Battle Beyond The Stars (1980)

Mike / February 27th, 2012

Comments

  • tomashresc

    February 27, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Very surprised to see so many star wars rip offs, how many more are there in this galaxy. :O

  • DumontMan

    February 27, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Whoaa!! Fir…. Oh darn!!

  • DumontMan

    February 27, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Haha it looked like they aim lazer to the dicks…:O Except for that chick in dress shoot her in the back yeahh!!! xD this guy Saidor(or whatever u spell it)… that’s a Napoléon Bonaparte rip-off :P haha and this booze belt is hilarious.. but i would’nt trust it either! Well nice review one again Mike!

  • Jarnor

    February 27, 2012 at 12:38 am

    That lizard guy looks a bit like Grig from “The Last Starfighter”.

  • LazarheaD

    February 27, 2012 at 12:38 am

    That ship has balls…

    • Kaleidoscopic God

      February 27, 2012 at 12:40 am

       @LazarheaD Unlike you.

      • ZachThompson

        February 27, 2012 at 2:02 am

         @Kaleidoscopic God Is your name taken from the Scar Symmetry song? If so, you are awesome.

  • Doogrisa

    February 27, 2012 at 12:50 am

    USS Fun Bags lol good one Mike

  • Darkhyrulelord

    February 27, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Funny video as always Mike!  I like how you do research on the movie as well.

  • lunalicrichard

    February 27, 2012 at 1:40 am

    titts in space .

  • February 27, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Ypur best review so far, I really enjoyed it! :D

  • Ceyx_Helel

    February 27, 2012 at 2:32 am

    -Is it not Motherfuckin’ Monday anymore?

    • Doogrisa

      February 27, 2012 at 2:43 am

      @Ceyx_Helel nope

      • Ceyx_Helel

        February 27, 2012 at 3:13 am

         @Doogrisa   See, but why???  -Because of the word fuck?  -Can’t have the word ‘fuck’ in the title of the show?  That’s how it comes off- like they are censoring themselves because maybe someone had a problem with it.  That’s weak.

      • Transpeptide

        February 27, 2012 at 4:10 am

         @Ceyx_Helel

      • February 27, 2012 at 5:08 am

         @Ceyx_Helel Motherfucker Mike is a character from AVGN and Board James. Perhaps Mike doesn’t want that name to be associated with everything he does.

      • Ceyx_Helel

        February 27, 2012 at 9:42 am

         @Century Of Obscurity  Then why was his/this segment called that to begin with???  Have some idea what you’re talking about before you decide to leave a comment.

      • February 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm

         @Mike/Cinemassacre
         Uhhh… I definutely missed something. Fuck mothers? lol Someone actually took it that litterally?

      • Ceyx_Helel

        February 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

         @Mike/Cinemassacre Okay…  Well thanks for letting me know Mike- but I obviously had not seen you explain that anywhere before…  hence that asking.  Now go fuck some mothers- I’d say you could start with mine but… she’s dead.  Ahhh, what the hell- go ahead, man!

      • Ceyx_Helel

        February 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm

         @Deadlyrazorwings  – Heh, I know- right?  Kids today…

  • ToniKuhalampi

    February 27, 2012 at 2:57 am

    I’ve always loved this movie, but nevertheless a good review, Mike! Also remember that this movie has a huge cult following and it was even released awhile ago on blu-ray with some new extras, I think.

  • MRCAB

    February 27, 2012 at 3:02 am

    The Magnificent Seven is actually a remake of Seven Samurai, and so is Battle Beyond The Stars, but Battle Beyond The Stars is more faithful to the Seven Samurai(is seems) than The Magnificent Seven was. And Robert Vaughn does in fact play the exact same character he played in The Magnificent Seven, save for the name.
     
    Yeah, I really use to like this movie as a kid. :-p

  • Snejku

    February 27, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Anyone else but me who thought Mike was gonna throw in an image of slave Leia right after the comment about stuping to sex appeal?

    • Jime W.

      February 27, 2012 at 5:25 am

       @Snejku Heh, I thought he might add a shot of that fat chick with 6 boobs from Jabbas court.
       

  • FrankCabanski

    February 27, 2012 at 3:27 am

    What does Mike mean when he says ships in movies are always “her”?  That’s a maritime tradition.  It’s not just in movies.  Also what does Mike mean when he says that by the time of this movie nobody remembered Thomas played John Boy.  People still remember him today as John Boy.  When this movie came out all the kids talked about “that space movie with John Boy in it”.

