Battle Beyond the Stars: Seven Samurai... in spaaaaaaace!
January 19, 2013 7:28 PM Subscribe
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If you're sad that there's no Seven Samurai-inspired Star Wars movie in the foreseeable future
, or if you want to view James Cameron's first feature film special effects
, or early soundtrack work by James Horner
, look no further than Battle Beyond the Stars
(full film on YT; Wikipedia
), Roger Corman's 1980 film that was inspired by Star Wars
and Seven Samurai
(by way of The Magnificent Seven
A month after the movie was released, People magazine published an article noted that the film was Corman's most expensive to date, and credited Corman with nurturing more 'A' talent than anyone else in Hollywood
. Stomp Tokyo looked further into the cast and crew of BBTS
, and summarized the movie, too.
Beyond providing breaks for both Cameron and Horner in this film, Battle Beyond the Stars brought together Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd
, who would go on to respectively write and produce Terminator
. The couple were married between movies
, and though their marriage didn't last, they continued to work together on films.
Corman was never one to waste resources, and reused some of the spacecraft in his 1983 film Space Raiders
(YT playlist; Wikipedia
) and a few other super-low budget films. But a more impressive "adaptive reuse credit" comes from some have said that Battle Beyond the Stars
probably influenced the Star Control series of video games
, noting the "themes and the matching of disparate races and ships are quite similar to those depicted in the film.
Bonus timesink: Battle Beyond the Stars on TV Tropes