For fun in anticipation of the upcoming Star Wars film (which, as it is not controlled by Lucas could qualify as a “rip off”), what are your favorite STAR WARS rip-offs from the good old days when a rip-off was clearly a rip off?
Here are a few selections I remember, starting with the most blatant and awesomely awful:
The “Italian” Star Wars
MESSAGE FROM SPACE
The “Japanese” Star Wars
Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saved the World)
Better known as the “absolutely insane Turkish Star Wars” it actually begins with the destruction of the Death Star in the first scene and uses actual shots stolen from STAR WARS!!
THE BLACK HOLE
The “Disney” Star Wars (before, y’know, Disney bought Star Wars)
And a few “controversial” entries, but you have to admit that (come on!) these were meant to be STAR WARS rip-offs:
Finally, my choice for BEST Star Wars Rip-Off of All Time is brought to you by Roger Corman (director), John Sayles (screenplay), James Cameron (production designer and special effects) and James Horner (music)
BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS
The “Seven Samurai” Star Wars