  • FrankCabanski

    February 27, 2012 at 3:31 am

    I still don’t understand why people make statements but utter them as questions?  They’re making a statement, telling us something, but raising their voice at the end like a question?

  • DouglasAlexander

    February 27, 2012 at 3:34 am

    People just don’t know their punctuation?

  • NathanielLenox

    February 27, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Hmmm, Roger Corman is clearly a genius. Putting in a spaceship with tits, and a bunch of women who look like hookers… It’s brilliant for what he is claimed to do. It was said that he would show up on set from time to time, tear out a few pages, and fire a bunch of people. The way he had it set up, if the funding really got cut, he could burn the entire script, fire 90% of the crew, keep what was already shot, and degrade the shitty movie into a porno with a magnificent story and wonderful special effects for it’s genre. Hell, after the initial success of Star Wars, I’m sure there would be plenty of people who wouldn’t mind a porn with scenes where people aren’t humping if it kind of looks like Star Wars.

  • vancouvered07

    February 27, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Hey Mike, do you do your own video editing for the Magnificent Mondays segments?  Just curious…  Anyways I LOVE YOUR MOVIE REVIEWS!!!!   Don’t tell James, but I think I like your movie reviews better than I like his.  I think your style of thinking is better.  Love ya Man!

  • BrandeX

    February 27, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Mike you should do these as iRiffs.

  • EschiaMousehold

    February 27, 2012 at 5:31 am

    It’s on netflix just FYI.
     
    It’s funny how they just came out and named one of their species “valkyrie”. That either takes some balls, or a lack of creativity. I mean “valkyrie” are from norse mythology. Sexy fearless female warriors with wings. Speaking of balls, that female ship looked more like a scrotum to me lol.

  • CaptainMuganda

    February 27, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Star Wars is based on the hidden fortress by kurosawa, not seven samurai.the magnificent seven on the other hand is a direct remake of seven samurai.Mike, please get your trivia  together. James is so effective because he knows what he’s talking about, you mess up to much when it comes to facts and trivia.

    • StevenChapman

      February 27, 2012 at 8:17 am

       @CaptainMuganda who cares

      • Ceyx_Helel

        February 27, 2012 at 9:44 am

         @CaptainMuganda  Yeah, who cares if someone gets FACTS wrong?!?  -Say hello to our future, everybody…

    • Big McLargehuge

      February 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

       @CaptainMuganda Star Wars was inspired by Akira Kurosawa films, including The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo AND Seven Samurai. Mike’s research is correct. Make sure you do your own research before chastizing someone else.

    • Usernametaken

      February 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm

       @CaptainMuganda I don’t think he makes reference to the fact that Star Wars was based on anything at that point in the video. He say’s “Many have also compared this movie to the magnificent seven”. By “this movie” he is referring to the movie he is reviewing, not Star Wars. So you may be correct in your facts about Star Wars and the things it’s based on, Mike however does not make any point about this. That’s how I understood it anyway.

  • TAPETRVE

    February 27, 2012 at 7:13 am

    USS Funbags? I think it rather looks like a giant scrotum.

  • SolidSteve

    February 27, 2012 at 7:19 am

    HAHA! I remember watching this when I was a kid that couldnt get enough Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, The Last Starfighter, Enemy Mine etc. Id still probably enjoy it seeing it today..

  • DonSkiver

    February 27, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I think I actually remember seeing this a long long time ago on USA or something like that.  Probably about 15-18 years ago.  I couldn’t get enough sci-fi space opera movies such as Star Wars, The Last Starfighter, Enemy Mine, and the other clones, and TV shows like Star Trek TOS, Star Trek TNG, and Battlestar Galactica.  Sci-fi is STILL my favorite genre of all time (with next being fantasy, including superhero comics) and I love finding obscure titles like this.  
     
    Great find, Mike.  Here’s to another successful Motherfuckin’ Monday!

  • JeffreyWittenhagen

    February 27, 2012 at 7:47 am

    The lizard looks like he is from the Last Starfighter

    • starscream

      February 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm

       @JeffreyWittenhagen I definitely see that.  It also reminded me a bit of the facial structures from the old Planet of the Apes films.

