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Title: Starcrash
Post by: Andrew on November 25, 2006, 04:09:48 PM
A bad movie that has it all: spectacularly bad special effects, silly dialog, and scenes that will cause you to fall off the couch laughing. It also has David Hasselhoff using a lightsaber to fight stop motion robots.

Click here to go to the Review (http://www.badmovies.org/movies/starcrash/)


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Smasher on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
A bunch of us get together every Thursday night to watch bad movies. We've watched lots of Carradine filmes, and Schwartzenegger films, and Stallone films. Starcrash is the benchmark bad movie against which all other bad movies are measured. It just works on so many levels: acting, costumes, dialogue, plot, special effects, makeup, etc.  It's just brilliant!


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Chadzilla on January 21, 2000, 08:13:05 AM
Let's see...you got David Hasselhoff, you got Marjoe Gortner (just after he made The Food of the Gods with Bert I. Gordon), you got JOE SPINELL as the head bad guy, and, must important of all, you got CAROLINE MUNRO as Stella Starr.

I saw this on the big screen with a group of friends.  Of these pack of young teens I was the only one that who not only enjoyed the movie, but loved it and wanted to see it again.  Same thing happened when I saw The Children.  

Perhaps Star Crash will be released again. :-)


Title: Starcrash
Post by: shonuff@hotmail.com on March 30, 2000, 08:00:55 PM
I've have been searching the internet trying to find something about this movie! I couldnt remember the name of this flick but I remembered certain scenes...like a foxy chick fighting people(mysteriously I remember that she was wearing high heels but when she fights they turned into flats!)

I also remember when she was frozen and she snuggled up to the robot to conserve body heat. I think I like it alot when I was a kid cuz of the lightsabre rip-off....who knew it was David Hasselhoff!?!  and made my Roger Corman?

I think this movie haunted my subconscience cuz I have made a comic-book that has women and a robot fighting for good!  http://temple.ctimes.net/rocket/


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Scotius1@cs.com on April 11, 2000, 08:27:34 AM
I have got to get this movie!!! Hassellhoff, lightsabers, men in torpedos, pure cinematic bliss!


Title: Starcrash
Post by: John G Lighterness on July 31, 2000, 05:50:23 AM
A film so bad, I had to buy the video.


Title: Starcrash
Post by: John G Lighterness on July 24, 2000, 08:17:53 AM
This is perhaps the most perfect Science Fiction film ever made. Never mind the ending of 2001, this movie just makes no sense whatsoever.

It kind of reminds me of a George Lucas film, but I can't remember which one.

They do not make them like this anymore. (Thank god).


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Otto Maddox on July 27, 2000, 12:01:11 PM
Post StarWars-anything-with-star-in-the-title-sells craze.  Perhaps the worst movie made, if not the worst movie imaginable.  A true classic!


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Greg on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I live in Japan as an English teacher. My entire apartment building consists of foreigners, and we have what we call the "group room" where over the years, many previous teachers have contributed to a growing video collection. Starving for entertainment over the winter break, I was looking for movies. Among the fairly normal movies I found there, I saw "Star Crash" and saw it's ridiculous cover. So, I decided to watch it. The movie was so horrible that it would have made a perfect episode of <I>MST3K.</I> It featured a very young Hasselhoff as the emperor's son, a naked chick who's supposed to be a brilliant space pilot and who is obviously allergic to clothing, a pistol packing hick robot who's afraid of his own shadow and always seems to get blasted by space lesbians and bashed by cavemen, a lightsaber weilding dork who's supposed to be an android or something who can forsee the future but yet couldn't forsee a slow moving stop-motion robot sneaking up on him to whack him with a sword, a planet of amazon women and their dumb floozy bint of a queen who's almost as naked as the star of the movie, and a completely pointless space battle at the end of the movie with some cape wearing moron with an ego problem and a horrible super weapon that didn't really seem to do anything that bad except to attack people with lava lamp bubbles. Oh yeah, and it also features a 60 foot tall sword-weilding giant C-3PO looking robot with breasts. I haven't enjoyed a movie that horrible in a long time. I heard a rumor that David Hasselhoff has recently been elected king of Germany.

http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~uw7g-bwr/index.htm


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Neil Bradley on August 17, 2000, 08:10:36 PM
I remember my dad commenting excessively how awful this movie was when I forced him to take me to see it at age 10. I thought it was great. Robots, space, etc... what a great movie, right? Now that I'm much, much older, I couldn't possibly see why I thought it was good - it's so absolutely horrible that it's hailarious! Seeing David Hasselhoff in whore makeup burst me in to tears so hard that I almost blew out a vein in my forehead!


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Ross Van Loan on August 24, 2000, 11:41:36 AM
I qualify this flick as being my 'numero uno hunk of stellar cheese'! I originally caught it in the cinema for a whole 35 cents back in '79 when it was released. I was gifted with a used video copy of it four years ago by a friend. He paid the astronomical price of 3.75 for it! It is, for my money, the best worst film ever made.


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Nidge on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM

This was the first movie my family ever rented on Betamax, way way way way back in the early eighties.

