Galaxy of Terror (Mindwarp: An Infinity of Terror) (Planet of Horrors) (Quest)

1981

Galaxy of Terror (Mindwarp: An Infinity of Terror) (Planet of Horrors) (Quest)

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Also known as Planet of Horrors, this film follows a group of astronauts as they travel into space to retrieve the survivors of a spaceship crash. When they arrive on the planet, the crew runs into some hostile aliens who attempt to gorily wipe them out.

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Critic Reviews for Galaxy of Terror (Mindwarp: An Infinity of Terror) (Planet of Horrors) (Quest)

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  • Jul 13, 2014
    Well judging by the poster for this Corman gem you can expect to see lots of huge freaky monsters attacking scantily clad ladies on some kind of prehistoric looking alien planet. I really don't understand how this poster even exists as the film is completely and utterly the opposite to everything that poster stands for! it looks like a Doug McClure movie poster. Anywho I had never seen this film until now so I was unaware of what to expect, again judging by that movie poster I was kinda thinking it was an 'Aliens' type affair...oh well. The film certainly looks and feels like 'Aliens' though that's for sure, holy sputum! the visuals virtually throughout the entire film are near identical! This may well be down to the fact James Cameron was the Production Designer and Second Unit Director on this and he clearly took these ideas and recreated them for his now famous Alien sequel masterpiece. Indeed this film does look very Cameron-ish in some scenes especially at the start where we see the crew leave the mother ship and search the alien surroundings in their very smart yet workman-like looking space suits complete with light generating backpacks. Hell even the alien planet is a cold dark misty wind swept barren land with mountainous jagged rocks that looks like an early LV-426. Then you have the huge alien pyramid type structure that kinda looks like a concept pinched for 'AvP'. So the more I watched the more I found myself comparing this early Corman sci-fi to Cameron's future work, on top of that much visual style has been borrowed from Ridley Scott's 'Alien' with the blue-collar space crew on board their slick yet heavily metallic industrial interior designed craft and its long twisting corridors. Not quite the oil rig in space scenario, there is more of a dark Battlestar Galactica feel to it in my opinion, and lets not forget the character of kore the cook who is similar in plot development to Ash. So off the crew go into the unknown looking for survivors of a ship that crashed on this mysterious planet. The setup was certainly looking good for a last man standing type thriller and you do get that to a degree. What disappointed me was the fact the plot doesn't revolve around alien creatures killing off the crew but monsters created by the crew themselves, their own worst fears made flesh like some cheesy Red Dwarf episode. What was a little intriguing was the notion that this huge pyramid where everything takes place is some kind of adventure playground for children of an extinct race of beings. Apparently they would test their ability to control fear within the pyramid...for some reason. Notice the 'AvP' similarities here also huh huh! So this all leads to various creatures and bizarre scenarios that kill off the crew one by one, some being quite cool effects wise and some not so. The silliest and most controversial (at the time) being a scene where a massive maggot rapes one of the female crew to death...yet she kinda enjoys it in the end. Totally stupid and uber cheesy to watch, makes you wonder what the fuss was all about, but there is some nice use of stop motion and a big rubber slime covered puppet. Most of the time you don't fully see the things killing people, you merely get glimpses, which does work but I fear that may be because most of them looked pretty hokey. The main talking point of the film (apart from the horny oversized maggot) must be the gruesome gory effects you get sporadically. Some lovely use of good old fashioned hands on effects with dummies, fake blood and exploding body parts, again it all looks pretty dubious now of course but back in the day it would have been horrific. I did start out enjoying the film with its 'Aliens' look and feel but as time went on I grew more and more bored with the ever growing 'Hellraiser/Event Horizon-esque' route it took. What I didn't get on with (and still don't really get) is what was the Master character all about exactly?...who? why? how? etc...and how about some more info on this extinct race and their big pyramid playground of death huh. Plus I never really got behind any of the characters either, didn't really bother me if they lived or died and didn't really like any of them. You never find out what happens to Englund's character and what was all that crystal star throwing malarkey with Haig's character? why was he so obsessed with his precious crystal ninja stars? Everything is a tad rehashed from Ridley Scott's space opus...especially with the discount Nostromo crew and I didn't really like the question raising ending or plot progression (how exactly did Cabren kill the Master??! what was all that lighting stuff? beats me). But yeah on the other hand I did kinda like it mainly for its visual artistry and glorious hands on effects, on that front its brilliant.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2012
    A movie that earned an X-Rating for featuring an alien worm like rape scene has got my attention for sure! 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.
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  • Aug 22, 2012
    First of all, what's with the poster? Usually something of that style is reserved for exploitation or truly crappy film that distributors (in retrospect) are ironically trying to play up in the cheese factor department, letting audiences know; "hey this is a campy, sci-fi, b-romp". But... this isn't. It's (visually) an 'Alien' clone, and another in the long tradition of space-exploration-gone-wrong films. So, I'm not really sure how this is getting shoehorned into the "so bad it's fun" category. The cast has familiar faces and decent performances, the visuals (although unoriginal) are competent enough also. Definitely worth a watch if you're the type who watches anything science fiction.
    Brett W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2012
    Not-quite-watchable <i>Alien</i> ripoff from the Corman factory. Some decent sets for ultra-low budget and tolerable acting, but very slowly paced with nonsensical plot trappings and the *darkest* film in terms of visibility I've seen since <i>Nightmare Man</i>. Certainly contains some points of interest for film buffs though. Cast includes B-movie vet Sid Haig, Ray Walston a year before his defining film role as Mr. Hand, a pre-Freddy Robert Englund, and softcore series <i>Red Shoes Diaries</i> peddler-to-be Zalman King, PLUS future boxoffice monster James Cameron gets his Midas hands dirty as second unit director & production designer. The same James Cameron who would go on the direct <i>Aliens</i> for that matter - interesting, no?
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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