Loner teenager Billy Duncan stumbles across a lost alien ray gun while wandering the desert one day. Billy uses the destructive weapon to get revenge on his enemies, but quickly finds himself beginning to turn into a violent, alien creature who destroys anyone who offends him.
Laserblast tells the story of Billy Duncan. Despite having the looks of a cool surfer dude and a sweet van with tunes to match, Billy gets repeatedly shit on by everyone he knows. In the beginning of the film, he catches his mother sneaking out of the house, leaving for a vacation to Acapulco without telling him. Just within the first ten minutes of the film, we see Billy getting yelled at by his girlfriend’s senile grandfather, teased by two local bullies, and harassed by the local redneck police.
why laserblast is a masterpiece of bad cinema
i won't waste time explaining why laserblast is a terrible film. all the other reviews have covered that subject well enough, and they are ALL right... but i will tell you why i love laserblast... it's an allegory, based on the fact that absolute power corrupts absolutely. young Billy Duncan accidentally stumbles across a piece of alien technology- a laser-cannon- and slowly devolves into a mutant killer. the best scene in the movie is when he finds the weapon-- his confusion and tentative exploration of the device... and once he picks up the power-pack that drives the weapon, his thrill of discovery is overwhelming. just look at the gleam in his eyes when he discovers what he can do. (and wouldn't you do the same if you found something like that?) so the movie sucks, but the overall story carries a very real and poignant message. the stop-motion alien effects are another high-point. i say laserblast is a masterpiece of bad cinema, because if it were to be remade by more talented film makers, the story would be just as relevant today. look what happens when perfect killing-power is placed into the wrong hands
Classic B-movie cheese
I remember seeing this movie when I was a little girl, on late night TV with Fritz the Night Owl. At the time, it confused me, but as I saw it again recently, I was really surprised on how inane the movie is, but in a good way. There's really no plot, other than to kill things, and you really can't sympathize with any of the characters, but the whole movie takes itself so seriously you can't help but laugh at the whole thing. As far as 70's B-movies go, this is one of the best. The one good thing I can say about the movie is it's originality. You really hadn't seen any movie like it, unless you can maybe mix Halloween with Alien, but even that would be a stretch. So bad acting, no plot, horrible effects, but with an original storyline. This is the stuff of Ed Wood. And that's why Laserblast is a classic.
The Drive-In era
This may be the ultimate late-70's drive-in movie. I saw it at the Silver Moon Drive-In in Lakeland Florida with an indecipherable Japanese space opera when it was released. That was the roll of the dice on any given weekend back then. You'd catch a pair of low-budget sci-fi or horror films at the drive-in and hope that at least one of them was watchable. Laserblast had been promoted in Fantastic Films, Starlog and several other sci-fi rags that I read religiously back then and I was psyched by the time it came out. It starred the late Kim Milford of the Jeff Beck Group, who really had a certain 70's B-movie panache. Between turning green and using the Laserblaster in this film and driving the extremely cool Trans Am with Formula scoops in Corvette Summer, Kim forever earned himself a place in the Drive-In pantheon. Just the classic scene where Billy Duncan (Kim's character) shoots a Star Wars billboard makes Laserblast worth the rental (if you can find someplace that stocks it). Bad cinema at its best. Double it up with Galaxina, Starcrash, Galaxy Of Terror or your favorite B-movie of the era and enjoy the trip back in time.
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