I can remember in my five year old brain mixing this up with Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica into the best film ever. Permed-Androids-with-Lightsabres-tastic!

Alas, After renting it three times in a row, I have not seen it since then - But bring on the DVD release!



Title: Starcrash
Post by: Doc DETH on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I saw this at a $5.00 a carload drivein in '79 or 80.
as a double feature. Even with 8 people in a van, it was
NOT worth it! Unfortunately, it was played as the first feature, and strangely enough, half (I think) of the cars on that side of the drive-in moved to the other side to see the bad karate/kung-fu movie. I really liked it then, as I was only 15, and I blame it on being one of the things that sparked my interest in bad movies, and the brain damage that results from the same.


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Steve on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
My God!  This is why I love this site!  I own this stinker and have shown it to friends who didn't believe that Christopher Plummer (who looks like he is very very hungry) is the ruler of the universe!  And Caroline Munro!  In a space bikini and saran wrap space suit!  What's with that goffy spaceship that looks like a hand?  Oh wait...was I actually trying to make this film logical?


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Cuff on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I saw this at a camp last summer.  When the description was given, the counselor had written "Quite possibly the worst movie ever made.  Come watch for two hours and laugh and laugh!  And then we'll halt the flow of time!"
it was wonderful!  this is definitely the worst movie ever.  I especially loved that the spaceships often looked like the lego spaceships my brothers play with.  if you have the time, GET THIS MOVIE!


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Ken on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
This movie is like a 90-minute train wreck! No matter how horrible, you just can't help but watch it through to the end. This flick is beyond “sucking”! As a matter of fact, it would take a million years for the light from “sucking” to reach it! It gives me great pleasure to see David Hassellhoff in a role that does nothing more than beat his ego to a pulp. Grab a case of beer and some of your closest friends, with a good sense of humor of course, and watch what should have been the end of Hassellhoff’s career! A MUST SEE! I wonder if this will make it to DVD?


Title: Starcrash
Post by: larry beason on May 23, 2001, 09:34:29 PM
There are no words to express my contempt for anyone who can find anything to praise about this movie.  For years, it served as a watershed moment for me when I realized just how bad, how unbelievably bad, a human endeavor can be.  The entire human race has been lowered in my estimation because of this sad, pathetic movie.  Even its innate, unredeemable badness--its ability to reflect the Platonic idea of baddness--cannot make me ever watch this movie again.


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Priss Asagiri on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
If there was any movie that deserved to be given the MST3K treatment this is one of them! Too bad the show is no longer on the air. (Bummer!) Is it me or does that Count What's His Face look like a bargain basement Ming the Merciless. He probably should have been called Zing the Worthless.


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Dani Darko on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
THIS IS THE BEST SO-BAD-IT'S-GOOD MOVIE EVER!!!

I saw this "thing" many years ago and I can't still believe my eyes. My brain collapsed at the first five minutes of it, and I just simply let it go.
Robots!Girls in bikini!Cheesy stop-motion!A bad impersonator of Ming!David Hasselhoff!70's Bad hair!Christopher Plummer dressed as a barbie doll!...
Those things and a lot more is "Starcrash", a film that deserves a special edition DVD right NOW!
Recommended to exquisite bad movie gourmets.Bye!!


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Joe Meils on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
There are so many things to mark this film as a "good bad" movie. Confused plot, poor production values, bad acting, and stars desperately trying to scrape up rent money by agreeing to be in it. But there are many things I have to admire about this film. First of all, Caroline is easy on the eyes. Her costume designer obviously knew where her talents lay. Secondly, the special effects! According to Starlog, the models were built in two days, and shot in less than three weeks. I don't know about you, but when i heard that, I was amazed they looked as good as they did. Third, I once bumped into Hasslehoff at Universal Studios, I mentioned to him that I enjoyed this particular film. He laughed and let me know a secret: the ending was written the night before,by the entire cast, over two bottles of wine. Man, shooting this one must have been the cinematic equivelent of a drunken frat party.


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Bryce David on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I love STARCRASH. Caroline Munro is hot. And the film is funny. I saw it as a double feature with INFRAMAN. The best double feature of all time!

BTW, if you like STARCRASH, then watch HERCULES with Lou Ferrigno. It's made by the same guys who made STARCRASH. HERCULES is as bad/fun as STARCRASH.


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Pariscub on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
The good news is, this little jewel is released on DVD Region 2 in Europe!

Can't wait to swap my old nasty video for a great DVD :)


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Alex Panz on June 21, 2005, 02:26:04 AM
I love it, will somebody please release it on DVD finally?


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Jeff Costigan on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I remember seeing this flick when I was not yet 12 yrs old !

 At the time I liked it, but even then I said," hey,

 how come they send men in torpedoes into that enemy
 
 vessel, why not bombs !"  

  Years later I see this dreadful crap as worse than

 Battlefield Earth !  And really terrible acting to boot !


