Thursday, April 27, 2006
Released in 1979 and Directed by Aldo Lado, The Humanoid was one of just many films to cash in on the success of Star Wars. The film stars Richard Kiel, Jaws from The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker as the Humanoid of the films title. Also starring Barbara Bach, also from The Spy Who Loved Me, Arthur Kennedy, Leonard Mann, Corrine Clery and Ivan Rassimov.
The Star Wars similarities are far too numerous to name, but a main villian with a black outfit and Vader-esque helmet, a desert planet with floating vehicles, cute robotic characters are just a few off the top of my head, but as you can see from the pics attached there are many others.
The music for the movie is by Ennio Morricone of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly fame. Visual Fx work was done by Armando Valcauda, Paolo Zeccaro of Starcrash fame, and by Spanish FX genius Emilio Ruiz del Rio who did the spectacular foreground miniatures for Conan the Barbarian, Dune, Red Sonja. http://tinyurl.com/mcl3o
I have a love for cheesy Sci-Fi films, they're just so much fun, they seem even better when they're Italian like The Humanoid or Starcrash !