  • February 27, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I vaguely remember this one from the old days. It doesn’t seem much worse than a lot of other 80s sci-fi.

  • MarkCanner

    February 27, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Wow, there sure was a lot of people who tried to copy Star Wars success, many of them are nothing more than cheap knock-offs.

  • Strazdas

    February 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

    From battle beyond starts  toavatar, he still make shitty movies.
    peopel refer to ships and cars as “she” too. i guess its just some bad psychological wierdness that makes men think they can control women where ever they want.

    • starscream

      February 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm

       @Strazdas I think it’s more of a sign of respect rather than control.  Referring to a ship/car/whatever as a “she” means that they attempt to respect it and treat it like a lady (although Kirk calls the Enterprise a “she” and he abuses the hell out of her in each and every episode).

    • jigglyclops

      February 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm

       @Strazdas Not totally, the spanish language has a gender for every noun, and ships are a she.
      Cars are a he so I dunno about that one.

  • BradCunningham

    February 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Dude that was enjoyable.  Thanks Mike!

  • TwistedSpeech

    February 27, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Good review, Mike. There are comments I feel need to be made, so here it goes. First, I still remember “The Waltons.” The show is actually still being aired to this day on various stations. Second, that ship looks more like an upside down diagram of a woman’s vagina than her entire form. And third, how could you not mention George Peppered, Cowboy, being famous for being Col. John “Hannibal” Smith? Did you simply just forget? Other than those three things I rather enjoyed your review. Keep knocking them out, Mike! : )

  • Big McLargehuge

    February 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I had a funny feeling you were going to review this movie. This is one Star Wars rip-off I’ve always enjoyed. Great review, thanks Mike.

  • Big McLargehuge

    February 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    That Richard Thomas guy also was in Stephen King’s It.

  • agrevle

    February 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    It’s motherfucking mondays !!! fuck yeah been waiting for it the whole day !!!

  • HJB

    February 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I can’t take the ship seriously, as it looks like a ballsack.

  • ROTLP

    February 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Cowboy is George Peppard. Hannibal in The A-Team series. Awesome, didn’t knew he played in this movie.

    • Big McLargehuge

      February 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm

       @ROTLP Yeah, I thought I recognized him from somewhere. Good call.

  • RowanJColeman

    February 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I love this movie despite it being a bit crap.

  • RockMcBoulder

    February 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    This is one of the only movies I respect Cameron for, I hate most of his movies now.

  • Big McLargehuge

    February 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I find it interesting you mentioned James Horner’s score sounding like his score from Star Trek II and III, because he’s constantly ripped-off his own scores for other movies he’s scored. Several cues from Aliens sound almost identical to parts from Star Trek II, and Patriot Games sounds almost exactly like his score from Commando. I could go on but I think I’ve unleashed enough movie nerdiness for one day.

    • starscream

      February 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

       @Big McLargehuge If John Williams and Danny Elfman can get away with it, I suppose it’s ok for Horner to do so as well.  :-)

      • Big McLargehuge

        February 27, 2012 at 6:49 pm

         @starscream Totally, I wasn’t putting him down in any way, he’s a great composer. But his are more obvious than Williams or Elfman.

  • Keith_C

    February 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    loved this movie as a teen

  • February 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    hmm alot of it was pretty well built, but it seems like it just wasnt mainstreem enough.

  • Swevicus

    February 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Nice review, Mike :) Spot on as usual… this film makes Blake’s 7 (a BBC television series) look like Star Trek: The Motion Picture. 

  • boykingkilla

    February 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Wow, This was a pretty awesome review, Mike! Too many ripoff’s.. It’s sad..

  • Guild Navigator

    February 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Man,I actually saw this at the movies. I remember falling asleep while watching it and later my dad grumbling “Why you wanted to watcj this,anyway?”

  • RhyanChapman

    February 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Hey MIke, go on facebook! :)

  • Staarscommando

    February 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Good video. One note of constructive criticism (a small one): the only thing that could make these better is smoother transitions between points, that way it seems like a continuous review/video. Sometimes it feels like some of your points just come one after another and it can feel choppy without smooth transitions.

  • PoLaR_IV

    February 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Kay this Is driving me crazy, but the ship looks more like a ball sack than tits…. D:

    • Big McLargehuge

      February 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm

       @PoLaR_IV I’m not totally positive, but last I checked ballsacks don’t have nipples.