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Matthew Taylor on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Just found this movie at a car boot sale (think you call them trunk/garage sales in US) this morning and watched it as soon as I got home. Absolutely brilliant, from the opening scroll text (not only painful on the eye and difficult to read, but complete grammatical diarrhoea) to the torpedos that really do crash through the plate glass windows of the Count's space craft and then have men jump out of them (I am chuckling to myself as I write about that). This movie must be seen, where else can you find 3 frame per second stop-motion animation. David Hasselhoff with a lightsabre and a planet described as being run by Amazonians, by characters who live a million light years from Earth and have no concept of the Amazon. Brilliant stuff.


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Raventree on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Saw this film in 79, at the Travis AFB theater with several drunken buddies..Many years prior to MST3K... we ended up heckeling this movie, creating tons of laughter within the theater..and with Ms. Munroe's assets clearly burned into my memory, I give this film... 2 thumbs way WAY up!!! (But only when fortified with several beers!!)


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Wence on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
This is one of the most funny movies I have ever seen.

Some things I won´t forget for a long time:

- Protagonists looking and behaving like a greek catamites
(Akton, seemingly a gay Italian newcomer, and the "Prince"=D.Hasselhoff)

- good and bad troops wearing gay leather-costumes

- A "bad guy" called Count Zartarn (=Satan?)

- A bad-guys-space-headquarters that has the shape of a hand (it transforms to a fist(!) when being attacked)

- An "Imperial Battleship" that is able to stop the "flow of time"

- An evil destruction machine that is so big, "you would   need a whole planet to cover it"- so or similary the Emperor(a destruction machine that needs to be covered behind a planet?)

- At least these silly torpedos with troopers inside

I am proud of having recorded this movie!

 


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Eagle on October 08, 2005, 10:26:37 AM
When I saw the trailer at the cinema in the late 70s I thought that I have to watch the movie. Unfortunately it was never shown in a cinema here. Later it was shown on cable-television and after you watched movies like star wars this movie doesn´t look very well. N.t.l. I love it anyway, because of all those crapy Harryhausen-like fx and sexy Caroline Munroe. David (urks) Hasselhoff has one of his first performances as a kind of Han Solo-rip-off. All in all quite funny to watch, but you must switch off your mind.


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Arm Commadner on December 30, 2005, 03:11:34 PM
Heavens bless thee, Starcrash. You have passed the test for being an incredible movie. The Space Claw is the most memorable things ever seen on B-Movie history. Henceforth, I shall pardon you with 5 Arm Smybols! May you live to greater generations!


Title: Starcrash
Post by: noconspiracy on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Heh,heh! This movie has "laser" everything,I kid you not!Laser pistols,laser rifles,laser spears,laser whips,a laser mask,and I'm pretty sure that Amazon statue has laser boobies!


Title: Starcrash
Post by: The Patent Dragon on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
This movie has Caroline Munro in black leather thigh-high boots. It also has Caroline Munro in black leather thigh-high boots rolling around in the sand to escape the the Amazon "Talos". Works for me.


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Hose on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Hey! I saw this movie at the age when I was 5 year old! I was so fascinated about this space ships, police robobot's ( I've pleased my father if he could buy me such kind sized  robot to play with! :) I was really impressed about this galactic movie since than! So, 25 years later,(yesterday), I've downloaded this movie and watched it again and the memmories came back...:) I mentioned that this film conteins a lot editing errors! But all in all this film is a troo legend!


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Hose on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Just one thing to get rid off;
Stella Star,(stella is the latin word for star) with robot holding hand to hand at the icy planet, I didn't forget for about 25 years! As a kid I was REALLY impressed by that movie! ;)


Title: Starcrash
Post by: Rodney on May 20, 2006, 06:24:52 AM
My wife and I saw part of it.  We walked out in the middle.  It was sooooo bad I asked for my money back.  :-P


Title: Starcrash
Post by: TK on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I saw this movie 15 years ago, at a 24 hour science fiction film festival in Cambridge, MA.  I was already so tired/loopy that I was sure I'd hallucinated it.  To this day, 15 years since we've last seen it, my friends will occasionally drunkenly roar "IMPERIAL BATTLESHIP - HALT THE FLOW OF TIME!!", when the moment is *just* right.  A true classic.


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Jon Maguire on February 25, 2007, 08:47:21 AM
Must add to the comments and agree.. possibly the best worst film ever!

However when I first saw it (aged 8 or so) i thought it was brilliant.

I didnt realise it starred the "Hoff", another triumph.

Am now going to get it and relive a childhood lost.

Favourite bit was the torpedoes, what a great idea (to an 8 year old!).

 Jon


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Flangepart on February 28, 2007, 11:07:32 AM
Oh yeah!
First class cheese!
Man, i hope someone reccomends this to Rifftrax!


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Stone on May 28, 2007, 08:30:44 PM
Wow I love this. I'm high on pills and alcohol, and wow.

"These deadly rays will be your death." - A(c)kton

One of the best qoutes ever.


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Andrew on June 02, 2007, 07:38:14 PM
Review updated and republished on this date.  I hope that a few more bad movie fans discover the glory that is "Starcrash."


