From a vast and distant galaxy

Welcome back Space Cadets!

The 1970s was a banner decade for sci-fi . . . a golden age if you will.  But with every ripe, juicy bushel of crackin’ good sci-fi you harvest, a few rotten apples sneak in. This week’s feature is one of those “so bad it’s good” features that the Cleavers still show at sci-fi & horror conventions. We’re not sure if it’s the movie, or the combined effects of alcohol but the audience always has a blast!  The film is a cheap Italian attempt to cash in on the Star Wars craze and the similarities cannot be ignored . . . but boy is it a crazy time! It’s Luigi Cozzi’s StarCrash starring the lovely Caroline Munro, the ex-child evangelist Marjoe Gortner and everyone’s favorite slice of ham: David Hasselhoff.

TRIVIA TIME:

The spaceship in the opening sequence bears the name Murray Leinster, after the Science Fiction writer and special effect pioneer of the same name.

Caroline Munro did all of her own stunts.

David Hasselhoff contracted food poisoning during the shooting of the movie; a production assistant had to fill in for Hasselhoff for a fair share of the scenes in which his character Simon’s face is covered by a mask.

Caroline Munro was originally going to wear a skimpy leather bikini outfit throughout the entire movie, but American studio executives insisted that writer/director Luigi Cozzi have Munro wear less provocative clothing in the second half because they thought the film would have problems being broadcast on network television.  (boooooo)

 

See you next week, Space Heads!

3 Responses to “From a vast and distant galaxy

  • Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of this movie, let alone seen it!

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    I HAVE to see this movie.

  • Thanks for checking in space cadets! I highly recommend this deliciously rotten gem. Perhaps if we ask nicely the Pnadoracon powers that be will play it at the upcoming con! 🙂

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