Lost in Space: Our Review of ‘Galaxy of Horrors’

Posted in Movies by - February 28, 2017
Lost in Space: Our Review of ‘Galaxy of Horrors’

A man traveling through space is awakened early in his cryogenic pod, and unfortunately we are to share the same fate as he: watch a series of middling sci-fi horror shorts without input or control.

Galaxy of Horrors is an anthology series that welcomes all the positives that come with such a framework while also staying subject to the detriments. Eight shorts are presented, loosely connected by the particular subset of horror science fiction, with a weak main story that finds a man alone in the great unknown. He is presented with all the films: it’s hard to say whether he might be better off just floating off in silence.

That is not to say that all the shorts are poor; some are while others have weight, but an anthology film is only as strong as its weakest link. And yes, that they are short films means that if you aren’t favouring one, you will be quickly on to the next. That’s hardly the kind of solace you want to embrace.

The most unsettling might be ‘Pathos,’ an Italian film that finds a pathetic figure trapped in a mechanical room. He is being controlled by a program of sorts, with a tube connecting from the ceiling into his brain that can manipulate all of his functions – for a price. This disturbing vision of the future is where stimulation comes with risk, but no one is there to really help you. Those in power are only sucking you dry. It’s grotesque and grimy, and stands out the most particularly because it has a simple point brought into stark, powerful relief.

Other films finds go bigger and more complicated, struggling to tell a story within the constraints of time and money. One deals with consciousness in creatures, and it seems the film’s grasp is beyond its reach. Another tells of the death of a president in a futuristic dystopia that mainly serves to provide gratuitous blood and nudity. There’s also a bit of torture porn in the gruesome and weird ‘Eveless,’ about childbirth.

A more curious short, though not necessarily made with the best execution, deals with a manipulative smartphone assistant named Iris.  Galaxy of Horrors is a hodgepodge at best, with some intriguing ideas and some good effects, though they are never quite found in the same story. At best they are seedlings, which isn’t that bad – they may yet grow into something terrifying.

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