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Hyperspace (1984)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Comedy | September 1984 (USA)
Because of a small navigation mistake Lord Buckethead lands on earth instead of "in a galaxy far, far away". But he is still looking for the princess and the secret transmissions.

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Todd Durham

Writers:

Todd Durham (created by), Todd Durham
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Marx Alan Marx ... Max
Paula Poundstone ... Karen
Chris Elliott ... Hopper
Robert Bloodworth Robert Bloodworth ... Lord Buckethead
R.C. Nanney R.C. Nanney ... Chester / Captain Starfighter
Lisa Huss Lisa Huss ... Alien
Gordon Petersen Gordon Petersen ... Alien
Susan Gellner Susan Gellner ... Alien
Lane Davidson Lane Davidson ... Alien
Joy Laurens Joy Laurens ... Alien
John Davis John Davis ... Alien
Dave Hager ... Chief Norman (as David Hager)
Barry Cooper Barry Cooper ... Lord Buckethead (voice)
Kevin O'Reilly Kevin O'Reilly ... Father Cleary
Fred Stevenson Fred Stevenson ... Colonel Lax
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Because of a small navigation mistake Lord Buckethead lands on earth instead of "in a galaxy far, far away". But he is still looking for the princess and the secret transmissions.

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They're Just Out of This World. See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Comedy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gremlords See more »

Filming Locations:

Shelby, North Carolina, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Regency Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This is composer Don Davis' first full-length feature work. See more »

Quotes

Hopper: [Noise from ship] What's that?
Lord Buckethead: Oh, nothing. Death ray's fixed...
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References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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Possibly the worst film ever made (and I LOVE it!)
5 October 2017 | by bowmanblueSee all my reviews

So, I've already mentioned that this is possibly the greatest film ever made, so I really ought to do my best to justify exactly why I think a low budget 'Star Wars' parody is so good. Even though I know deep down that it's terrible.

First of all, I was seven when this film came out only a year after George Lucas had released Return of the Jedi. Therefore me (and every other boy of the eighties) was heavily into our 'holiest of trilogies.' And, I believe this was before 'Spaceballs' came out, so 'Gremloids' (or 'Hyperspace' if you're not from the UK) was just about the first time I'd ever seen Star Wars sent up (in anything other than brief TV sketches).

It's about a Darth Vader wannabe 'Lord Buckethead' (who you'll have to see to understand exactly why that name is so fitting!) who is in pursuit of the leader of the rebels (who just so happens to be a beautiful space princess) because she's gone and nicked a bunch of top secret plans from him. Now, I'm sure you'll probably agree that this all sounds very familiar. However, from then on it does veer off from what you might expect a Star Wars parody to be like. For a start, our evil villain is not exactly hot on her trail. Instead, he's ended up on Earth in some small American town. Therefore, the rest of the film is a case of mistaken (planetary) identity with Bucketbrains chasing around a hapless receptionist, rent-a-kill guy and their vacuum cleaner (Bucketbonse thinks the Hoover is a 'droid!').

Now, the best thing about 'Gremloids' is that it's bad. No, make that EXTREMELY bad. The special effects are so bad that they're actually referenced as such more than once during the movie. Then there's the acting. I don't think they hired any professional actors for the lead roles (I think I saw one guy in 'Groundhog Day' but that was about it!). In fact, I think most student film-makers could make a more believable alien invasion movie than this. And yet I still say it's brilliant. There's just something weirdly amazing about the whole thing. I almost can't place why it's so great. I guess it's because the film-makers knew that they weren't exactly making a 'real' sci-fi epic, such as the source material that it's based on and just played to the film's strength, which is a script that is truly funny and a situation that is so daft it just works.

There are times when you see a film with great actors, a massive budget, a well-known writer and director behind the scenes... and the film turns out to be rubbish. Everything SHOULD work and yet it doesn't. Here nothing should work and yet it does. I would even go as far as to say that the speederbike... sorry SHOPPING TROLLEY chase could well be the worst special effects ever committed to film... and yet I still laugh every time I see it. I've watched this movie so many times now I practically know the script off by heart. I'd like nothing more than to recommend it, yet I know deep down that it has a very 'limited' appeal. If, like me, you enjoy 'so-bad-they're-good' films, plus love 'Star Wars' and cheesy eighties B-movies, then you may just get something out of this. Otherwise, I can see many people watching the first ten minutes and claiming that this is the 'worst film ever made' (and I can see where they're coming from in a strange sort of way!).


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