HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Angelfish
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, A
This is a Hijack
Loved One, The
Jumanji: The Next Level
Krabi 2562
Call of the Wild, The
Diary of a Country Priest
Sea Fever
Throw Down
Grudge, The
Green Man, The
Specialists, The
Convoy
Romantic Comedy
Going Ape!
Rabid
Infinite Football
Little Women
Camino Skies
Ema
Another Shore
Cry Havoc
Legend of the Stardust Brothers, The
Mystery Team
Westward the Women
Demonwarp
Man Who Killed Don Quixote, The
Chloe
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
Murder Inferno
Extraction
Overlanders, The
Can You Keep a Secret?
Women in Revolt
Astronaut
Peanut Butter Falcon, The
Ip Man 4: The Finale
Card, The
   
 
Newest Articles
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
Hit for Ms: Mark Cousins' Women Make Film on Blu-ray
Look Sinister: The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse on Blu-ray
Star Wars Triple Threat: The Tricky Third Prequel and Sequel
I Can See for Miles: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes on Blu-ray
Too Much Pressure: The Family Way on Blu-ray
The Alan Key: Alan Klein and What a Crazy World on Blu-ray
A Japanese Ghost Story: Kwaidan on Blu-ray
The Zu Gang: Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain on Blu-ray
Reality TV: The Year of the Sex Olympics on DVD
The Young and the Damned: They Live By Night on Blu-ray
Mind How You Go: The Best of COI on Blu-ray
Der Kommissar's in Town: Babylon Berlin Series 3 on DVD
The End of Civilisation as We Know It: The 50th Anniversary
The Whalebone Box: The Andrew Kotting Interview
Being Human: The Elephant Man on 4K UHD Blu-ray
It's! Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 3 on Blu-ray
Put the Boot In: Villain on Blu-ray
The Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 2: Vic Pratt Interview
All the Lonely People: Sunday Bloody Sunday on Blu-ray
Desperate Characters: Beat the Devil on Blu-ray
Chansons d'Amour: Alfie Darling on Blu-ray
Ozploitation Icon: Interview with Roger Ward
   
 
  Starchaser: The Legend of Orin Back To The Planet
Year: 1985
Director: Steven Hahn
Stars: Joe Colligan, Carmen Argenziano, Noelle North, Anthony De Longis, Les Tremayne, Tyke Caravelli, Daryl Bartley, John Moschitta Jr, Tina Romanus, Thomas H. Watkins, Mickey Morton, Michael Winslow, Cathy Cavadini, Greg Finley
Genre: Animated, Science Fiction, AdventureBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Orin (voiced by Joe Colligan), as with the rest of his fellow slaves, toils in the mines, never wishing to see the surface due to the tale they have heard that Hell itself is above them. They are digging for crystals needed by the one they worship, Zygon (Anthony De Longis), which they offer up to him in return for food, but the slaves are kept in their place and hard at work by the robot slavedrivers who wield energy beam whips. One day, Orin is mining away when he discovers a sword in the rock; his girlfriend's grandfather implores him to hide it from the guards, but when two of them stride over to see what is happening, the grandfather is so severely punished that he is killed. Orin is told by an image in the sword that he must fight back, and although the message is vague, he realises that life must not go on like this, and he might be the man to change it...

Star Wars-inspired science fiction movies were still being made even after Return of the Jedi was completed, and Starchaser was an animated run over a well-trodden path. Scripted by Jeffrey Scott, it stuck fast to the accustomed clich├ęs of the genre, but this time it had a distinct advantage over its rivals: yes, this one was in three dimensions. So not only was it one of the Star Wars cash-ins, but it was part of the 3-D craze as well, an eighties phenomenon that threw up such all time classics as, erm, Jaws 3-D and Amityville 3-D. At least this gimmick was well suited to the lightweight nature of this film's story.

Over the course of that story, there's a distinctly messianic theme to Orin's adventures, the old one about the Christ-like figure promising to lead his enslaved people out of their bondage and into the promised land. Or was that Moses? Anyway, Orin and his girlfriend decide the best course of action is to escape with the sword, now reduced to a hilt for some reason. Leaving behind the relentlessly whining, mawkish blind boy and promising to be back someday, they break through into the world beyond, only to be stopped dead in their tracks by the appearance of Zygon, who it turns out is a man wearing a mask. Sadly, the girlfriend is literally stopped dead, and Orin only manages to make it away thanks to a freak cave-in.

As you can see by its keenness to do away with a sympathetic character so early on in the narrative, Starchaser has pretentions to being more adult in nature than many of its kind. Even though it's a cartoon. That kids would want to see. When Orin gets out and finally reaches the surface, he meets a few gruesome cyborgs who want to remove and use his body parts, in another aspect that suggests an uncertainty of audience. He is then saved by Han Solo, sorry, make that Dagg (Carmen Argenziano), a rogue with his own talking spaceship that Orin hitches a ride on, not that he has much choice. And so it continues, attractively animated without being a total knockout, and with a strange tendency to include mild swear words in the dialogue: "Bastards!", "Ungrateful son of a bitch!" "Sorry-ass motherfu - " oops, well, they don't quite go that far. With off colour jokes perhaps the kids of the day thought they were seeing something nearer the knuckle than, say, the latest Disney. It might be a little more distinctive because of it, but Starchaser is still the same old hackneyed story. Music by Andrew Belling.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 3038 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
  Hannah Prosser
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
  Butch Elliot
  Rachel Franke
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: