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Starship Invasions (1977)

PG | | Sci-Fi | 14 October 1977 (USA)
An advance team from a dying, far-off civilization seeks a new world to conquer and inhabit -- Earth.


Ed Hunt


Ed Hunt




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Vaughn ... Prof. Allan Duncan
Christopher Lee ... Capt. Rameses
Daniel Pilon ... Anaxi
Tiiu Leek ... Phi
Helen Shaver ... Betty Duncan
Henry Ramer ... Malcolm
Victoria Johnson Victoria Johnson ... Gazeth
Doreen Lipson Doreen Lipson ... Dorothy
Kate Parr Kate Parr ... Diane Duncan
Sherri Ross Sherri Ross ... Sagnac
Linda Rennhofer Linda Rennhofer ... Joan
Richard Fitzpatrick ... Joe
Ted Turner Ted Turner ... Zhender
Sean McCann ... Carl
Bob Warner Bob Warner ... Air Force General


Captain Rameses and his Legion of the Winged Serpent brigade are out to claim Earth for their dying race. Out to save Earth is an alien guard patrol located in the Bermuda Triangle, the League of Races. LOR leaders warn Rameses that he's breaking galactic treaty rules. The alien villain responds by launching an invasion which telepathically drives Earthlings to suicide. The LOR implore UFO expert Professor Duncan to help them. Eventually, the two alien forces battle. Will the Earth be saved? Written by Paul White <pdwhite@ibm.net>

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We know they are there - advanced beyond our imagination. Why have they come?




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The film had to be re-titled twice. It originally was titled "War of the Aliens," which closely resembled the blockbuster Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). The title was then changed to "Alien Encounter," which resembled the blockbuster Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). See more »


Captain Rameses clearly leaves two members of the Legion in the control center of the underwater base, but when the android attacks there is only one. See more »


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Cheesy encounters of the ludicrous kind!
21 February 2015 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"Oh boy, a real flying saucer!" is what a little boys shouts when he and his parents are confronted with a mysterious space ship circling above their car on a secluded countryside road. I definitely shared his enthusiasm, because I truly worship cinematic B-trash like this, and my only regret was that I wasn't yet drunk enough when I watched "Starship Invasions". Although a low-keyed crossover between the hugely successful "Star Wars" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", this piece of junk has quite a lot to offer. For example, it stars Christopher Lee in the most ridiculous and embarrassing outfit of his long and respectable career, hypnotizing aliens speaking without moving their lips, alien base camps underneath sea level, loads of sexy space wenches, authentic R2D2 robots (oh no, they're not men in suits AT ALL) and goofy intelligent beings with gigantic bald heads and miniature ears. I'm not at all sure what the plot is about, but it sure is incoherent and totally messed up. There are alien invaders trying to overtake planet earth, but at the same time these crazy beings are at war with other extraterrestrial species. I can't really say why because I always got distracted by random alien babes in too tight spandex costumes. Presumably the big bald aliens are here to protect us humans from the nefarious Christopher Lee and his posse. Meanwhile, Robert Vaughn stars as a professor who takes himself deadly serious and appears on TV talk shows in order to persuade the world about the existence of interstellar civilizations. Okay, "Starship Invasions" comes across as cheesy and campy, but admittedly it's also dark and sinister at times, especially when it turns out that the evil aliens are able to make earthlings commit ritual suicide through their telekinetic powers. Once you're done laughing with Vaughn's nihilistic facial expressions and Lee's stoic voiceovers the film does become very boring, though. The special effects are astonishingly decent for a low- budget Canadian exploitation flick like this. Particularly the UFO models are nifty, albeit prototypic, and even when floating around they don't look that stupid. With a slightly more coherent script and competent direction, and maybe also with less urge to imitate other and more successful Sci-Fi titles, I'm convinced that "Starship Invasions" could have been a better movie. Now it's merely a curious footnote in the genre and a reasonably interesting flick for cult-collectors. Writer/director Ed Hunt was also responsible for two favorite 80s guilty pleasure of mine, namely "Bloody Birthday" and "The Brain".

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14 October 1977 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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CAD2,150,000 (estimated)
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