      • Lionel Hutz

        February 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm

         @Big McLargehuge In space they do.

      • ChristopherDuncan

        February 27, 2012 at 10:21 pm

         @Lionel Hutz in space, no one can hear you spooge

      • Devil_Rising

        February 28, 2012 at 9:50 am

         @Big McLargehuge True…but tits also don’t (typically) hang together like that. You know….kind of like a nutsack. ;-)

      • Big McLargehuge

        February 28, 2012 at 11:16 am

         @Devil_Rising Hmmm, a female ship with a nutsack. Maybe it’s a hermaphrodite.

  • starscream

    February 27, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Looks like a half-way watchable movie.  Thanks for another nicely done review, Mike!

    • Devil_Rising

      February 28, 2012 at 9:50 am

       @starscream It’s actually not half bad. Cheaply done, sure, but I’ve seen a lot worse, and it’s more interesting if taken in a “Seven Samurai” adaptation light.

  • shintokamikaze

    February 27, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    i hop you review battlestar and buckrodgers

  • shintokamikaze

    February 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    is one of the 3 eye guys data from startrek next generation????

  • RockaMillington

    February 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Isnt that George Peppard as the cowboy? 

    • StevenCote

      February 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm

       @RockaMillington You’re correct :)

  • schloss_ritter

    February 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    A (less obvious to me when it came out) rip off of Star Wars is the movie The Last Starfigher.  Wonder if it’s considered bad enough to be featured here.  The hero is recruited through a video game, and the movie is the first ever to use full CG effects scenes.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Starfighter

    • Devil_Rising

      February 28, 2012 at 9:49 am

       @schloss_ritter   I would have never thought to consider The Last Starfighter to be a “Star Wars ripoff”, because honestly…it isn’t. There are barely enough similar elements beyond (kid recruited to fight space battle). Also, I would never have thought to consider TLS as “bad enough to be featured here”. For one thing, not all the films Mike reviews are “BAD”, he says so himself. Some are featured because they’re cheeseball or just plain dumb, but others, like “House”, were featured for being obscure or weird. For another, I’d never have considered The Last Starfighter to be “bad”, because….again….it isn’t.
       
      It was actually a high budget and fairly successful film of the 80s, and as you point out, one of the first films to make major (successful) use of CGI. Those effects were ground breaking for it’s day. I was actually excited when I heard the rumor that due to the success of the Tron sequel, that they were working on a sequel to TLS, that would have dealt with an older Alex Rogan training a new generation of Starfighters. Sounded awesome to me, but since then, it seems to have been shelved. Too bad.
       
      Also, on a final note, it’s worth pointing out that TLS was also the first major film directed by Nick Castle, former John Carpenter collaborator (he co-wrote Escape From New York, etc.), and the original Michael Meyers. 

      • Big McLargehuge

        February 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm

         @Devil_Rising  @schloss_ritter I agree that Last Starfighter isn’t a “blatant” Star Wars rip-off, but it is a “science fantasy” film of which the release of Star Wars was absolutely pivotal in popularizing the genre to mainstream audiences.
         
        No Film Studios were producing such  “Space Operas” prior to Star Wars and most (not all) science fiction of the 70s were post-apocalyptic earth-based dramas such as: Logan’s run, The Omega Man, A Boy and his Dog, etc..
         
        Star Wars changed all of that almost instantly, Studios now realized this was an extremely profitable genre and countless film were released over the next decade and a half that tried to capitalize on it’s success; including The Last Starfighter.
         
        John Lennon once said: If there was no Elvis, there would be no Beatles. That’s so true and it can be applied here.
         
        Ok, ok, ok! I’m NOT comparing TLS to The Beatles, it’s more like The Monkees or Strawberry Alarm Clock or something. Um, or maybe I should just shut up.   = D

      • schloss_ritter

        February 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm

         @Devil_Rising 
        I didn’t consider it to be a rip off either until reading reviews after I rediscovered the movie last year.  But you’re right in stating the similarities may only be on the surface.
         
        I didn’t think it was a bad movie either, though again my opinion was slightly tarnished when by hearing others’ negative opinions. I had chalked up my liking it to nostalgia of my youth, but I was probably wrong in doing that and being swayed by negativity from others.

  • darknerd64

    February 27, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Hey, I remember the Waltons!

