Special features include several great featurettes including commentary from cast and crew, interviews with Roger Corman, Robert Englund, Sid Haig and more, as well as a detailed look at the film's memorable sets and spacescapes. James Cameron lends his time to the extras as well (find out why below), along with an inside look behind the FX and soundtrack (from composer Barry Schrader). You also get the typical extras like trailers, photo/art galleries, and a peek at the original screenplay. Shout! Factory's reversible DVD cover and full color booklet with an intro from former Rue Morgue Editor-In-Chief Jovanka Vuckovic tops things off.
The film follows the crew of the starship Quest to the planet Morganthus to search for the missing crew members of the starship Remus after a crash landing. During their exploration, the team encounters further catastrophe in a mysterious pyramid where other deadly encounters await them. There's also worm rape. The cast of Galaxy of Terror is an interesting lot -- many of them achieved greater fame after Corman's film. The lineup includes: Edward Albert (The House Where Evil Dwells, The Domino Principle), Erin Moran (TV's Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi), Ray Walston (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, TV's My Favorite Martian, Picket Fences), Robert Englund (if I have to tell you who this guy is, you are probably reading the wrong website), Zalman King (Wild Orchid, TV's Red Shoe Diaries), Bernard Behrens (The Changeling, The Man With Two Brains), Grace Zabriskie (The Grudge, TV's Twin Peaks, Big Love), and cult favorite Sid Haig (The Devil's Rejects, Kill Bill - Vol 2).
Skip the jump to absorb some interesting factoids about Galaxy of Terror.
Roger Corman is notorious for giving young hopefuls their first big break. That big bad includes Avatar director James Cameron. He's credited as a Production Designer on the film, which wasn't his first with Corman believe it or not (Battle Beyond the Stars was). The famed director is apparently responsible for shooting the worm rape sequence, and came up with low-tech solutions on set -- including an electric plate which conducted a current, perfect for making maggots wriggle and squirm on queue.
Before Paxton directed the severely underrated Frailty and starred in blockbusters like Aliens (with frequent collaborator James Cameron nonetheless), he worked as a Set Decorator on Galaxy of Terror.
Worm Food, Not Sex
Before Taaffe O'Connell's character (Dameia) was ravaged by a giant worm, she was supposed to be attacked and eaten by it. The last minute change upset her -- but not because of the graphic subject matter; it was reportedly freezing cold during the shoot, and the worm slime being applied to her nude body didn't help matters.
Pick up a copy of Shout! Factory's disc of Galaxy of Terror to find out more behind the scenes info on Corman's sci-fi/horror, exploitation favorite.