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Galaxy of Terror

Released 1981
Distributor New World

One of the more popular of the later New World Pictures, this gory “worst fears” extravaganza builds on footage from previous Corman space operas and has engendered quite a cult following over the years. In fact, as much as director Bruce Clark’s movie has been accused of ripping off Alien, the later Event Horizon seems to have stolen even more stuff from this one! Future King of the World Jim Cameron provided the unforgettable insectoid sexual assault sequence.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.