  • Sergio Pabon

    February 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Haha such a rip off

  • Alex ES

    February 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Im a DORK 1st VIEW lol

  • You May be first . But bitch im Second

    February 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    ^

  • Chris Avino

    February 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    ^lol

  • Alex ES

    February 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Guess I wasnt 1st Sergio was lol

  • Tova Äng

    February 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Ooooooooooooooooh. Oho!

  • Daniel Brandon

    February 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    “Now, they did manage to turn crap in to mediocrity”. Never has such high praise been bestowed.

  • James Riegel

    February 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    really good movie. it’s been awhile since I’ve seen it.

  • Madalin Florin

    February 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    nice rip-off!

  • Michał Łukaszczyk

    February 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I must see it !

  • Andy Hore

    February 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I never realised there was so many star wars rip offs

  • Keltar King

    February 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    lol

  • Ricardo Restrepo

    February 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    good review motherfucker mike

  • Jason Dixon

    February 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    i love that movie!

  • Carter Wilder

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Keep it up with the sifi flicks!

  • Paul Potvin

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I think this is on Netflix streaming currently. Looks like I need to watch it.

  • Trey Waddill

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    It’s kinda like Mass Effect…

  • Zachary Schmidt

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Mother fucker mike is the man

  • Thomas Wright

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    MF Mike: you missed a perfect opportunity to make an A-Team joke. That was George Peppard, aka Col. Hannibal “I Love It When A Plan Comes Together” Smith.

    Also, that thing with the arm in the sling – Napoleon? That’s what it always made me think of: Napoleon Bonaparte.

  • Chris Jermyn

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    If they’re going through Star Wars rip-offs, it cannot be long until they reach Starchaser: The Legend Of Orin. That movie was so blatant I’m surprised Lucas didn’t send the lawyers in.

  • Hugh Finnegan

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Remember watching this as a kid, would love to watch it again!

  • John Connolly

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Just found this on Netflix and have to watch it on principle

  • Russell Warren Waddel

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Good review Mike! Keep it up.

  • Patrick Doyle

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    this movie sucks.

  • Jim Anderson

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Hell yeah That, halloween and krull were the first movies i remember watching i still love it..oh yeah and buckaroo banzi…

  • Jim Anderson

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    banzai*

  • Jim Anderson

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    and ironically lucas sent the lawyers in against battlestar galactica but not starchaser or this??????

  • Brian Andersen

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    This just showed up on Netflix instant streaming!

  • Jesse Franciskovic

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    u.s.s funbags!

  • Fred Schneider

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Nice.

  • Wesley J. Parks

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    loved this movie back in the day… and the music still kicks ass!

  • Peter Hansen

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Please keep these reviews of exploitation movies coming, i freeking love them!!!!

  • Doug Gelsleichter

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I’m liking what Mikes been doing. Keep it up Motherfucker – it’s good stuff

  • Gregory D. George

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I remember this one from when I was a kid… I re-watched it again last year and it wasn’t nearly as good as I remembered it.

  • Eric Leonard

    February 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    I would like more movies like this to watch. Suggestions?

  • Darkmercury77

    February 27, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    wow I completely forgot about this movie thx for the trip down memory lane

  • Bahamutzero741

    February 28, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Ship looks more like ovaries than tits
     

    • rush86

      February 28, 2012 at 4:25 am

       @Bahamutzero741 hahah yea

    • Mellowtrauma

      February 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

       @Bahamutzero741 I actually think it looks more like a mansack

  • Jennifer Pedro

    February 28, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Does your species have mouth kissing??? Ha ha that movie is scandalist!

  • Doc DM

    February 28, 2012 at 2:56 am

    2:58 in reference to the question of ships being referred to as she, it goes back to the Latin word navis.  It itself is a feminine noun of the 3rd declension.  Blame the Romans or the Greeks for that matter.

  • rush86

    February 28, 2012 at 4:25 am

    awesome review

  • RyanSanders

    February 28, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Come now Mike, that wasn’t blue toilet water, it was Romulan Ale. I’m surprised you didn’t notice/mention it lol. Good review as always, though,

  • Devil_Rising

    February 28, 2012 at 9:40 am

    To be fair, the movie isn’t that bad. Also, in fairness, if one is to compare it so heavily to Star Wars, one might also want to point out that in the original SW movie, Darth Vader is basically also just “the bad guy”, a personification of evil (since we don’t meet The Emperor yet), and his character doesn’t have much motivation beyond crushing the rebellion. Sure, it’s silly that we don’t know why Saxon’s arm is in a sling, but then again, there isn’t any real explanation given as to why “Vader is more machine than man now”, and why he needs a respirator. Don’t get me wrong, Vader is a way better villain, and SW is a better film, but I’m just saying.
     