Click here to go to the Review (http://www.badmovies.org/movies/starcrash/)


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Shadow on June 02, 2007, 07:51:00 PM
I still don't know what is more pathetic about that "torpedo" scene, the fact that they were loaded with men and not explosives, the fact that the bridge was so easily penetrated or the fact that everyone was not instantly blown right out into space.

Films like this are the Holy Grail for bad movie lovers.


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Him on June 02, 2007, 08:32:10 PM
Wow I love this. I'm high on pills and alcohol, and wow.

"These deadly rays will be your death." - A(c)kton

One of the best qoutes ever.

Actually I believe the quote was

"Impossible! Nothing can stop these deadly rays!"


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: felgekarp on June 04, 2007, 03:38:05 AM
Like a few people here I also saw this when I was a nipper and of course wouldn't have realised it was a "bad movie", it had a cowboy robot in it what more could a kid want?


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Torgo on June 04, 2007, 06:14:26 PM
I had this on VHS a while back. Makes my sides hurt I laugh so much watching it.

Have they released a halfway decent DVD of this?


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Andrew on June 04, 2007, 06:18:55 PM
Have they released a halfway decent DVD of this?

The best DVD version I have found (I have tried three of them) is the one linked to in the review.  It is the "Starcrash" titled DVD, from a company called Telavista, though on the back of the DVD the company credited is Substance.

There is supposed to be a Region 2 anamorphic widescreen DVD, but the quality is supposed to be low.  Since I love the movie so much, I have considered picking it up.


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: JJ on June 08, 2007, 11:09:41 AM
FWIW, Netflix finally got Starcrash in their catalog, and I saw it just a couple of weeks ago. O. M. G. !! It's everything I'd heard and more! How MST3K never did this one, I'll never understand, it would have been perfect for them. I can't add anything that hasn't already been said, except- do whatever it takes to see it! Buy, rent, beg, borrow, steal.. whatever, just see it!


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: mrgb46 on June 08, 2007, 02:01:53 PM
Just got the movie yesterday from Movies Unlimited(fast service,by the way!)and it's everything the reviews said it was.Thank you!I guess the only small complaint is that it's not digitally remastered,so it's only VHS quality.No big deal though.It's still an enjoyably beyond bad movie that belongs up there with Plan 9 From Outer Space....[/color] :thumbup:


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: peter johnson on June 09, 2007, 01:43:22 PM
Ah gots me the 1979 "Charter Entertainment" VHS -- In "HI-FI Mono!", the label proudly proclaims -- in perfect shape.
The sound is superb, no fading or lines on the image . . . Just raw, Naked Cheese . . .
Everyone has something to say about the bad spaceships and the silly torpedo attack, but let me draw some attention to the constumes:  Flash Gordon Goes to the Disco!!!
What fun . . .
peter j./denny c.


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: BoyScoutKevin on June 16, 2007, 02:46:29 PM
I actually saw this one when it was first released to the theaters. And the human-torpedo attacks do stand out. Andrew enjoyed this one more than I did.


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Desperadorrj on September 11, 2007, 12:39:24 PM
I've only seen this movie once on cable in 1980. That's all I needed. I fell in love with Caroline Munro from that moment. So what if she can barely act and this movie was completely awful. CM stole my heart and I'm forever grateful.

Thank you Caroline for being in the greatest bad movie ever made.



Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Xenorama on October 02, 2007, 01:24:06 PM
I've only seen this movie once on cable in 1980. That's all I needed. I fell in love with Caroline Munro from that moment. So what if she can barely act and this movie was completely awful.

actually, she's not a bad actress at all.  she was completely dubbed in this movie, for unknown reasons.  she does not sound like a girl from Kansas in other movies (i.e. AT THE EARTH'S CORE, CAPTAIN KRONOS) so it's hard to fault her for the delivery here.

David


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: hanelpanel on October 17, 2007, 01:23:23 PM
"DUPLO-class battlecruiser"- great slam, dude!


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Bilbo on March 17, 2008, 09:11:54 AM
????????

I consider myself a cooisseur of the bad movie.
And I must say that this is the worst I've seen in a long time.

Buy it.


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: cirocco on April 12, 2008, 03:20:51 PM
In response to Andrew's comment on the anamorphic region 2 PAL 2-disc edition of Starcrash (from Neo Publishing) being of poor quality, is your info from this review?
www.et-alors.net/articles/286
I would worry more about PAL speedup of John Barry's music, also about French subtitles being removable.


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: GoHawks on April 12, 2008, 06:44:10 PM
... this review?  [url=http://www.et-alors.net/articles/286]www.et-alors.net/articles/286[/url] ([url]http://www.et-alors.net/articles/286[/url])


Man, I love machine translation.  I don't speak (or read) French, so I used Babel Fish to translate that page for me.  Here's an example:

Quote
It is smelled especially that the person in charge for the special effects in dribbled to make his fakings with nothing twice.


I'm sure there's a French idiom buried in there, somewhere.   :tongueout: :question: :teddyr:


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Andrew on April 13, 2008, 07:38:19 AM
In response to Andrew's comment on the anamorphic region 2 PAL 2-disc edition of Starcrash (from Neo Publishing) being of poor quality, is your info from this review?
www.et-alors.net/articles/286
I would worry more about PAL speedup of John Barry's music, also about French subtitles being removable.

