It's that time of night again...GALAXY OF TERROR
"I hate worms!" shudders the scared actress in this Roger Corman produced flick.
Ten minutes later and that very same actress has been left on the rocky floor, oiled up and raped to death by a giant worm.
Oh yes, it's that
type of film.
The crew of a spaceship get sent to investigate what happened to the disappearance of another crew and set down on a planet with a large pyramid structure waiting nice and conveniently for them. Once inside, they find all manner of beastly things intent on doing some very nasty stuff to them indeed.
For a low budget '80s sci-fi B-Movie horror it's actually fairly entertaining. It clocks in at 75 minutes so you don't have time to get bored, it's gory, it's daft, and just good fun.
Some quite interesting names pop up in the credits too. The second Unit Director & Production Designer was a certain James Cameron, whose touches were so easy to spot - the planet landscape used in Galaxy of Terror is almost identical to LV426 from Aliens, with the futuristic apocalyptic look of The Terminator thrown in for good measure (Cameron's self-plagiarism going back even further than I thought then).
The Set Dresser was Bill Paxton (Private Hudson from Aliens), some effects work was done by Alec Gillis (Aliens again), more effects by R Christopher Biggs (Critters, Teen Wolf, and digital artist for Spider-man 2 & Pirates of the Caribbean) and the cinematographer was Jacques Haitkin who went on to work on A Nightmare on Elm Street along with the main support in this film, Robert Englund (who even manages a pre-Freddy impression in one scene).
Other reasonably famous names turn up along the way - Grace Zabriskie (Sarah Palmer from Twin Peaks), Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects), Ray Walston (too many to mention) and Erin Moran (Joanie from Happy Days!)
Low budget schlock but actually more entertaining than I thought it would be.