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 Posted:   Feb 9, 2014 - 11:29 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

A bunch of stars went to Italy to make movies for that same reason. Unfortunately it would only be the former if you had to make a movie up in the Antarctica.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2014 - 4:42 PM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)

But then there's Christopher Plummer. What on earth was he thinking?

“Paycheck + paid trip to Italy.”


Paycheck? The whole film only cost $234.65. How big a paycheck could it be? smile

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2014 - 7:58 PM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

But then there's Christopher Plummer. What on earth was he thinking?

“Paycheck + paid trip to Italy.”


Paycheck? The whole film only cost $234.65. How big a paycheck could it be? smile


Plummer got $146.27, along with room and board at the hotel.

I believe the special effects budget was $37.50.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2014 - 8:15 PM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)


I believe the special effects budget was $37.50.


They were robbed.

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2014 - 8:18 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

I will unabashedly admit that I picked up STARCRASH on blu-ray when it came out recently, so finally got to see what Barry's music was supporting. I found the movie extremely entertaining. Yes, it's a major cheesefest, but it's got a colorful design schema, some fun special effects, and Caroline Munro at her most gorgeous.

For people who are capable of getting themselves in the mood for the pleasures it has to offer, I highly recommend it!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2014 - 8:19 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

No actually the SPECIAL EFFECTS budget of PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE IN 1958 WAS $37.50, THE SPECIAL EFFECTS BUDGET for STARCRASH IN 78 was $137.50-INFLATION.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2014 - 8:43 PM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)

Yes, it's a major cheesefest, but it's got a colorful design scheme

You mean that 'floating city'? Ken Begg of 'Jabootu's Bad Movie Review' describes it thus:

"When we see the Floating City--WOW. This is supposed to be the Big Reveal, of course, and it pretty much sinks the picture all by itself. For the first time I wished I could see this in a theater, because the prop for the City is so monumentally awful that it deserves to be seen that way. It’s not so much that the ‘city’ itself resembles something from a ’70s Doctor Who episode, and appears to have been made of whatever junk and household items were available. (“Take this old thermos and glue it there. It will look fine after we paint it.”)

No, it’s the utterly, insanely garish color scheme they gave it. For some reason—most likely because that’s all they had left—they apparently used canisters of various metallic finish spray paint, starting on the bottom and switching colors whenever they ran out of the current hue. The result is perhaps the single most garish prop in sci-fi movie history. Behold the glory that is the Floating City."

Check out a picture here:

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l171/kbegg/starcrashcity.jpg

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2014 - 9:38 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

Yes, it's a major cheesefest, but it's got a colorful design scheme

You mean that 'floating city'? Ken Begg of 'Jabootu's Bad Movie Review' describes it thus:

Check out a picture here:

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l171/kbegg/starcrashcity.jpg


Yep, that's what I mean! The whole movie is pretty colorful, though, and looks quite good in high def. That screen grab you link to doesn't quite do it justice.

Another aspect of the blu-ray release is the enclosed essay from a STARCRASH fan and expert who brazenly and unapologetically argues for its classic status!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2014 - 1:50 AM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)

I'm glad you used the word 'brazenly'.

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2017 - 7:05 PM   
 By:   Steve H   (Member)

Been revisiting this one. It's a fun score. Yeah it's Barry by numbers with Bondian overtones which I think is what the producers wanted. The title theme is somewhat cool, you really don't hear anything like it from anyone other than Barry.
Beach Landing is just one of those great Barry set pieces that grabs you from the opening piano chords. Would love a complete release of this one. There are a few notable cues in the film absent from the album including the fight with the giant tin soldier. Is there anything in those Italian vaults?

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2017 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Ah, yes, STARCRASH, the 1978 movie where planet sized super weapon endangers the galaxy but thanks to a bunch of heroes including a dashing smuggler and her alien sidekick (who fly in a fast ship and like to escape into hyperspace) the day can be saved. In between there are catty robots and space battles and swordfights with lightblades. Gee, I wonder how they came ever up with this stuff.

Irresistibly cheesy. :-)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2017 - 8:23 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

Check out this "classic" on Netflix Streaming as part of the current season of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, especially when they sing along to Barry's theme--"Star Wars, this isn't STAR WARS . . . "

One can only HOPE that al least the actors had a good time.

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2017 - 8:27 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Looking back over this thread, I think I might give Starcrash another listen sometime soon. It's been years since I've heard it, and I can't really remember much of it at the minute. I did listen to my copy of Kritzerland's Until September recently though, ironically enough.

 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2017 - 3:41 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Check out this "classic" on Netflix Streaming as part of the current season of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, especially when they sing along to Barry's theme--"Star Wars, this isn't STAR WARS . . . "

One can only HOPE that al least the actors had a good time.


OMG, I have got to watch this episode of MST3000. Am sure it's a gas!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 9, 2017 - 3:42 PM   
 By:   Tango Urilla   (Member)

Check out this "classic" on Netflix Streaming as part of the current season of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, especially when they sing along to Barry's theme--"Star Wars, this isn't STAR WARS . . . "

One can only HOPE that al least the actors had a good time.


I think everyone but Christopher Plummer had a good time. Christopher Plummer seemed like he was auditioning for Hamlet...with every ounce of his heart.

 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2020 - 6:23 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

As far as I remember, Christopher Plummer said in some interview when asked about Starcrash that he just loved Rome and would have done even a porn-flick if that meant spending some time in Rome. :-D

And according to the liner notes of the BSX release, Barry was "tricked" into scoring the film by producer Patrick Wachsberger telling Barry it was "the biggest science fiction movie ever" and showing him a grungy black and white version of the film, claiming it was just a mock-up, since the effects weren't done yet. :-D

It's a lot of fun what went on behind the scenes on some of those B-C pictures of yore. I mean, lots of schlock gets produced, but stars like Christopher Plummer and A-list composers such as John Barry normally would have been out of reach for such a production.

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2020 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

If anyone is curious, this film got the MST3K treatment with the Netflix revival of that show. Unfortunately, it is not a good way to test out the score, as the trio sing along mocking the movie at moments where Barry's score would normally shine. Although I am not really taken by the Netflix iteration of this show, there are some funny gags here and there. It was also fun revisiting a movie I hadn't seen in decades. I will never call this a good film, but it gave me a bit of a Star Wars fix when Star Wars hadn't been released on video yet, and it wasn't showing in theaters.

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2020 - 9:54 AM   
 By:   LordDalek   (Member)

At least its better than L'Uomanoide?

Yeah I got nuttin.

 
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