StarCrash (AKA: The Adventures of StellaStar) [Italy, 1978]
A couple of smugglers pick up a mysterious castaway - the only survivor of a mission to destroy a super-weapon designed by the evil Count Zartram.
Released one year after EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE, Luigi Cozzi (HERCULES/DEMONS 6) proves imitation is the sincerest form of flattery with arguably the best of the Star Wars knock-offs. Former child evangelist Marjoe Gortner heads up a cast that includes Caroline Munro (SLAUGHTER HIGH/MANIAC), Joe Spinnel (FORBIDDEN ZONE/MANIAC/THE 9TH CONFIGURATION), Christopher Plummer (12 MONKEYS/ROCK-A-DOODLE), and David Hasselhoff (BAYWATCH/BEING A JOKE ON THE INTERNET). You'll be taken by the costumes, sets, and dazzling special effects before you even have a chance to say "I have a bad feeling about this."
(Look for our review of StarCrash on an upcoming episode of Junk Food Dinner!)
Ice Cream Man [USA, 1994]
After being released from the Wishing Well Sanatorium, Gregory wants only to ensure happy days for the children of his community. TOO BAD HE'S CRAZY!
Clint Howard is the titular Ice Cream Man in Paul Norman's (EDWARD PENISHANDS) only non-porn movie (of his 20 year career!) from 1994. The cast is rounded out by Lee Majors II, David Warner (TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II, TRON), David Naughton (AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON), Sandahl Bergman (CONAN, RED SONJA), Steve Garvey (San Diego Padres), and a bunch of horrible kids. Not for the faint of heart.
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