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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Battle Beyond the Stars” (1980)

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There are all kinds of bad movies. There’s the bad ones that are so bad as to be simply unwatchable - pretty much anything by Andy Warhol, for instance - and then there’s the bad ones of no particular distinction that are simply forgotten - “Starship Invasions” staring Robert Vaughn comes to mind. There are movies that get the rep of being terrible, but actually aren’t that bad - “The Giant Gila Monster” is all kinds of dumb, for instance, but there’s an earnest sweetness to it people overlook.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Battle Beyond The Sun” (1962)

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I always loved foreign films. I mean, I always loved crappy American SF films of course, but I always loved crappy foreign SF films a bit more. They were a treat - a tiny glimpse into a future that was no more plausible than the crap we were churning out, but it was implausible in a different way. It was still crap, mind you, but it was a different ethos of crap. No better, generally, but a nice refrain from Japanese rubber suit monsters and endless cardboard spaceships in the desert and insects-on-HO-Scale-Trainsets giant monster flicks.

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