That is not the site I remember reading, because it was in English.  I think that I found those references (about the quality) on WTF Film, and on another site.  The screencaps on the site you linked to make the quality look pretty good.  Heck, the captures from "Escape from Galaxy 3" are pretty good too - better than either VHS version I've seen of that horrible film.

The best version I have found is the one I link to on the review for purchase from Amazon.com.  Amazon lists it as being released by Telavista, but the case says Substance released the DVD.  The others I've seen were, I believe, from St. Clair as "Female Space Invaders" and also another unknown (I parted with the DVD a while ago, and cannot find a cover art that matches my memory).


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Pumaman1138 on April 18, 2008, 12:14:36 AM
Apologies if anyone else has noticed and posted the links to

a fan made MST3K style thing using Starcrash

here is the experiment:

Part 1 of Starcrash Media Center Theatre 3000
is at http://youtube.com/watch?v=4AB7xfGdgzM (http://youtube.com/watch?v=4AB7xfGdgzM)

Part 2 >> http://youtube.com/watch?v=ie8H9Mn6dgE (http://youtube.com/watch?v=ie8H9Mn6dgE)

Part 3 >>> http://youtube.com/watch?v=0IuvDkJ7g-s (http://youtube.com/watch?v=0IuvDkJ7g-s)

Part 4 >>> http://youtube.com/watch?v=PkGLaCnigiM (http://youtube.com/watch?v=PkGLaCnigiM)

Part 5 >>> http://youtube.com/watch?v=jhFmEgMWKbs (http://youtube.com/watch?v=jhFmEgMWKbs)

Part 6 >>> http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ue7BluzE8XY (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ue7BluzE8XY)

Part 7 >>> http://youtube.com/watch?v=Jq8q49fpGIA (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Jq8q49fpGIA)

Part 8 >>> http://youtube.com/watch?v=ciGTrVMMCvY (http://youtube.com/watch?v=ciGTrVMMCvY)

Part 9 >>> http://youtube.com/watch?v=wAl6Zb_1bFA (http://youtube.com/watch?v=wAl6Zb_1bFA)

Part 10 >> http://youtube.com/watch?v=7xLNGlQbYVA (http://youtube.com/watch?v=7xLNGlQbYVA)

Part 11 >> http://youtube.com/watch?v=OGjeGV9HMVQ (http://youtube.com/watch?v=OGjeGV9HMVQ)

Part 12 >> http://youtube.com/watch?v=63KHIzGzjeA (http://youtube.com/watch?v=63KHIzGzjeA)


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Alan on December 26, 2008, 11:52:49 AM
This was actually the 1st film recorded on my parents first VCR back in the early 80s off of cable.  So I grew up watching it many times over the decades and loving every minute.  Yeah, it's as bad as they say, but "so bad, it's good" and a definite guilty pleasure to be sure. 


I'm surprised no one has pointed out the differences between the US (92 Mins) and International version (94) min.  The editing of 2 minutes actually does away with some of the worst wooden acting (but of course not all) which gives the movie a slight (and I mean slight) more positive improvement. 


And what about John Barry's excellent score?  Say all the bad things you want about everything else, but Mr. Barry is in top form here.  I just picked up the Soundtrack on CD and love it to death!  I read the liner notes too and it appears that Barry was tricked into doing the score, with the filmakers leading him to believe the version he saw was a rough cut without all the full effects work completed. 


Caroline Munro still haunts my memories.  Having then just come off playing a Bond Girl in The Spy Who Loved Me, one can only wonder how differently her career would have gone, at the time, had she listened to 007 producer, Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, and moved to the states to make films in L.A. instead of staying in Europe?  She had a great figure but refused to do any nudity, which made her that much more respectful as a model/actress.  Yes, she definitely could act, and as another person pointed out, was dubbed for this movie.  Those Stella Star outfits were definitely stellar!


Well, Starcrash is now out of print on DVD.  Used copies are selling on eBay, so if you haven't gotten yours, that's the best place to find one.  The one released by SUBSTANCE is the 94 minute International version which has a Widescreen 1.85:1 aspect ratio (though the picture quality is very grainy) and even includes the original french theatrical trailer and photo gallery of lobby cards and poster artwork.  The other version I've seen is re-titled "Female Space Invaders," and is the 92 minute US version in Fullframe. 


BuySoundtrax.com (at the time of this posting) is selling the Starcrash Soundtrack on CD legitimately from their website: http://buysoundtrax.stores.yahoo.net/storsobyjoba.html  It is limited to 1,500 copies.  So if you love the score like me, go pick it up fast! 


Here's hoping that Starcrash finds its way onto Blu-Ray someday, in a new and improved remastered edition with better picture and sound quality, and a host of extra bonus features, such as a audio commentary from anyone related to the film willing to record one (Munro or Hasselhoff would be a dream come true), and perhaps a "making of" documentary or featurette.   


