Saturday Night Drive In: Battle Beyond the Stars (1980 New World Pictures)


So you didn’t go see Star Wars last night.  Perhaps tickets are so astronomically high these days that the popcorn and the crying children and the rude belching teenagers just wasn’t worth J.J. Abrams and Disney’s version of Star Wars VII. But that’s okay!  We have nowhere near the next best thing!  

Enter:  Battle Beyond the Stars!    This movie is a blatant rip off of Star Wars.  Complete with young farmer, an evil empire, a dashing smuggler, a bad ass bounty hunter, a Vader fan boy, a super weapon, and really cool special effects.

Granted the movie is a rip off, doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie.  It was produced by film legend Roger Corman and the special effects were directed by none other than James Cameron.  Perhaps you’ve heard of them.

There were some big name actors in the film too.  They had Richard Thomas (Farm Boy), Robert Vaughn (Bad Ass Bounty Hunter), John Saxon (Vader Fan Boy), and George Peppard (Han Solo Fan Boy).  It’s a great cast and they take their roles seriously which is great for the film.   A mix of great special effects and their acting definitely pull this film into the cult classic category and is definitely worth the watch!

The movie is based off The Magnificent Seven (one of my favorite films) and is basically set in space.  So if you were not able to check out Star Wars VII:  The Force Awakens, don’t feel bad.  We got your back and hey, it was basically a remake of episode 4 (ouch I know, boo hiss), you may as well enjoy this movie because it’s about the same damn thing!

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