The thought was why can't some kid that has been pushed around a bit and hasn't been treated very well at school find some crazy alien weapon and blow the crap out of everything and every person who tormented him. In normal life, such kids are not ever the targets of persecution by their peer group, so this just doesn't work. Take that Star Wars nerds! Well this one still brings back memories of my youth. Anyway here's my opinion, I'm in two minds over Laserblast as it's a pretty bad film but there was just about enough in it for me to enjoy it on a basic level. Keenan Wynn is Kathy's senile military grandfather Colonel Farley and Roddy McDowell is the town physician who removes a small plate that was forming into Billi's chest where the pendant had rested. Especially hilarious are when he blows up a pinball machine did it take his quarter? Billy immediately wakes up with green skin and deformed teeth and attacks Kathy, but she escapes. A sort of da-da approach to film, that almost worked.
Laserblast has received overwhelmingly negative reviews and consistently ranks among the Bottom 100 list of films on the. As I saw that, I was stunned. Yeah the script is weak and nothing is ever explained but thats what your imagination is for. Look for more of these Cinema Session soon! However, the indiscriminate use of the laserblaster and the control pendant also starts to mutate him into an alien. We had portable tape players and we used pay phones. A sub-plot of the movie is about a couple of creepy looking aliens who speak a dialect that sounds like space-mandarin.
The reptilian alien creatures in the film were works of by animator , marking the first chapter in a decades-long history of collaboration between Allen and Band. Teen angst, bullying, small-town doldrums in the 1970's. Fifth, the story is good. Why does Billy's Mum keep going to Alcapulco? Later that day Billy Duncan finds the gun and necklace and discovers that combined they hold immense destructive power. Martin also stated the film was pulled from a theater after showing for one week. Stop-motion animation fans need to check this one out for the aliens. Musique Fantastique: A Survey of Film Music in the Fantastic Cinema.
Recommended for a slow night. I actually saw this in the theater when it came out. The movie, however, is a drag. Sculptor Jon Berg, who built the alien creature puppets based on Allen's design, was also uncredited for his work. Catchy score from Richard Band and Joel Goldsmith who give the film a unique feel that actually somehow enhances it.
I can't think of a single positive thing to say about it at all, really, and I have no idea at all why I sat through the whole thing, but I did, and didn't feel cheated at the end, which I also cannot explain. Keenan Wynn, the other 'name' actor in the movie, is on autopilot; he could have phoned his part in. The sequence where Neill's character shoots the gun out of the hand of one of the aliens was done through wire-supported animation. A green-skinned Billy opens fire on Mellon's car that evening, killing him in an explosion. ! Billy, when the pendant touches his chest, is controlled by the alien's presence. I enjoyed Laserblast and they really don't make them like this anymore, I'm not even sure they'd want to, which makes me very sad.
The makeup effects in the film, including the gradual discoloration and degeneration of Kim Milford, were handled by makeup artist Steve Neill, who had previously worked with Band on the science fiction film 1977. I thought it was entitled something else and was perplexed why I couldn't find it. With all of this talent on board, these aliens are truly majestic and awesome. Jein had recently completed his work on the Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 when Allen approached him to work on Laserblast, which was the first time Jein designed a project himself. When I first saw this in 1978 in the theatre, I was impressed, just a touch below Harryhausen quality. We have the story of Billy who is turned into a monster that wanders the streets shooting things with a laser gun. It's not particularly well made the acting isn't brilliant the special effects aren't great excluding the stop motion aliens but it is a whole lot of fun.
Smith disliked the role because she felt it was poorly written and that she did not receive enough rehearsal time. Sometimes the movie does manage to convey the boredom and emptiness of a teenager's life in a small town. I remember the 70's and it was about this dirt-poor culturally. At the time that Laserblast was released, audience interest in science fiction films was particularly high due to the release of Star Wars and the long wait until the release of its sequels, 1980 and 1983. Fourth, Eddie Deezen is about as annoying as you've ever seen him. A Century of Stop Motion Animation: From Méliès to Aardman. Third, you have to love Kim Milford's impression of a cooked Mark Hamill.
In their book about science fiction films, writers James Robert Parish and Michael R. Billy and Kathy attend a pool party where Chuck and Froggy attempt to rape Kathy. Plot Two aliens hunt down another alien in the Arizona desert, disintegrating him. Billy wanders into the desert and discovers the laser cannon and pendant. Laserblast was advertised in conjunction with , which was released the previous year and still playing theaters. You really hadn't seen any movie like it, unless you can maybe mix Halloween with Alien, but even that would be a stretch. A loser that everyone picks on for good reason finds this gun and starts blasting everyone and everything that did him wrong.
The music was also used in the Charles Band-produced film , released the same year, the 1986 science fiction film and the 1983 horror film. It consisted of about 46 minutes of music over 25 tracks. Matting was again used for the sequence where Billy is shot with a gun by one of the aliens from the top of a building. This movie wasn't meant to be taken seriously. An answer print is the first version of a given motion picture that is printed to film after color correction on an interpositive. Every scene he is in sucks wind. Oh Hai Mark All clips used fall under fair use for purpose of review.
Milford and Smith make an attractive couple. Are they the good guys who come to save us, stupid and defenseless human beings, against maniacs that can't deal with hi-tech interstellar weaponry? While Tony questions Colonel Farley and Kathy about Billy, the two aliens land on Earth and begin searching for Billy. Join TwoTakes on their discussion of the film as they try and make sense of life. Bullied, disaffected teenager Billy Duncan later finds the laserblaster and pendant. Eventually the power of the weapon begins to take control of Billy as he begins to mutate and revenge takes a back seat to wanton destruction.