Friday, August 1, 2014

Space Mutiny (1988)

How bad is it? It's one of the dumbest sci-fi films ever.
Should you see it? Absolutely.
In space, no one can hear you hula-hoop.

I'll admit it: I was late to the party on this one and didn't know about it until it showed up on MST3K; it's one of their better episodes, though almost all the laughs are generated by making up new names for the lead actor ( like Slab PecThrust). It's funny enough on its own merits.

The plot has a security team on a spaceship decide to sell the rest of the crew into slavery (and there's some happy genocide thrown in) and only the pilot can save them. Reb Brown stars, constantly in a panic and screaming like a girl. His real-life wife plays the love interest and looks like a plastic surgery -gone-wrong victim... though she does get to hula hoop in a 1980's fitness club that's supposed to be a spaceship; the film looks like it was filmed in an abandoned factory and one other set that has a hallway that gets used repeatedly for meetings. There's a ton on pneumatic catapults and dozens of guys thrown over railings. Half the film is Battlestar Galactica footage to save on special effects. The villain giggles continuously for no reason. There's a really long slow golf cart chase. Cameron Mitchell shows up to collect a paycheck and his daughter Camille provides the voice of an alien.

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