Welcome to Monster Monday wif' Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. Tonite's offering is another ALIEN inspired movie produced by Roger Corman and New World, FORBIDDEN WORLD being the other. Budget estimated at $400,000, stars Edward Albert, Erin Moran and Ray Walston. And, get this, James Cameron only gets unit director credit at the bottom of the credits and Bill Paxton is uncredited for set decoration!
Music for this one is by Barry Schrader, who has only 9 composing credits. I think that music meant sci-fi sounds in 1981. Barry also plays himself in the 2010 documentary, TALES FROM THE LUMBER YARD: THE MAKING OF GALAXY OF TERROR. I actually visited Corman's lumber yard studio in 1984.
Letz bring in our Dungeon helper and button pusher, Ralphie The Tarantula!.. Bueno, Ralphie. The lil' guy is here to start our show, sooo, push the big red 'GO' button there by the pinball machine, now, Ralphie! Here's some spacey noise from... GALAXY OF TERROR!
The story's about a rescue space ship crew that encounters horrors projected by their own imaginations, once they reach their destination in space. The same as in JOURNEY TO THE SEVENTH PLANET.
You'll never be able to travel through interstellar space without your old hyper-jump! Trust me.
And, this is what they thought a hyper-jump looked like in 1981? What morons...
Once they land on the distant planet, well, they see that things ain't goin' so great there.
Eegah!! and I grew up watching the most far out comedy on TV at the time, MY FAVORITE MARTIAN. Ray Walston plays Kore, the Ash character from ALIEN. Edward Albert is Cabren. They must have had some fun choosing names for the characters, here's a few more... Alluma, Baelon, Dameia, Quuhod and Cos.
They're drawn to a mysterious pyramid in the distance, so, explore it...
It just don't get no more Alienish than that there!
Sid Haig is Quuhod. He gets his arm sliced off by a flying star, then, it's a smorgasbord for the maggots at the Arm Pit BBQ Joint! Yeah, the flick gets kinda gross... But, they did stuff like that for SHE BEAST with Barbara Steele in 1966, fifteen years earlier. Those are mealworms, anyway.
One of the worms grows to an enormous size...
And, slimes the living crap out of sexy Taffee O'Connell, who plays Dameia. You can see more of Taffee in NEW YEAR'S EVIL, CAGED FURY, HOT CHILI, DISMEMBERED and SPORK.
Oh my goodness, sakes alive!!!
You know, what the Hell, might as well throw in a bit of THE BLACK HOLE! Wouldn't want the viewers getting the idea that the flick was only ripping off ALIEN!
Zalman King, you're next to face your worst fear.
Robert (Freddy Krueger) Englund, as Ranger, has to face off against his evil twin. Robert recently did the voice of Deerman on my favorite TV cartoon, THE REGULAR SHOW!
Then, Erin Moran gets ripped apart by some creepy cave vines! When will the fun end?!
Cabren confronts Kore, who has been controlling the mayhem all along.
Cabren is a space policeman, and, kills Kore. At my son's wedding, someone told me not to stand with my hands clasped in front, because, that's what you do at a funeral! Hands behind the back was the proper wedding position. By the way, now, Cabren turns into TRON!.. Help, Mr. Wizard!!
For some bizarre reason, I find the artwork for these two Corman weirdies, charming!