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Galaxy of Terror (1981)

Science fiction suspense thriller, in which a rescue space ship crew meets up with horrors projected by their own imaginations.

Director:

Bruce D. Clark (as B.D. Clark)

Writers:

Marc Siegler, Bruce D. Clark (as B.D. Clark)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward Albert ... Cabren
Erin Moran ... Alluma
Ray Walston ... Kore
Bernard Behrens ... Commander Ilvar
Zalman King ... Baelon
Robert Englund ... Ranger
Taaffe O'Connell ... Dameia
Sid Haig ... Quuhod
Grace Zabriskie ... Captain Trantor
Jack Blessing ... Cos
Mary Ellen O'Neill Mary Ellen O'Neill ... Mitri
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A spacecraft travels to a distant planet to rescue the crew of another spaceship that crashed, but their own craft, damaged in the landing, needs repair. Baelon commands the rescue team formed of his rival Cabren, Alluma, Dameia, Quuhod and the rookie Cos. While looking for but not finding survivors from the former expedition, Cos is murdered; however, they cannot leave the planet due to a projected electromagnetic field. Commander Ilvar joins the team to search for the cause of the interference, while Captain Trantor, technician Ranger and cook Kore stay in the craft. One by one, rescue team members are killed in weird situations materialized from their own fears by an ancient alien pyramid. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / revised by statmanjeff

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Where death is only a nightmare away! See more »


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Trivia

Sid Haig didn't think the dialogue in the script matched the character of Quuhod, so he asked Roger Corman if he could play Quuhod as a near mute instead. Corman agreed, and let Haig portray Quuhod with almost no dialogue. Haig only says a single line in the whole movie. See more »

Goofs

Quuhod drops his crystal throwing star to remove one of the broken points from his arm. When this proves futile, the throwing star reappears in his hand. See more »

Quotes

Kore: Yes, the human mind is still as dark as Morganthus, isn't it, sir?
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Crazy Credits

End credits roll over the pyramid which glows blue as the wind can be heard blowing. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1986 UK Warner video release was cut by 14 secs by the BBFC to reduce the rape of Dameia by a giant maggot. The cuts were fully waived for the 2002 ILC DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The 'Alien' Saga (2002) See more »

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Decent flick from New World
25 August 2007 | by kaijueguySee all my reviews

I can't believe that people keep comparing this film to Alien. First of all, the original Alien had a budget of 11 million dollars. Galaxy of Terror was made for around 5 million. Second, Alien was "inspired" by many horror/scifi films that went before it. If it wasn't a crime for Alien why then is it a crime that this film used a currently popular genre title as inspiration? Third, Galaxy of Terror has more in common, at least story wise, with Forbidden Planet than Alien.

This has the look of a much more expensive production and it takes full advantage of it's exploitation roots. It has a fun cast, some minor gore (much less than you would expect in a film like this), and some gratuitous nudity especially during a rather nasty scene.

It's a fun diversion for fans of these types of films and can be recommended for many reasons. You get to see Robert Englund before he donned the glove, Ray Walston after he was everybody's Favorite Martian and Erin Moran after her years as Joanie. You also get to see some early effects work by James Cameron.

Sure, it gets a little confusing in spots and there's some continuity problems and more than it's share plot holes, but it's still a terrific movie to look at, great set designs and some of the monster effects are decent (and some are bad). It's all that I expect from Roger Corman with more than enough to keep me interested.

Make sure to catch the uncut print if you can!!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mindwarp: An Infinity of Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$700,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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