THE HUMANOID (1979) hit theaters quickly in the hopes of catching some of that newfound sci-fi fever.
One of the first Italians, however, to start digging at that Lucas mine was Alfonso Brescia. Under his delightfully dull pseudonym Al Bradley (isn’t he on 60 MINUTES?), Brescia churned out the first Italian STAR WARS rip-off in BATTLE OF THE STARS (1977). Original title, eh? He returned with two more sci-fi titles over the subsequent years. WAR OF THE ROBOTS (1978) was the second one and featured Antonio Sabato, Sr. in the lead role. The loose trilogy of sci-fried madness wrapped up with STAR ODYSSEY (1979), an absolute mess that will have you begging for a SyFy Channel movie after all is said and done. Yeah, it’s that bad.
|This about sums STAR ODYSSEY up|
|The feeling is mutual|
Even funnier are the miniature effects on display for the spaceships. Now I know a horrid fullscreen transfer of a widescreen flick can bring forward more flaws in miniature work (we’ve all seen GODZILLA films on TV as a kid), but this stuff is wretched. How bad is it? Famed UFO hoaxer Billy Meier took one look at it and said, “You expect me to believe this shit?” Check it out:
On a related note, I’ve had an odd relationship with this film. Back in the mid-90s, I spotted it at a video store in San Jose, CA on the Mogul Video label under the title METALLICA. What? LOL! How could this movie not rule? Unfortunately, if memory serves me correctly, the clerk couldn’t find the video behind the counter and I was left
METALLICA deprived. It wasn’t until recently that the bug to see this got to me again and I found it on Amazon for close to $50. Damn it! Well, a quick Google search showed it was available in tons of cheap releases under the name STAR ODYSSEY, so I scooped one up and finally (fatally?) got my fix. Even paying $3 for it hurt my sensibilities. So let that be a word of warning for all you junkies out there that might suddenly start craving some METALLICA. Stay away. I’m talking “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” away.
Still don't trust me? Well, some sadistic soul edited together a compilation of the film's "greatest" moments. Behold!