Review

Synopsis:

Two women who have been unjustly confined to a prison planet plot their escape, all the while having to put up with lesbian guards, crazed wardens and mutant rodents.

Review:

Some space overlords land on a desert planet, looking for some crystals and find instead an Amazonian warrior named Taura (Sandy Brooke, whose boobs are always on the verge of spilling out of her corset). Taura puts up a valiant fight, but ends up captured and thrown into the “star slammer,” a penal colony full of feisty, scantily clad babes who are tortured and force fed nasty slop by the voluptuous warden (Marya Gant). Taura, being the fresh meat on the block, must go head to head with fellow top dog Mike (Susan Stokey), who quickly takes a shine to Taura, and with them as a team they go head to head against the cyborg orderlies and the warden herself, staging a great escape!

A virtual Heavy Metal comic book come to life, Fred Olen Ray’s Star Slammer is a cornball exploitation film, but at its heart is a sweet, 12 year-old boy’s daydream. The performances are a little hammy (which is to be expected), the sets and creatures have clearly been appropriated from other films (the toothy monster from The Deadly Spawn makes an appearance, for example), and old codgers like John Carradine show up for a minute to read from cue cards. The heroic score by Anthony Harris is fun, and the girls are pretty easy to look at, but most people will be bored to tears by it. If you like women in prison action movies, I suppose you could do worse.

Kino Lorber’s newly remastered in HD blu ray looks better than it has any right to look, and collectors of Rey’s work or cornball T & A space movies should add it to their collection. This release looks and sounds better than the previous DVD from Image, and the same audio commentary with director Rey was ported over to this release.



About the Author

david j. moore

david j. moore is the author of World Gone Wild: A Survivor’s Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies and the upcoming book The Good, the Tough and the Deadly: Action Movies and Stars, coming April, 2016 from Schiffer Publishing.