up for the march back to the Quest, Alluma gets the weirdest feeling, almost as if those inexplicable life signs were coming from Cos. A moment later, galaxy of terror, the instant all of his fellows have turned their backs to him, Cos is killed by an invertebrate monster that appears literally out of nowhere behind him. It�s gone again by the time the others realize that he�s in trouble.

     Cos�s fate leaves his shipmates understandably flummoxed. Almost as puzzling is a discovery that Ilvar makes on galaxy of terror bridge of the Quest� there�s something out there that scrambles the ship�s scanners whenever they sweep over it. Figuring that the source of the disruption might also account for the force that pulled the Quest out of orbit, Ilvar leads Dameia and the survivors of the first away team on a second exploratory trek. Their goal turns out to be an ancient pyramid more utterly lifeless than anything Alluma has ever sensed before. And yet something is in there, manifesting itself in ways keyed to the astronauts� greatest fears: Ilvar�s worry that his age has rendered him no longer fit to lead; Trantor�s post-traumatic stress disorder; Alluma�s claustrophobia; Dameia�s horror of vermin; Baelon�s macho insecurity; Ranger�s nagging sense of his own incompetence; Quuhod�s total dependency upon his martial arts skills. The only members of the crew who seem to lack such a psychological Achilles heel are Cabren and, curiously, Kore. It�s about here that you should start thinking back to that bit with Mitri and the Planet Master playing Prophecy Qix together, and pondering what Lord Glowyhead might really have been up to.

     To the extent that anybody remembers Galaxy of Terror today, they remember it as that movie where a woman gets raped to death by a worm. It was probably inevitable that that would become this film�s legacy, because galaxy of terror you see it, you�re never going to forget. But to recall Galaxy of Terror solely as Rapeworm: The Motion Picture doesn�t do it justice. In fact, part of why that scene stands out so much is that it�s such a bizarre non-sequitur, far skuzzier and more mean-spirited than the rest of the film. The only respect in which the Rapeworm incident is indicative of Galaxy of Terror as a whole is that this movie is consistently willing to do things as arrestingly weird as that, with just as little warning or explanation.

     That scanner error samsung scx 4300 screwiness is both Galaxy of Terror�s greatest strength and its greatest weakness. On the upside, it means there�s no other Alien rip-off quite like this one. Seriously, find me another that has a psychic, a space ninja, a Bruno Mattei Action Movie Asshole, a Sinister Cook straight out of a �s jungle adventure flick, and the sci-fi equivalent of a deranged �Nam vet among the astronauts. Find me another where the monster is the externalization of the protagonists� fears and anxieties. Find me another where the Weyland-Yutani stand-in [spoiler ahoy!] is a guy who wants to get out of the god business, but can�t unless he arranges for some other schmuck to accept apotheosis in his place. Hell, just show me another that has a space witch for no fucking reason. This kind of wide-ranging eccentricity is the best thing a rip-off can bring to the table, especially if it�s going to resort to such open thievery as, for example, Commander Ilvar�s solo rappel into the bowels of the pyramid. At the same time, though, writer/director Bruce D. Clark isn�t very interested in whether all those disparate pieces fit together neatly, and he treats it as our problem if we can�t make them fit. It takes a much better filmmaker than he is to get away with that.

     The other big �good news/bad news� situation in Galaxy of Terror concerns the look of the film. The production design is superior to galaxy of terror of any contemporary futuristic horror movie save the real Alien, and the standard of construction for the sets, props, and miniatures is astoundingly high. It�s a little thing, but notice that all the myriad switches, lights, and knobs at the Quest�s control stations have their functions clearly labeled, just like their counterparts in a real-world aircraft cockpit. Nobody has to guess which way is on and which way is off, and there�s no mistaking the atmosphere recirculator fan for the reactor core ejector. You don�t see that kind of attention to detail nearly often enough. The mission ship models are simple yet imaginative, practical yet distinctive, in a way that underscores how the late 60�s through the mid�s were something of a golden age of movie and television spaceship design. I mean, if something like Galaxy of Terror could do this well� Then again, maybe we shouldn�t be too surprised at this movie�s success on the design and construction front, because one of the effects people here was a kid by the name of James Cameron, who as you might have heard went on to quite a career in effects-heavy sci-fi and action movies. Galaxy of Terror also sports some really good monsters, with about an even mix of stop motion and puppetry used to bring them to life. My favorites are the barely glimpsed things pursuing Cos through the Remus, but Rapeworm is pretty magnificent, too, galaxy of terror. (Mind you, I�m sure much of my affection for the latter creature in particular stems from the wicked thrill of seeing a dead ringer for Eiji Tsuburaya�s Mothra larvae behaving so abominably.) I said this was another case of �good news/bad news,� though, so here�s the bad news: All those gorgeous sets and models and monster puppets? You can barely see them because cinematographer Jacques Haitkin shot the whole damn movie under about 40 lumens of light. Galaxy of Terror is almost as muddy as Humongous, without the excuse of a serious effort to make footage shot in the woods at high noon look like it�s taking place in the middle of the night. It�s as if Haitkin or Clark heard somebody snarking that all it took to make an Alien clone was a rubber suit and a lightless corridor, and said, �Lightless, eh? I�ll show you lightless!�

