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 (1982), Humanoids from the Deep (1980), Piranha (1978), Death Race 2000 (1972), 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:
Body fluid sucking tentacles
A giant maggot (Actually a Mealworm beetle larva)
A crystal star
a horned monster
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)
Mary Ellen O'Neill
Galaxy of Terror, used to be regarded as trash by critics, but has grown a cult following, which it does deserve. 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 probably for the best. However this makes the character more mystique, & dare I say, kinda cool. Haigs character doesn't take crap from anybody. 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. Even though the budget is a little low, the effects look stellar, & most hold up to this day. However most of that is due to the production crew, 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. The optical effects look neat, except for one particular moment at the end, it only occurs for about 2-3 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 much as I did.
Alternate Titles- Mindwarp, Mindwarp Infinity, Mindwarp: Infinity of Terror.
For New Worlds pictures, the budget-1.8 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 energetically 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-1988, Not of this Earth-1956, It Conquered the World, War of the Satellites, & Time Walker (1982).
Galaxy of Terror was made to capitalize on the success of 1979'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 similarities 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
Making of Galaxy of Terror