Beyond bad Corman cheapo that rushed into production when the original ''Alien'' became a big hit. Production values serviceable considering budget but the story and acting are just so awful. Moran, King and Zabriskie all vying for the worse performance. Creature effects even for '81 are pretty terrible with absolutely no consistency in look or scope from scene to scene. Being shown in retro at Fantasia '13.
The star of the film is the special effects crew, who stretched 700 grand as far as it would go and made "Galaxy of Terror" look almost as good as a big-budget studio film of its era. Sadly, the script is a simple 'kill by numbers' game, littered with canned dialogue. The production design here will remind you of "Aliens" or even "Prometheus" at times but the story has no such artistic ambitions.
Roger Corman-produced 'Alien' rip-off actually manages some fairly impressive set design and atmosphere considering its miniscule budget. The plot is just as ridiculous as you'd expect, but it's packed with a very entertaining B-movie energy and a great over the top cast, Grace Zabriskie's whacked-out performance is particularly memorable.
Cut above-average sci-fi, with cult-tastic cast. Reminiscent of Bava's Planet of the Vampires in its depiction of a far-future world. Kudos to all the technicians (including young James Cameron) who made this Corman pic look similar in quality to then-current films like The Black Hole or 2010, which both spent a lot more money.
Watched this for the first time the other night. Incomprehensible, but mildly amusing. Splendid looking DVD. This is a great example on my theory of declining DVD sales; audiences are completely over basking in the joy of the most pristine, HD transfers of lousiest, third-rate movies.