Roger Corman is at it again! Galaxy of Terror is a Sci-Fi adventure where the cast screams like little schoolgirls as they confront their worst nightmares…in space. Bruce D Clark wrote and directed this not-so-fright fest with Corman acting as producer. Galaxy of Terror is definitely the B-movie version of Corman rather than the one who gave us such epic films as Masque of the Red Death (1964). The production values are bit weak and the movie feels like it was made in the early 70’s rather than 1981. [That is not a compliment!] Furthermore, most of it is so dark you can barely see what is happening on screen. It definitely helps to lessen the emotional impact the film might have had otherwise.
The cast holds untapped potential they never deliver. Some of this is due to bad;y written dialogue. Let’s drop a few names, shall we! Robert Englund [A Nightmare on Elm Street], Sid Haig [The Devil’s Rejects] and Ray Walston [My Favorite Martian] are pretty much window dressing. Erin Moran [Joanie from Happy Days] plays a “psy-sensitive who is flat and wooden in her performance. [The irony is not lost on me!] The only one with any spark of life in the cast is Grace Zabriskie [Big Love] who plays the slightly crazed captain of the ship. She has made a career out of playing eccentric characters and gives this one all she’s got.
I don’t know what else to say about this film except that they TRIED REALLY HARD to make this a scary film but I found it to be as bland and uninteresting as plain oatmeal! After Star Wars was birthed back in 1977, there’s no excuse for making a space adventure this tepid. Stick with Alien (1979) which knows how to frighten its audience to great effect.
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