    Battle Beyond the Stars is low budget, but they do a pretty good job with the effects for what they had. The soundtrack is decent, and as you pointed out Mike, storyline-wise it’s more similar to The Magnificent Seven, which itself is an adaptation of The Seven Samurai by Akira Kurasowa. It’s not a GREAT movie by any means, but it’s certainly not terrible. Also worth pointing out, Corman produced another film shortly after called “Space Raiders”, which re-uses some of the soundtrack and some of the exact same space battle scenes, as well as the hero’s ship design. It’s a very different film from this one, though, and also not bad for what it is. I’d recommend checking it out, as it’s more lighthearted than “Battle Beyond the Stars”.

  • February 28, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Is it just me, or this review appeared on the site yesterday morning and then magically disappeared for some time?

  • NicholasMarshall

    February 28, 2012 at 11:22 am

    actually both the magnificent seven and battle beyond the stars are just retellings of akira kurosawa’s seven samurai

  • MarlonPJManalese

    February 28, 2012 at 11:45 am

    the ship looks more like a uterus

  • Celurian

    February 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Another Funny Fact about this movie is that In Spanish this was name as “The Magnificent 7 of space” if you translate, literally, from spanish to english. Excellent Episode! 

  • Martin Daniel

    February 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    this a great old film

  • Ellensohn Marco

    February 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Release them earlier. Im from Switzerland and i love to end my day with your reviews. Nice one.

  • February 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    next week Star Crash? ^^

  • Rydal

    February 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Was That Lizard guy Kamen? the inspiration for Grig from “The Last Starfighter”? Have a look at this guy, it might even be the same makeup? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYoWNwhu0DM

  • Alskie

    February 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I really am not a fan of the Cinemassacre video player here. I may not have the best computer in the world but watching videos on the site is almost like watching a picture slideshow. I love the vids but gee wiz is it annoying. Anyone else having this problem?

    • Kaleidoscopic God

      February 28, 2012 at 4:44 pm

       @Alskie Not I.

    • RockMcBoulder

      February 28, 2012 at 6:16 pm

       @Alskie  I feel the Springboard player is great after you let the video buffer all the way (which is the fastest buffering I’ve ever seen)
       
      If you want to see a video player that is like a slideshow, watch the AVGN episodes on Screwattack.com, HOLY SHIT is that video player bad.

      • Big McLargehuge

        February 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm

         @RockMcBoulder  @Alskie Yeah, I never have problems with springboard, but watching an AVGN video on Screwattack is an exercise in tedious frustration.

    • DanielHoffman

      February 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm

       @Alskie Perhaps update your flash player? could also be your graphics card. I quite like this player, it feels more lightweight and simple then the one they had before.

    • fabsonjackson

      February 28, 2012 at 9:31 pm

       @Alskie i dont have this problem on my pc, but I know what you can do, because my netbbok isn’t capable of smoothly playing flash streams. You have to use firefox and download an add on like “video downloadhelper” or “flashgot”, use it to download the videos and you can watch them with most media players even while they still downloading (e.g. vlc)

  • SecurityM

    February 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Cowboy is Hannibal from the original tv series the A-Team

  • SdoubleT

    February 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    video aint working!!!

    • undertaker91

      February 28, 2012 at 6:15 pm

       @SdoubleT same here, its not working for me

  • Kristoffer Sandmo

    February 28, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I remember seeing this movie. And I bet he’s going to review “Gremloids” pretty soon :-)

  • CaseySeymour

    February 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Is his name Shad or Chad? I cant tell…

  • AndyAsth

    February 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Darth Vader and the stormtroopers are based largely off the german army in WW 1 and 2. He has is arm as a reference to Kaiser Wilhelms withered arm. (my guess)

  • AndyAsth

    February 28, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Darth Vader and the stormtroopers were based largely off the german army in WW 1 and 2. The villain has is arm in a sling as a reference to Kaiser Wilhelms withered arm. (my guess) ‘Vader’ is Dutch for ‘Father’ by the way. (‘Vater’ in german)

  • AndyAsth

    February 28, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Darth Vader and the stormtroopers were based largely off the german army in WW 1 and 2. The villain has his arm in a sling as a reference to Kaiser Wilhelms withered arm. (my guess) ‘Vader’ is Dutch for ‘Father’ by the way. (‘Vater’ in german)

  • lyrical2k

    February 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    What ever happen to Muthafudgin Monday???? intro

  • Desslok

    February 28, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Yeah, Battle Beyond the Stars was made solely because Star Wars, but it totally, shamelessly ripped off Seven Samurai (or the Magnificent Seven, if you prefer) WAY more.

