Laserblast (1978)

Laserblast (1978) movie poster

director  Michael Rae
viewed: 03/21/2018

Laserblast is a blast. If you like cheap sci-fi and stop motion animation. As I do.

It’s a parable about irresponsible gun ownership. When a laser blaster falls into the hands of a young man, he gleefully blows stuff up. Until the blaster and medallion start to transform his mind and body and turn him into a laser-blasting miscreant. Irresponsible aliens who left these items on Earth have to return to retrieve said blaster and set things straight.

Well, at least the pyrotechnics consultant had fun.

The movie really has it out for Star Wars. Blowing up a billboard and this line from the cops:

“The kid’s nuts. He’s seen Star Wars five times.”

At times it falls into the pacing and narrative logic of a Doris Wishman nudist flick.

Disaffected youth and powerful weaponry do not mix well.

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