Galaxy of Terror (1981) Directed by Bruce D Clark. With Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston.
Perhaps the most notable thing about this Roger Corman produced ‘Alien‘ knock-off, is a name you’ll find buried in its production design credits – a talented young artist by the name of James Cameron. It’s fair to say, the kid had potential.
The film itself has gathered something of a cult following over the years for its surprisingly well assembled sets and unexpected sense of scale. The plot mimics Ridley Scott’s masterpiece in nearly every way, but somehow manages to be stupid and boring in the process. There is however, a pleasing sense of 1980’s nostalgia in looking around the spaceship environments and it’s clear to see some early visual ideas for Cameron’s later classic, Aliens, in the construction and design of the claustrophobic corridors.
A scene of alien rape, which hints at the the famous Veronica Cartwright scene in Alien, is utterly ridiculous and exploitative in its depiction. Clothes magically fall off, and an attractive woman is quickly mounted and covered in goo for our viewing ‘pleasure’.
Galaxy of Terror is an utterly stupid film made with no wit and little narrative invention. It scores points for Cameron’s input but there’s not much else to recommend…unless you enjoy giant maggot rape. 1.5/5