"Go for Hyperspace!" - Stella Star


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Phaux The Fox on February 16, 2009, 12:47:18 AM
am i the only one that noticed in this picture http://www.badmovies.org/movies/starcrash/starcrash6.jpg
that all those outfits are different armor in Star Wars KoTOR


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Flangepart on February 16, 2009, 05:54:55 PM
Media Center Theater 3000...not bad.
How can a true mistie avoid the desire to riff like the masters? Not at all!


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: RichXXIII on March 29, 2009, 10:45:48 AM
I am embarrassed to admit that I like this movie on a non-ironic level. As a pre-teen, I developed this idiotic little boy crush on Caroline Munro after she had a swimsuit photo spread in some cheapo sci-fi magazine after she was in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, a Bond film and had just shot Starcrash. So, imagine my delight when this stinkbomb landed at my local movie theater. I saw it and not only loved seeing Caroline in it, but for some reason liked the cheapness of the special effects. I thought the multi-colored stars were especially inspired - like cheap Christmas lights.
And the movie had plenty of exposed female flesh, so I was doubly interested.
This movie's hard to find now (Netflix doesn't even have it!). I saw it about ten years ago on VHS and experienced a mixture of embarrassed revulsion and nostalgia and noted that Caroline Munro can still make my heart flutter, even in those stupid costumes and spouting horrid dialog.


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: RC on June 30, 2009, 09:30:28 AM
I remember going to see this movie when I was younger. Hmmm...this may explane alot.
Anyway, after seeing it again, I have to marvel at one simple, yet oh so important, point: It is amazing that torpedos full of soldiers can crash thru ornate plate glass windows and NOT cause deadly decompression.
At least the Hoff traded up from bad makeup to a talking car, and then later to wearing red lifeguard trunks. Kinda explanes why he gets so drunk so often...memories are a really bad thing.


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: HerrSerker on August 30, 2009, 03:52:15 PM
When I first saw this movie emerald, it was on a Saturday afternoon before Pentecost on a German cable broadcaster. And I liked it. But I immediately fell in love with it as the torpedo scene was shown. So hilarious! Such a smack in the face to any rational thinking human being! And so likable! They repeated it the night after and I darted to my VCR to record it. Then I phoned to my best mate and told him about it. He also fell in love the next second. For the both of us it is the best movie ever filmed and we could see it over and over again without boring the heck out of us. I even purchased the original score soundtrack on vinyl without me having a record player at all, such is my appreciation. And I tell everybody, how great this film is. They look at me, like I flew over the cuckoo's nest. Even more as I mention the role of Mr. Hasselhoff (who is not—God be blessed—King of Germany [we are a democracy, you know  :lookingup: ] but thinks he teared down the iron curtain with his song 'I've been looking for a freedom'  :buggedout:) But of course there is gorgeous Hillary Clinton, err ... I mean Carolin Munroe, and there is the terrible stop motion and sticks in front of stars and terrible actors and a plot that was not there and the crappy dialogue. The film has it all. Sex and Violence!
pzfuNSpP0RA

Did you notice that one can recognize David Hasselhoof without seeing his face under the mask by just seeing the way he moves?

One best part of it—I can't tell if this one is only in the German version—when Simon tells Stella to stay close behind him and shoves her in front of himself the next second  :bouncegiggle:

To all bad movie lovers, this is the very best, the pinnacle, the Mt. Everest with no oxygen. Watch it! Now!


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: HerrSerker on August 30, 2009, 04:17:32 PM
Wow I love this. I'm high on pills and alcohol, and wow.

"These deadly rays will be your death." - A(c)kton

One of the best qoutes ever.

Actually I believe the quote was

"Impossible! Nothing can stop these deadly rays!"

Thor said the latter and Akton responded the former


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: HerrSerker on August 30, 2009, 06:42:02 PM
And finally, think of what the term might stand for and what the emperor had planned with the floating city in the final battle: a 4-dimensional attack. This means, or should mean, that the floating city as a huge mass should jump into hyperspace and re-enter into normal space just a tick before the count's HQ so that he cannot dodge anymore. This should be the whole intention of the film but, as we can see, there is no hyperspace in the final scenes—this is not because they haven't invented it yet in the future, of course we have seen hyperspace at least twice in this movie before (every time looking different). So what about the Starcrash idea? It's gone! Phooey!



Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: butcherbaby on November 21, 2009, 05:29:06 AM
haha! i am seriously ROFLMAO at your review! i saw this piece of dreck with my brother when it came out, we were about 11/12 at the time. we were star wars FREAKS and eager to see anything even remotely of the sci fi vein. even so, we were appalled by this film and immediately denounced it as the crappiest film ever made. to put that in perspective, we had seen the abominable "star wars holiday special" when it aired and LOVED it. for something to be even worse than that, well, that takes some real effort. you know when a movie full of half-naked chicks is totally despised by a boy on the verge of adolescence, that it is really, REALLY bad.  :bouncegiggle:
and you forget one thing that we caught right away as kids....not only was there a laser battle every five minutes, stella also seemed to change her outfit every five minutes as well. that was just as WTH for us as the two man torpedos.
i have to say that the ONLY good thing about that movie, when we saw it, was that it was playing as a double feature with ralph bakshi's animated 'lord of the rings'. though we found it rather confusing, it still interested us enough to go seek out the books, and turned me into a hardcore tolkien fan for life.
after reading your wonderful article, it brought back a lot of memories of the film-mainly of how much trash we talked about it for years to come. i don't think i've ever actually met anyone in real life who has ever even heard of this film, let alone seen it. maybe they just don't want to admit it?  :teddyr:
after reading this, i think that i need to find it and watch it again just for the laughs.
and i agree with those who have no idea why it was never featured on MST2K, because it's like it it was custom made for such a thing!  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Blacklight on November 23, 2009, 11:00:57 PM
Me and a friend of mine watched this movie a couple months ago.  We were clutching our sides most of the way through !  The scenes that really got us going were the ones involving "The Emperor" giving his long winded speeches and while he's talking, his eyes and head wander to a point that he's no longer looking at ANYTHING !!!  He's just looks around randomly upward and around and orates !!  It's like the guy holding his cue card was hanging by a bungee cord and bouncing up and down all over slowly.

The southern sherif robot also had us in stitches and we were imitating him for a weeks after seeing this film.

The best part is definitely the "Space Torpedoes" that the guys jump out of after they go smashing through the enemy starship's PICTURE WINDOWS !!  It just doesn't get better than that !!!


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Rev. Powell on November 24, 2009, 11:55:03 AM
haha! i am seriously ROFLMAO at your review! i saw this piece of dreck with my brother when it came out, we were about 11/12 at the time. we were star wars FREAKS and eager to see anything even remotely of the sci fi vein. even so, we were appalled by this film and immediately denounced it as the crappiest film ever made. to put that in perspective, we had seen the abominable "star wars holiday special" when it aired and LOVED it. for something to be even worse than that, well, that takes some real effort. you know when a movie full of half-naked chicks is totally despised by a boy on the verge of adolescence, that it is really, REALLY bad.  :bouncegiggle:
and you forget one thing that we caught right away as kids....not only was there a laser battle every five minutes, stella also seemed to change her outfit every five minutes as well. that was just as WTH for us as the two man torpedos.
i have to say that the ONLY good thing about that movie, when we saw it, was that it was playing as a double feature with ralph bakshi's animated 'lord of the rings'. though we found it rather confusing, it still interested us enough to go seek out the books, and turned me into a hardcore tolkien fan for life.
after reading your wonderful article, it brought back a lot of memories of the film-mainly of how much trash we talked about it for years to come. i don't think i've ever actually met anyone in real life who has ever even heard of this film, let alone seen it. maybe they just don't want to admit it?  :teddyr:
after reading this, i think that i need to find it and watch it again just for the laughs.
and i agree with those who have no idea why it was never featured on MST2K, because it's like it it was custom made for such a thing!  :bouncegiggle:

Bro?  Is that you?  I have a very similar experience.  My mom dropped me and my brother off to see this Star Wars rip-off.  I was probably 9 or 10 at the time, my brother 7.  It was the only movie I've ever walked out of.  Of course, now, as an older, wiser adult, I have a real yen to check this out.  We just weren't mature enough to enjoy it at that tender age.  :wink:


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Bonesey on January 18, 2010, 02:50:53 AM
This is my favourite bad movie after Flash Gordon which I saw first. From start to finish it never lets up with the amusement and woefully delivered lines, not to mention all the p**sy effects and costumes. The whole concept of how the vacum of space works is hilarious. I love how the space ships have glass windows and that if only those torpedoes had been filled with explosives instead of men... There are a couple of small slow spots where you aren't laughing but it's all ok because the final battle scene is so utterly absurb and has you busting your gut with laughter and wondering what the hell is going on.

I won't rabbit on but this is a hilarious movie best watched with friends. There are about three or four lines that will absolutely flaw you in this movie and see you doubled over with laughter at the preposterousness and laziness of the script writers.


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: CD on October 08, 2010, 11:14:46 AM
Is that Ron Jeremy in that picture you have on the image page bottom right?


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: chris on January 23, 2011, 02:11:31 AM
Saw this movie when I was a kid in 1979 as a double feature with Star Wars, been obsessed with it ever since. Immediatly put myself on the waiting list when the movie was released on DVD in 2006. Still my favorite in my DVD collection. Between the milk carton starships, lava lamp ultimate weapons, giant big boobed robot amazons, the greatest dialog ever written for a screenplay, the best Darth Vader ripoff ever (Zarth Arn.....ohh, intimidating name), Golden missles that shatter windows on the most powerfull battlestation (eat your heart out Death Star), a battlestation that clenches into a giant fist, Stella Star (mmmm....Stella Star), the best damn perms in the universe, and of course.....the Hoff in his feature film debut. Not to mention the greatest line in cinema history "Imperial battlecruiser......halt the flow of time!". How did this movie NOT win an Oscar. And it is still a better sci-fi movie than Battlefield Earth or Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace! Simply put, GREATEST MOVIE EVER MADE!!!!!!