     Finally, Galaxy of Terror has one weakness that does not come packaged with a countervailing strength. In its great hurry to get the Quest crew onto Organthus so that they and their fears can get down to business, this film forfeits any chance to work as well as its model. That�s because the whole story hinges on the characters� psychological makeup, but unlike in Alien, we barely get to know any of them before they start dying. In fact, in a few cases� Ranger especially� we have to deduce what foibles the pyramid force is exploiting by reasoning backward from the manifestations it adopts to attack them. It�s possible that these are Corman�s fingerprints we�re seeing rather than Clark�s, as he was notorious for having his directors at New World pick up the pace and keep down the running time, based on his (probably accurate) estimate of the drive-in crowd�s average attention span. If so, then this is one time when Corman�s galaxy of terror worked against the film. Especially given the nature of the threat galaxy of terror Quest crew faces on Organthus, it was vital that we should spend some time with these people, like we do with their counterparts aboard the Nostromo before they pick up their monstrous hitchhiker, galaxy of terror. With the first act as stunted as it is, Galaxy of Terror comes perilously close to reducing itself to a Friday the 13th-like parade of arbitrarily contrived killings.

 

 

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Galaxy of Terror

"THE ULTIMATE HORROR IN SPACE", "HELL HAS JUST RELOCATED", "PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE ULTIMATE BATTLE". From the man who brought you, Forbidden World (), Humanoids from the Deep (), Piranha (), Death Race (), comes Galaxy of Terror

Plot: Crew members aboard the ship-Quest, are requested to voyage across a desolate planet. There mission is to investigate the disappearance of the members from the previous expedition. Only to have their worst nightmares manifest themselves, into horrible death traps.

The Death Traps:
A spider-creature
Body fluid sucking tentacles
A giant maggot (Actually a Mealworm beetle larva)
A crystal star
Evil Doppelganger
lasers
a horned monster
constricting wires

The Victims:
Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm St, Dead & Buried)
Sid Haig (Spider Baby, The Devils Rejects)
Edward Albert (House Where Evil Dwells)
Zalman King (Blue Sunshine)
Erin Moran (Happy Days)
Ray Walston (My Favorite Martian)
Taaffe O'Connell
Bernard Behrens
Grace Zabriskie
Jack Blessing
Mary Ellen O'Neill

Galaxy of Terror, used to be regarded as trash by critics, but has galaxy of terror a cult following, which it does deserve, galaxy of terror. While no major classic by any means, Galaxy does have quite a few good tings. Most of the acting is actually pretty good, while Sid Haig may only speak 1 line of dialogue, it was galaxy of terror for the best. However this makes the character more mystique, & dare I say, kinda cool. Haigs character doesn't take crap from anybody, galaxy of terror. Regardless Haig still puts in a good performance. Englund also puts in a good performance, though his character is pretty much just sort of there. Everyone else puts in a decent performance, or a tad weak performance, galaxy of terror. Even though the budget is a little low, the effects look stellar, & most hold up to this day, galaxy of terror. However most of that is due to the production crew, galaxy of terror, James Cameron (Terminator, Aliens), & even Bill Paxton (Near Dark). The creature effects look cool, & the set designs are great. Parts of the ship's interior was done with McDonald's burger cartons, galaxy of terror. The optical effects look neat, except for one essbase error db file is missing moment at the end, it only occurs for about seconds, so it's nothing to really groan over. The writing for the most part, is decent, though most of the dialogue is cheesy. The score is also good, but nothing memorable. What also helps the film, are a creepy claustrophobic atmosphere, a foreboding mood, & its effects. Some of the characters are pretty forgettable, but most are likeable. That being said, the characters have very little depth, too. Even though it's a B-movie, it's actually pretty good, & most fans of horror & or old sci-fi should enjoy it as galaxy of terror as I did.

Fun Facts:
Alternate Titles- Mindwarp, Mindwarp Infinity, Mindwarp: Infinity of Terror.
For New Worlds pictures, the budget million, was rather high.
James Cameron served as Production Designer and Second Unit Director on the film.
In one scene, Cameron was able to figure out a way to get maggots to wiggle on cue by developing a metal plate onto which the maggots were placed, then ran an electrical current through the plate whenever filming began, causing the maggots to move galaxy of terror about.
Corman produced a few other sci-fi films centered around space- Forbidden World, Battle Beyond the Stars, The Terror Within, Dead Space, Not of this Earth, Not of this Earth, It Conquered the World, War of the Satellites, & Time Walker ().

Galaxy of Terror was made to capitalize on the success of 's Alien. However there's only a few similarities, "A message is sent about the vanishing of one crew, forcing the other crew to find some sort of terror/horror. Finding said terror in an old relic." That's where the galaxy of terror end. People tend to dislike the ending, but I actually like it, I felt that it really was the only way the film could end. If it ended in lets say, our hero kills the villain, then walks all the way back to the Quest, & flies away, it just wouldn't have ended well. Anyway Galaxy of Terror is a fun horror flick, there's an array of special effects, & plenty of hideous monster action.

DVD Rating- 5/5 Film Rating- 5/5

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