Galaxina (1980)

Galaxina (1980)

“I’m better than a human woman.”

An intergalactic policeman (Steven Macht) on board a spaceship with an inept boss named Captain Butt (Avery Schreiber) falls in love with a beautiful android-servant (Dorothy Stratten) who reprograms herself to become more human-like for Macht — but will the crew survive a battle with aliens for the desirable “Blue Star” crystal?

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Androids and Clones
  • Satires and Spoofs
  • Science Fiction
  • Space Opera

Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary writes, “the ill-fated Dorothy Stratten moved from Playboy ‘Playmate of the Year’ into the title role of this insipid, low-budget sci-fi film”:

… a “truly boring sci-fi parody (it is also a parody of westerns) with limp humor and uninteresting direction by William Sachs (who also wrote the script).” Peary notes that “the most offensive scene is set in an outer-space [‘human’] café that has women’s heads mounted on walls:

… and such dishes as poached legs on toast and fruit of the womb”.

He adds that the “picture has a cult because of Stratten’s appearance” but it’s doubtful most modern film fanatics will even have heard of Stratten, let alone be curious to see her in this tediously awful film. Definitely feel free to skip it.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Some interesting cinematography

Must See?
Uh… No. Despite its cult status, you can definitely skip this one.


3 thoughts on “Galaxina (1980)

  1. ⭐️⭐️

    I have a soft spot for this one. It’s certainly no world beater but there’s plenty of funny stuff here; love the grumpy rock eater for instance and the way every time “The Blue Star” is said a choir is heard – leading to the Darth Vader pisstake character to comment “What is this shit!?”. Avery Schreiber is also good value as Galaxina’s captain. There are two edits: the butchered 83 minute US theatrical version and the full 95 minute international edit. I’ve seen the latter only.

  2. First (and last) viewing. PAINFUL!!!

    Sophomoric comedy has its place but it still has to work on some level. That level ain’t here. This is just plain bad. I imagine the producers had the idea of making back their investment via midnight-movie, pot-smoking audiences (probably their only hope).

    The few jokes that work (and they are very few) can’t compensate for the rest of a full-length feature that is as dull as it is wit-free.

    Wikipedia explains some of the film’s production problems (which led to continuity trouble, etc.) – and it also informs us that the film won the Audience Award at the 1983 Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (!). I wonder what they smoke at midnight in Brussels.

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