Sometimes i think i like this even more than i like Star Wars.
First it's got a great soundtrack by John Barry. In fact this soundtrack is so good that he even riped-off from himself, and we can hear a slight diferent version in OUT OF AFRICA, but not much diferent as it is instantly recognizable as the music from STARCRASH, from everyone who loves this italian mega-low budget space opera thing.
Even with its cardboard sets, spaceship models ridiculous costumes and clothes, ultra bad dialogue and crapy special effects which in fact are not even effects,much less special, STARCRASH is still one of my all time favorites space movies.
Idiotic villains, half naked space babes, a robbot named HAL with the personality of C-3PO (!!!?), light sabres duels and lots space battles, this movie has it all !
It even has a giant battlestation, with glass windows, vitral style, which are shattered by the good guys when they invade the station inside missile capsules who break all the windows in the final battle. And even with the glass broken nothing happens, no decompression, no air being sucked out into space, nothing ! It's hilarious. Classic moment in Bad movies no doubt.
Man! Even DAVID HASSELHOF is in this ! A long, long time ago in a galaxy very far away from BAYWATCH. Altough the character of STELLA STAR has everything to be in Baywatch.
I recomend this movie to everybody, who loves Bad movies and particulary if you love science fiction. This is more fun than Star Wars ! :-)
What's great about STARCRASH is that it doesn't try to be more than what actualy is, a great bad movie. Even the actors seem to be having fun in this ! Or maybe they're just desperated to get out of it. :-)
But it works, and it works great.
It's fun to watch, it has a good 30's classical plot for space opera story, it is very atmospheric and the soundtrack is beautiful.
Even the sound effects are cool, with very strange eletronic blips and noises, that reminds me of those 50's invasion movies sometimes.
I guess there is nothing more i can say.
STARCRASH is one of those movies that you either love or hate with all your guts !
I love it.
Just don't look at this as a serious film, and you'll have fun for sure watching it. Brilliant stuff !
Oh, the planets were made with baloons and the stars were christmas tree lights on a black board. Its all in an old documentary about the making of that you can find on the net if you look for it.
As for old style space operas, in my opinion there's nothing like Starcrash. Altough the recent "Humanity's End" is also a good choice if you love this type of space adventures with a EE Doc Smith flavour.