Galaxy of Terror

In need of some sleazy shlock to fill a night? Look no further than Roger Corman’s Galaxy of Terror.

A space crew travel to a faraway planet to investigate and hopefully save the crew of a distressed ship. Once they land, predictably, they become trapped. The kicker being the planet they landed on causes the inner fear of the crew members to come to life and kill them one by one.

The story may sound familiar because other movies since have ripped it off, including one of my top 50 horror movies of all time – Event Horizon.

I particularly enjoyed the extreme gore that was rampant throughout the film. Galaxy of Terror borders on Italian levels of bloodletting and icky stuff, which is most assuredly a virtuous item for a horror movie and an immense compliment to boot.

Involved in the gore and effects are a giant rapist maggot, death crystals, a red orb, and a superb head explosion. The effects still hold up well, something I doubt will be said of CGI 30 years from now.

What’s that? You want to know more about the rapist maggot? Okay. One of the crew members, a hot chick, has a fear of maggots. Her fear conjures up a giant maggot that violently rips her clothes off, covers her in maggot pre-love juice, and then tentacle rapes her. Her initial screams of terror slowly turn into moans of ecstasy. Sleazy enough for you?

The cast and crew include a few big names including Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), James Cameron (Aliens), and Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects). Not bad for 1981. This movie seems to have been a nice launching post for some big time horror careers.

Overall, Galaxy of Terror is a well done sci-fi horror flick that has managed considerable staying power. The acting is above par for this type of film which certainly helps keep the viewing experience entertaining.

Watch this; it is not nearly as bad as you have probably heard.

Snore Factor: ZZ

IMDB 1981

Sid Haig’s Death scene featuring his own hand attacking him

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