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Horror and Sci-Fi Collide in 1978's
Horror and Sci-Fi Collide in 1978's
|Take THAT, Star Wars!|
Laserblast is a cheaply made and often boring movie. It is full of long meandering shots that any normal movie would have edited out. For instance, the movie will show you an establishing shot of a car driving down the road, then it will cut to the inside of the car where two people are having a conversation while driving. So far so good. then, after about two lines of dialogue, it cuts back to the establishing shot of the car driving down the road, holds there for about a minute, then returns back to the interior of the car of two more lines of dialogue. Then it's back to the establishing shot again, and the process is repeated until the conversation is over. A scene that would take less than a minute in any other movie, is drawn out to five minutes here. The whole movie is edited this way, and it can be very frustrating to watch. It seems like the filmmakers shot a 30 minute short subject, and then through the miracles of really bad editing, and pointlessly long takes, stretched it out to feature length.
|Billy Shows Off His Mutated Teeth|
Once you get past the bad editing and long takes, there is a story of sorts. The protagonist is Billy, a shirtless 1970s teen dude who finds an alien laser gun, and an alien necklace, in the desert. Then at night the necklace takes over his mind and turns him into some kind of Jekyll and Hyde type, and he goes around blowing people and things up with the laser gun.
|In the '70s it was considered bad manners to button up your shirt.|
One thing Laserblast does not skimp on is explosions. There is fireball after exploding fireball in this move, as cars, planes, buildings, pinball machines, phone booths, and whatever else Billy gets his sights on all go up in flames. Throw in some town bullies, an inept police force, a mysterious government agent hot on Billy's trail, a couple of stop-motion animated aliens, and a brief appearance by Roddy McDowall as the town doctor, and you've got yourself a movie. A good movie? No. But definitely a movie of some sort.
|Roddy McDowall Intently Examines the Alien Artifact He Removed From Billy's Chest|
The acting is universally bad, but in that grade Z movie way, where the bad acting actually becomes kind of entertaining. Roddy McDowall gives a good performance, I suppose, but he's only on the screen for about two minutes. Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith has a more substantial role as Billy's girlfriend. The actress has a strong cult following from her appearance in "Caged Heat" and other exploitation films, but really doesn't make much of an impression here.
|The Aliens Attack|
The film does have some decent special effects. The stop-motion animation aliens are pretty well done, and Billy's "Alien Mr. Hyde" makeup is goofy, but fun. Overall, the film is fairly entertaining despite it's flaws, and is worth watching for fans of bad movies.
|Billy Goofs Around With His New Toy|
More screencaps after the jump...
|I Hope You Like Looking at this Desert Landscape, Because the Camera is Going to Hold on it for, Like, Two Minutes While Someone Slowly Walks Across It|
|Spacecraft Over the Desert|
|Billy Gets Out of Bed by Falling on the Floor|
|If You Like Watching a Van Slowly Drive Around Town, Then Boy, Do I Have a Movie for You|
|It's Illegal to Have Giant Footprints on Your Van, Son. I'm Going to Have to Write You a Ticket|
|James Franco and Seth Rogan|
|The Town Bullies. And No, I'm Not Joking.|
|Billy Finds a Space Laser on the Ground|
|Secret... AGENT MAN!|
|Inside the Alien Spacecraft|
|Billy Beats Off Two Rapists With a Tennis Racket|
|Billy Has a Weird Dream|
|The First of Many Exploding Cars|
|Billy's Space Pimple|
|Roddy McDowall Intently Examines the Large Piece of Metal Embedded in Billy's Chest|
|Roddy McDowall Intently Examines a Syringe|
|Roddy McDowall Intently Examines a Pair of Forceps|
|Fingering Billy's Mysterious Orifice|
|Time to Get Laserblasted!|
|Another Burning Car|
|Car on Fire|
|Aliens Watch Burning Car on Their Space TV|
|Billy Pulls the Trigger|
|Yet Another Burning Car|
|The Aliens Watch the Burning Car|
|The Uncredible Hulk|
|Rainbeaux Smith Cries Over Billy's Body While Wearing a Girl Scout Uniform|