The annoying thing about B.D Clark's 1981 Alien wannabe is that it's a waste of $4.5 million budget with his direction, and using the script that was written.
Produced by Roger Corman's New World Production's it's easy to imagine just how this 81 minute film might have turned out in the right hands. In the same year that he directed his first feature Piranha II: Flying Killers, James Cameron was Unit Director and Concept Artist/FX Crew on Galaxy of Terror, although given directorial credit on Piranha II most of the work was said to have been done by Ovidio G. Assonitis who edited the movie whilst Cameron was locked out of the studio. Cameron went on to prove himself as a director with 1984's The Terminator and Aliens in 1986.
Looking at Galaxy of Terror from purely a visual standpoint it's easy to see Cameron's influence on the design aesthetic, the production has very strong set design and FX design for such a low budget film. The bridge of the rescue ship is a pretty big set and the corridor sections of the ship have a hint of Alien and of the later Aliens about them.
Cameron also does a good job at capturing a Giger-esque style for the main pyramid and it's interior, but this stuff is almost too good for such a crap plot.
Helping with the visual FX work on Galaxy of Terror were Robert and Dennis Skotak who went on to work with Cameron on Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2 and Titanic.
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