    • turbiales

      March 2, 2012 at 2:16 am

       @Desslok In spain this movie was renamed “Los Siete Magnificos del Espacio”,  (The Space’s Seven Magnificent in Spanish). ¡And I liked it a lot! It’s a very funny movie wen you are a kid.

  • statueofmike

    February 28, 2012 at 11:57 pm

  • QuinnHoffmeyer

    February 29, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Interesting. I wonder if the Caiman character here was any inspiration the the Caiman in Star Fox 64

  • muckspreadmadness

    February 29, 2012 at 1:41 am

    “Does you species have rim jobs?”. Lolz. !!!

  • muckspreadmadness

    February 29, 2012 at 1:41 am

    “Does your species have rim jobs?”. Lolz!!!

  • bluetrain_

    February 29, 2012 at 2:07 am

    The Seven Samurais + Star Wars x Star Trek²(cheezyness) =  Battle Beyond the Stars

  • StutumSpeaking

    February 29, 2012 at 6:10 am

    I’ve seen this once. Not all bad, but clearly a Star Wars rip-off. Robert Vaughn and George Peppard helps.

  • February 29, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Would you please take the time to fix yor title images?  It takes me forever to turn the arrow into a hand so I can click on a video.

  • February 29, 2012 at 8:27 am

    BattleStar Trek Wars would be the best Sci-Fi movie ever.

  • February 29, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Door: Luke,  I am your door.
    Luke:  No.  It’s not possible!
    Door:  Search your wall.  You know it to be true.
    Luke:  NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  • February 29, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Sorry, but the ship reminds me of that one brown alien from Star Wars with the weird floaty eyes.

  • February 29, 2012 at 8:30 am

    That’s weird.  Ships and spaceships are female, yet battleships are men.  You’d think a battling spaceship would be a male.

  • February 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Wasnt’ that big green reptile dude in The Last Starfighter?

    • Doogrisa

      March 1, 2012 at 2:24 am

      @Firewall_Philip_Hanan STAAAAAAR LEAGUE!

  • zDonaldson

    February 29, 2012 at 10:46 am

    HOLY FUCK that’s the guy from All Quiet on the Western Front!! We just watched that in my History class. Weird.

  • AndrewTorres

    February 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

     @Kurvos Yeah, you’re clearly not well informed in the movie industry, so you get a pass with that stupid comment. 

    • MarceloOuHarePirani

      March 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm

       @AndrewTorres So now it’s necessary to have a degree on Film History (if that’ s the proper name) to be allowed to voice your opinion about the quality of a movie?

  • OfficialJab

    February 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    You sound bored. Can’t blame you I guess.

  • nowhere4321

    February 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Hey it’s Lt. Harris

  • liamaa2

    February 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    the guys with the I is the borg

  • Miles Garrod

    February 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    LOVE THAT MOVIE

  • darkwraith07

    March 1, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Mike, James, Mrs. Nerd, any of you.
    Please mirror your videos on YouTube or other video sites.  Springboard keeps giving me a loading error and it is frustrating to be unable to watch the videos.
    Thank you.

    • PH4LLU5T1NE

      March 2, 2012 at 3:55 am

       @darkwraith07 Umm…they do.

  • olflea

    March 1, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Was “cowboy” the guy from the A-team? Smith or something..

    • AndyAsth

      March 3, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Yes, also see epic move: “The blue max”.

  • AlexKidd

    March 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Fortunately there is somebody to see this piece of shit for us, thank you Mike.

  • PH4LLU5T1NE

    March 2, 2012 at 3:54 am

    I <3 you Mike. AVGN brought me to Cinemassacre years ago, Mike helps me stay :)

  • MarceloOuHarePirani

    March 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    That movie, is a perfect example of a Roger Corman movie: it’s a cheap exploitative knock-off of a successful movie, the effects are cheesy, the plot is almost irrelevant, the actors are generally uninspired to say the least… and it’s fun as hell!
     
    You don’t have to turn your brain off to watch this, just that nagging little part of it that has to take everything seriously all the time.

  • Lothar12

    March 2, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    I thought of another similarity to Star Wars!  Zador has his arm in a sling,  and Darth Vader also is short one arm since it was cut off when he was Anakin-  I know it’s a robotic arm now and he can use it,  but it’s something.
     
    Also Richard Thomas’ character on “The Waltons” (John Boy) was very wholesome and innocent.  I’m guessing he starts out that way in this movie too.

    • AndyAsth

      March 3, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Not really a Star Wars-person or anything but I believe it was Luke who had a robotic arm as a first step of become a machine like his father who was more machine than man.

  • JaysonGeronca

    March 3, 2012 at 2:10 am

    KINECT for Xbox 360
     
    *No controllers or remotes “You are the controller”
    *the Kinect sensor recognizes your gestures and movements
    *connect with just the wave of your hand
     
    *play games, watch TV, movies, & music 
    *Kinect works with every Xbox 360 console
     
    Kinect sets World Record as the fastest selling electronic device in history (sells faster than Apple products and other gaming consoles)
     
    Own it now
     http://astore.amazon.com/gjaysprod2-20
     

  • JaysonGeronca

    March 3, 2012 at 2:19 am

    KINECT for Xbox 360 – sets World Record
     
    *No controllers or remotes “You are the controller”
    *the Kinect sensor recognizes your gestures and movements
    *connect with just the wave of your hand
     
    *play games, watch TV, movies, & music 
    *Kinect works with every Xbox 360 console
     
    Kinect sets World Record as the fastest selling electronic device in history
     
    (sells faster than Apple products and other gaming consoles)
     
    Own it now
     http://astore.amazon.com/gjaysprod2-20
     

  • kasper221

    March 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

    mike i think they tried to make the ship to look like a ovary just saying xD

  • DennisvanHout

    March 4, 2012 at 5:59 am

    I really loved this movie when I was kid,.. I  was upset when some of his gathered squad were killed/sacrificed themselves.. I’m afraid I’d still enjoy it when I watch it one of these days,.. for nostalgic purposes..  ^^

  • mgoroway

    March 4, 2012 at 8:13 am

    NEXT DO SPACEBALLS! I freaking love that movie!

    • Kaleidoscopic God

      March 4, 2012 at 11:58 am

       @mgoroway Why do you people keep recommending GOOD movies? I thought he was supposed to be reviewing shit.

    • Kaleidoscopic God

      March 4, 2012 at 11:59 am

       @mgoroway  Why do you people keep recommending GOOD movies? I thought he was supposed to be reviewing shit. At least, that has been the pattern thus far.

  • DeadGoodNik

    March 5, 2012 at 7:42 am

    If you like the ship and the music from this check out Space Raiders another Corman Production that was made with the leftovers from this. Good Review i am loving these star wars rip off reviews you better do the best of the bunch though Starchaser the Legend of Orin and mention its many Sceintology refferences hehe.

  • Inspector Butters

    March 5, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I bet Kirk would have loved to command the USS Funbags.

  • KC Gonzales

    March 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

    huh, I was watching this in the same exact date. too bad I didn’t look cinemassacre on that day lol

  • Lafar

    March 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    This ship looks like a ballsack more than a pair of titties.

  • Lafar

    March 7, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    This ship looks more like a ballsack than a pair of titties.

  • Daeymien

    March 13, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Somewhat interestingly, the actor who portrayed Cayman, Morgan Woodward, appeared in 2 episodes of the original Star Trek series. Marta Kristen, who portrayed Lux, was Judy Robinson on Lost In Space. John Gowans, Nestor 2, had a small part in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

  • KeithLampman

    April 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I find it hard to not remember the Waltons. Its on Hallmark Channel every single day. 

  • jsg1266

    September 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    John Saxon also plays Roeper in Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon.

  • jsg1266

    September 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    John Saxon also played as Roeper in Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon.

  • nammm3

    April 9, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    That felt like a history lesson, but a very interesting one. Especially when you went over the James Cameron background and particularly when/where they ripped off from ‘Star Wars’

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