This time out… perhaps the oddest choice for a “Lil’ Kitten Classics” review, Roger Corman’s New World Pictures 1981 scifi exploitation film “Galaxy of Terror”. Oh yeah… you all remember this one…. the one with the giant worm raping a female space cadet to death… Definitely a movie not for the kiddies. So why is it a “Lil’ Kitten Classic”?
Our synopsis for it reads: “At the orders of the mysterious “Planet Master”, the rescue vessel “Quest” journeys to the eerie planet Morganthus on a mission to discover the fate of another starship, the “Remus” and her crew that have crash landed on it’s forbidding surface. The hastily chosen crew of “Quest” is ill prepared for the unearthly terrors that await them on Morganthus… Horrors that may only be their in imaginations, or perhaps they are all too real…. and deadly.”
I think I must have been 13 or 14 the year it ran on late night cable TV, but….. well… this one was one of those films lil’ Miyuki wasn’t supposed to see back in the early 80’s… not by any way, shape, or means. Too nasty… too “sexually explicit”…. just not the sort of movie for a child my age. However… I’ve always been a bit of a willful girl, and telling me I wasn’t to watch it only made me want to see it all that much more. One thing about me that neither of my parents ever quite grasped…. With that in mind, I waited patiently until it was being shown on cable, either HBO or Cinemax, I don’t remember which, and promptly set my alarm clock to whatever ungodly hour it was on that night. Hidden away under my pillow, that alarm always managed to wake me, but was never audible even a few feet beyond my bed… Hehehehe!! Sneaky lil’ kitten, wasn’t I?
A quick ninja like scamper downstairs to my dad’s study and his portable TV and I was all set to watch this forbidden piece of cinema fruit. And see it I did… every low budget, creepy, space opera horrific, freaky worm raping minute of it. It was the perfect bit of pre-teen rebellion… That is, until I got caught by my Dad on the way back up to my room at 3 in the morning. D’ohhh!!!
He knew me pretty well…. and also exactly what I’d been up to, and after that day, his study door remained locked at night and I got a stern lecture about how “No really means no, Miyuki…” and was also grounded for a whole month… So, after all that fuss, was the movie even at least worth it?
Only one way to know, Gentle Readers….