Starcrash

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Italian schlock-master Luigi Cozzi (billed as Lewis Coates here) directed this low-budget Star Wars rip-off in 1978, right when the sci-fi craze was hitting audiences on a world-wide scale. The story begins familiarly enough, with a huge spaceship tracking through an extremely colorful space scene while under attack by some kind of unknown and deadly force resembling a lava lamp. Being no match for the '60s acid-flashback rays, they manage to jettison a few escape pods just before being blown to kingdom come. Fast forward now to the other end of the galaxy, where we find the best smugglers in town -- gorgeous Stella Star (Caroline Munro) and space-pimp Akton (Marjoe Gortner) -- outrunning a band of cops on their tail. Eventually, they're caught, taken into custody, and sentenced to intense Labor Camps, where Stella is forced to wear a skimpy Barbarella-like outfit by the extreme, merciless guards. A break-out ensues, and in the intense laser shoot-out, Stella manages to escape, only to be captured again by the semi-green-skinned Thor (Robert Tessier) and his annoying southern-drawled robot, Elle (voiced by genre veteran Hamilton Camp). Brought in front of the Emperor of the Galaxy (Christopher Plummer) and reunited with Akton, the sexy duo find themselves suddenly in charge of finding Prince Simon (David Hasselhoff). Thus begins the heroes' amazing adventure through space and time as they search for Hasselhoff and end up fighting Amazons, Cavemen, and the Evil Count Zarth Arn (Joe Spinell) along the way. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast

Caroline Munro
as Stella Star
David Hasselhoff
as Prince Simon
Nadia Cassini
as Queen of the Amazon
Judd Hamilton
as Elle/Jiakta
Joe Spinell
as Count Zarth Arn
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Critic Reviews for Starcrash

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Audience Reviews for Starcrash

  • Aug 20, 2012
    Ah, Starcrash; the bizarro-world, Italian acid-trippy version of Star Wars. What separates this gem from the flock of other flunky ripoffs is just how eye-poppingly vibrant it is. Yes, the acting is bad, the effects are bad, the story is bad, but it's all so spectacularly bad that it's difficult to believe that anyone involved was taking this seriously. And so the film has a certain honest quality to it, like a slightly less goofy Monty Python skit. It doesn't feel like they're trying to pass anything off as "convincing" and so you can relax and fall into the absurdity of it all. And now... stuff that's awesome about Starcrash: 1. Caroline Munro in a leather bikini (It's like Leia couldn't find a change of clothes after Jabba's palace). It's cold in the vacuum of space, a titty bit nipply, if you know what I mean, heh, heh! 2. Caroline Munro in leather bikini fighting other women in leather bikinis 3. Elle: The Earnest P. Worrell version of C-3PO 4. The Star Wars theme music that always stops just before copyright infringement. 5. The grown up, greasy, cavemen version of the ewoks. 6. A young David Hasselhoff and his mushroomy hair. 7. Akton: A.K.A. Frampton Comes a Jedi 8. Akton kills a bunch of ewok cavemen with a lightsaber; a scene that George Lucas would later recycle for Anakin's sand people massacre/tantrum. 9. Count Zarth Arn... a character that George Lucas would later recycle (twice actually) for the prequel trilogy. 10. in fact, the entire second half of this film is eerily similar to the first 20 minutes of Revenge of the Sith. 11. It's better than all three prequels combined... and actually feels more Star Wars-y and has emotions and mild suspense and real sets. 12. A space station that looks like a giant hand. 13. Greatest villain line in history: "Kill! Kill! Over there!" (points in direction enemy cluster) 14. when dudes get hit by laserblasts they explode like frozen turkeys on Independence day. 15. David Hasselhoff's male camel toe around the 1h20m mark. 16. Space stations in this galaxy look like the insides of old TV's 17. There are no Jar Jar Binks's or farting or burping aliens. 18. A higher-than-a-kite Christopher Plummer, in every frame, looking as though he's being forced to recite lines by terrorists off screen. stuff that's not awesome about Starcrash: 1. Caroline Munro puts that stupid plastic bag jumpsuit over her bikini.
    Brett W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2012
    Coming off the heels of star wars, ripping of many elements, Opening schroll, Weapon mass destruction, lightsabers and so on and so, but in ways a film of itsa own, its a b movie through and through thats laughable throughout but also entertaining in its own way, it is what it is, and certainly never dull. homemade effects at times that look terrible but also, come the end mixed in with very nifty stuff, so bad its good and 100 minutes off campy fun.
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2012
    Well, what is there to say about the craptastic Starcrash that hasn't already been said? I just saw this from a ripped VHS and I'm so glad that I did. The experience was much better and it felt like a genuine discovery. This Italian Star Wars, which is how I like to think of it, is about as much fun as riding a mechanical bull. It's pretty dumb but damn is it enjoyable. The atrocious acting, the horrible dialogue, the bad costumes & props - just everything. And it's ALL a rip-off of Star Wars. As a matter of fact, I would go so far as to say that this is much more enjoyable than the Star Wars prequels. I also kept thinking in the back of my mind while I was watching it that it had all the trappings for a porno, and it certainly looked like one. It's too bad they didn't go that route, hmm. Marjoe Gortner is hilariously bad, as is Caroline Munro. The film seems to be billed under the appearance of a young David Hasselhoff, even though he doesn't show up until halfway through the film. Caroline Munro and Joe Spinell would go on to make the horror classic Maniac a couple of years later, leaving this film in the dust. In short, Starcrash is one of the crappiest sci-fi Z movies that you're ever likely to see.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2010
    So this is probably one of the worst sci-fi films made haha and I don't think it was suppose to be with a cast including Christopher Plummer and David Hasselhoff. Sure they weren't big stars back then, well Plummer may have been known, but this is suppose to be a reasonably serious flick, an equal or challenge to the mighty Star Wars perhaps? maybe Plummer thought this could be his sci-fi moment of glory? alas it was not to be. The effects are terribly bad and full of inconsistant space battles, costumes are your typical nasty shiny 'Flash Gordon' camp affair, the sets are all flashy neon lights and the acting is rather below standard hehe One or two models and costumes (mainly the robot) aren't too bad and Munro in her sexy skimpy space bikini is nice but apart from that its really pretty awful.
    Phil H Super Reviewer

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