Sunday, January 17, 2021

Star Crash 1978 5 out of 10 (Star Wars rip-off # 2)

Star Crash 1978   5 out of 10    (Star Wars rip-off)

One of the co-hosts of the podcast recently sent me a Youtube video of some Star Wars rip-offs and I was intrigued and had to see them for myself.  The first one I watched was Star Crash which I hadn't previously heard of for some reason.   

This film starred sci-fi hottie Caroline Munro as Stella Star the bikini clad hero of the film.    The name didn't immediately ring a bell -but when I looked her up her previous work was familiar.  She was Bond Girl in Spy Who Loved Me and was also in the Golden Voyage of Sinbad..

The film itself was pretty unremarkable.  There were aliens sidekicks (one with a bullet head and odd cowboy accent). There were laser swords and a villain with a planet destroying weapon -- but the plot was pretty thin.  Stella Star is an outlaw smuggler that is enlisted to help the Emperor rescue his son and destroy the evil super weapon.  The characters stop at several planets in search of the lost ship and encounter a tribe of Amazon woman with a giant metal robot straight out of something Ray Harryhausen flick.  On a different planet they bump into some prehistoric looking mutants before finally rescuing David Hasellhoff.   Together they break into the villains lab and have to fight off a couple of duck looking metal robots.  These robots looked like the insides of some Disney animatronic (not very menacing)  The film then ends with some odd space battle that doesn't even involve the main characters as they watch from the Emperor's ship.

After watching several of these Star Wars rip-offs and the Flash Gordon film from the 1980's I'm shocked that George Lucas was able to pull off Star Wars the way he did.  Star Wars caught magic in a bottle.  Star Wars just worked - when it could have so easily ended up forgettable like most of the Star Wars rip-offs that followed in its footsteps.   I'm glad I checked out Star Crash just to see what it was unfortunately it was no diamond in the rough --- instead it was just rough. It had silly plot that just seemed pieced together and some goofy characters.


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