One of the great things about Star Wars is the way it took corny clichés from the golden era of science fiction pulps – stuff like Flash Gordon or The Lensman series – and gave them new life in a film that looks amazing and feels epic.
But there’s a thin line between awesome and awful as you’re about to discover with these knockoffs made to cash in on the Star Wars craze.
1. Starcrash (1978)
I believe that StarCrash is an artifact from a parallel bizarro universe where everything is opposite. How else to explain a space opera about a noble Empire threatened by the evil Rebels where a gorgeous space smuggler played by Caroline Munro saves prince David Hasselhoff?
StarCrash is a gift that keeps on giving. Just when you think it couldn’t get any more insane, out of nowhere comes a giant toy space station shaped like a claw or the benevolent Emperor Christopher Plummer.