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: American_Jedi on January 27, 2011, 09:21:51 PM
I just watched this bitter, little nut of a "film" last night for what I believe to be my first time ever and I'm still trying to wash it's lingering effects from my conscious thought.....a truly terrible film.

Had it not been for the constant recurring instances of UNINTENTIONAL HUMOR....I doubt I would have made it all the way through.

The *outer-space* scenes kept reminding me of the Christmas, acid-trip flashback scene that 'Picard' had in the 'Nexus' in "Star Trek Generations".

I saw this film under one of it's many alternate titles called..."Female Space Invaders" and it just goes to show, no matter how much you spice up the title, it won't make the film ANY BETTER.


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: TheDoomMachine on October 11, 2011, 01:13:28 PM

This movie is so fun, and it makes me want to give Luigi Cozzi/Louis Coates a huge hug, or buy him all the dope he could ever need. If you really hate this movie I don't really want to know you. I'll take this over Star Wars and its interminable sequels almost any day..the dialogue is funny instead of flat and boring, the lead actress is cooler by a million light years (not to mention sexier), Count Zarthorn is awesome and hilarious all at once, and its director doesn't make me want to hate everything he's been involved with on principal. That's an amazing story about the movie being finished over wine in a big cast free-for-all..I love it! I read that the producers wanted to make the movie more Starwars-like than Cozzi's original story because they thought it would boost sales, but I doubt it made that much of a difference. I feel bad for Cozzi getting his ideas sabotaged most of the time, even if the guy is insane and probably would have taken some studio into bankrupcy with his crazy ideas one day. Oh, and this was also my introduction to the wacky world of Italian genre cinema..I had no idea it was Italian at the time; my mum rented it for me when we borrowed a VCR because she knew I liked science fiction movies. I'm glad to have rediscovered it nearly twenty years later. SO cool...


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Torgo on May 07, 2012, 05:02:18 PM
I got the Shout Factory blu-ray special edition of "Starcrash" this past Saturday and I'm truly amazed at how great the film looks on it. It's also loaded with special features and once again multiple kudos to Shout Factory for showing this much love to this campy cult classic.

If you haven't seen Starcrash yet, don't bother with the numerous and vastly inferior bootleg copies and check out the Shout Factory blu-ray instead!   


Title: Re: Starcrash
Post by: Pacman000 on June 03, 2017, 07:49:18 AM
Don't know if anyone's seen this; it's an interview with Luigi Cozzi about Starcrash:

http://www.devildead.com/luigicozzi/luigicozzi-uk-2.php3 (http://www.devildead.com/luigicozzi/luigicozzi-uk-2.php3)

Quote
Everybody says that STARCRASH is a rip-off of STAR WARS but when you see the movie it seems to be more influenced by the fifties movies like the colored stars or the costumes...
You're absolutely right. But the first thing the producers and the distributors told me was "Luigi ! Do like STAR WARS ! Do like STAR WARS ! Do it !". I knew we couldn't do a picture like STAR WARS because we had no preparation. We only did three or four weeks of preparation before starting to shoot. How can you do a STAR WARS movie with three weeks of preparation ? It was not possible ! So I said the only way I could make a good movie was to do something like a fantasy film. For example the spaceships are not realistic and are rather fantastic. I like the picture from the fifties. I'm very fond of the fifties.

There's also the influence of Ray Harryhausen's adventure movies. When I saw STARCRASH, I recognized elements from JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS and THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD... But also in particular from the fifties there are some kind of FORBIDDEN PLANET influences...
You saw exactly what's in my picture. It was what I wanted to do. But people didn't understand that. They didn't know anything about FORBIDDEN PLANET or about Ray Harryhausen's movies... or anything like that. They only knew and kept telling me "STAR WARS... STAR WARS... STAR WARS...". So there's still something like STAR WARS in it cause I had to ! So I gave up and and I said "Okay ! Let's do it !".

STARCRASH is what you wanted in the beginning ?
It is more or less what I wanted. Cause when I was asked to do this kind of movie, not the disaster movie but a space fantasy, I said "I write STAR WARS". And so it was very much like a Robert Heinlein's juvenile from the fifties. I love those things. And so I made something similar in my way. I put Barbarella in it. Cause I love Barbarella. I also did use novels of A.E. Van Vogt as a model...
Every scene starts with a situation... With a big situation. The scenes must be no longer than three pages. And at the end of the second or third page, the situation must be completely reversed. You see in the movie it keeps changing. A guy disappears then re-appears... It keeps rolling like that. As a basis for the whole story I did pick up a book by a science-fiction writer called "The Secret Of Sinharat". In my opinion at that time, a lady called Leigh Brackett was the biggest science-fiction adventure writer. And George Lucas hired her for the sequel of STAR WARS which means I was not wrong in getting my model. Because she's the lady who invented Yoda or turned Darth Vader into a good guy. She was my model before Lucas hired her !


There's more interesting stuff in there, like his planes for a space disaster movie, but this is what applies to this film.