The Shape of Things to Come (1979 Canada)

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The Shape of Things to Come (1979 Canada)

Post  BoG on Wed Nov 05, 2014 6:20 pm

Director: George McCowen
What's Happening: Small band of heroes must save moon colony from robot army
Famous For: Pretending to adapt H.G. Wells
Among the dumbest movies covered in this guidebook, Shape apparently aims itself at an adolescent audience but never offers the action or humor that such an audience would want. In fact, it never offers anything except cheap stuck-in-the-70s camp. Fans of such camp should watch the first 10 minutes and the final 30. The plot meanders in many confusing directions but chiefly concerns a hero, the hero's father, the babe, and a comic relief robot making their way to the distant planet where the evil robot army and their human leader are based. The low budget allowed for some decent-looking miniatures but, apparently, very little else. There are no takeoff sequences, no beam weapons, and almost no explosions until the very end. At one point, as if to excuse the lack of effects, the characters express surprise at the smoothness and silence of the Starstreak's space-warping spectrum drive. "I don't feel anything!" exclaims the babe. Neither do we.

Goldweber, David Elroy (2012-06-14). Claws & Saucers: Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Film: A Complete Guide: 1902-1982 (Kindle Locations 62849-62855). David E. Goldweber. Kindle Edition.
The costumes and sets will remind viewers of the contemporary Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers TV shows. Jack Palance hams it up as the diabolical cape-clad villain, but the script is embarrassing. At one point, the hero's father (Barry Morse from Space: 1999) attempts to tell off the villain by saying: "I want to talk to you, Omus. In person. Not just to a disembodied face. However impressive your holographic invention may be." The robots look like garbage cans with flashing lights on the top and gas hoses on the sides. The funniest sequence begins at approximately 66: 00 when the Starstreak is beset by a zero-grav "time dilation." The actors indicate their peril by spinning and grimacing around the cockpit in slow motion. It's almost worth renting the movie just to laugh at this one stupid sequence. The only likeable character is Senator Smedley, played by John Ireland of Satan's Cheerleaders. McCowan also directed the imperfect but interesting Frogs. Better sci-fi camp from 1979 can be found in The Humanoid.

Goldweber, David Elroy (2012-06-14). Claws & Saucers: Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Film: A Complete Guide: 1902-1982 (Kindle Locations 62865-62884). David E. Goldweber. Kindle Edition.
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