Galaxy of Terror (Mindwarp: An Infinity of Terror) (Planet of Horrors) (Quest) Reviews
If you have any taste. Don't watch this. It's bad. But fun.
The film borrows ideas and plot details from several other like-minded features, and yet despite that and its minuscule budget, the film is campy fun for a good portion of its running time. It transported me back to my youth, when films like this were a mainstay of my childhood. Unfortunately, it's not able to overcome the sheer cheapness of it all, not to mention a plot that is far too complicated for a project of such limited means.
There's a completely dispensable backstory that is set up in the beginning involving an earlier doomed mission by this ship's captain played by Grace Zabriskie, which is needless simply because it's never fully explained. The ending is equally cryptic, but by that time all of the fun and gleeful sleaziness has already been buried by the nonessential story that it doesn't really matter. Which is kind of a shame because the refreshingly old school make-up effects are quite good. Almost good enough to overshadow the terrible set design. "Galaxy of Terror" looks terrible, but it is fun for a while. It collapses under the weight of a ridiculously complicated story.
Just another cheap Alien rip-off movie, that even stole an unused draft of the script from the aformentioned. This could've been much more fun if the tone wasn't so serious and dramatic because what's going on on screen is pretty ridiculous.
It's fun while it lasts because it's an actual pretty interesting movie from a visual standpoint. It was also here that James Cameron had the boost of his career, serving as Production Designer and Second Unit Director, preparing here the sequel to the movie that inspired Galaxy of Terror the most, Aliens. There are some very similiar shots and ideas here that were later used on Cameron's successful sequel to Ridley Scott's masterpiece, so it's fun to check this one out for the sake of seeing one of the best sequels ever being fermented on this goofy ride.