20 March 2018

Review: The Beast In Space (1980)

The Beast In Space is one of many Star Wars (1977) inspired films to emerge from Italy in the late 1970s / early 1980s - see Luigi Cozzi's Starcrash (1978) and Aldo Lado's The Humanoid (1979) for other examples - but is distinguished from other efforts by the fact that there was originally rumoured to be a XXX rated version. The rumour turned out to be not as much of an urban myth as was once thought following the discovery of a long lost print in the basement of a condemned porno theatre in Bologna.

The Beast In Space is essentially an unofficial intergalactic sequel to Walerian Borowczyk’s The Beast (1975), and also features the earlier film's star Sirpa Lane.

There is a kind of a plot about a race to track down a rare metal called Antalium in order to gain the upper hand in the galactic balance of power - but don't expect it to make much sense. The plot only serves to fill in the gaps between seemingly random fights (including a low budget light saber stand off) and sex scenes.

Fans of utterly ludicrous Italian sci-fi sleaze will find much to enjoy in The Beast In Space.