Jean Philippe Ferre
Trapped in a damaged and failing cryogenic pod, a man is forced to watch a series of horrific science fiction tales before his life support systems run out.
Going into Galaxy Of Horrors, I was pretty excited to watch it. I'm a firm believer that us horror fans don't get enough horror movie anthologies. So when I first learned that Galaxy Of Horrors was a horror anthology movie that blended both science fiction and horror. I was ready to see what nasty little short films they could come up with as the possibilities seemed endless. In space, no one can hear you scream, and I was hoping for some solid space horror.
One of the most important things in a horror movie anthology are those wraparound segments. I think for the movie to be somewhat successful, you need the short films to be connected by some form of story and Galaxy Of Horrors does a pretty neat job of connecting all the segments. The fact that our main character is slowly dying in a cryogenic pod while having to be subjected to horrific videos and images worked well. It added its own element of horror.
EDEN: The first segment, Eden comes flying out of the gate. We see an Earth that is covered in a poisonous gas, warring factions, political parties and hordes of infected zombies. While the short film is a fast-paced and at times bloody affair, it feels a tad all over the place. The segment has so much packed into such a short amount of time that it could've been stretched out into a feature film and it probably would've faired a lot better. As a short, it feels overstuffed and underwhelming.
IRIS: The second short film is my second favourite segment in Galaxy Of Horrors. It's a simple story of a serial killer burying a woman's body in the woods. Only the horrific twist is that his phone's intelligent assistant 'Iris' has been watching his every move. With a character who shows no remorse for his evil crimes, it may be a piece of A.I. that has a conscience and starts to dish out its own brand of justice. While slower in comparison to Eden, this is a much more clever and savvy little short. The karma filled ending is a cheer worthy moment.
FLESH COMPUTER: The third segment of Galaxy Of Horror is the prime example of style over substance. For me, this was all about the visuals on display. With imagery that felt so reminiscent of David Cronenberg with the flesh computer to a nice scene involving a fly being crushed by a hand in close up, slow motion was neat. While the CGI is pretty underwhelming, I did enjoy what they tried to do on a budget they had. Light on story but heavy on the visuals.
PATHOS: This is my favourite of all eight segments. Pathos is easily the most visually striking of the lot and has the most interesting and intense of all the stories. The time bomb waiting to happen in terms of pace. I think my favourite aspect of this segment is that it feels like the brainchild of visionary director Jean-Pierre Jeunet who directed the great Delicatessen, City Of Lost Children, Amelie, Alien: Resurrection and A Very Long Engagement. Just a visual feast for the senses.
EVELESS: The shortest of all segments packs one of the mightiest punches. A short about a world where women no longer exist and two men are trying to create one. It's one part Children Of Men with the futuristic vision that I'd expect from director Vincenzo Natali. While not heavy on visuals, this is a dark, bleak and visceral little segment with one of the most gruesome looking C-Section scenes I think I've seen since the French shocker Inside.
THEY WILL ALL DIE IN SPACE: On my first viewing of this segment, this was my least favourite and least memorable of the lot. I had to rewatch it again before I did my review as I didn't remember much about this segment. On second viewing, this was a lot more horrific than I remembered. The grandest in terms of scope delivers one of the nastiest little reveals of what happens when you run out of food on an adrift spaceship. An enjoyable segment where less is more.
ENTITY: When a female astronaut is ejected from her vessel after it blows up in deep space. She is left to drift through the vast darkness of space. What starts out as eerie isolation becomes more sinister as she comes into contact with something evil. This is another short that is simply gorgeous to watch. Planets, black holes and big bursts of bright colours make this a beautiful segment to witness. When it comes to the story though, it left little to be desired.
KINGZ: The final segment Kingz is one of the more high-octane and action-packed segments. While the short has a lot of violence and some solid gore, it left me cold. The characters in the short left little to be desired and the final few seconds with the alien creature reveal felt a little lacklustre. Like the first segment Eden, this is so fast-paced and opens and closes the anthology with a bang, but it all feels bookended with the least ambitious of the segments.
DEATH TOLL: 16
BLOOD AND GORE:
- A soldier is shot in the eye.
- Two news anchors shoot themselves in the head on live TV.
- A naked woman vomits up blood all over a group of doctors and walls.
- Soldiers are eaten by a zombie.
- An alien creature bursts out of a man's body.
- Someone is repeatedly sliced with blades.
- A drone drills into a man's skull.
- A man has a C-Section, and a baby removed.
- Someone has a hole punched through their chest.
- Someone's neck is snapped when hit with a shotgun.
- A man is stabbed in the neck with a knife.
- A man is stabbed in the chest with a screwdriver.
- A man has his fingers severed when someone stomps on them.
- A man falls off a cliff and smashed his head against a rock.
- A computer's laser dissolves a full grown man.
- A man is disconnected from a computer and dies.
- A man is killed with a shotgun blast to the skull.
- An infected man blows himself and a soldier up.
- The president is shot in the head by a small child.
- A man is seen dragging a dead body through the forest.
Galaxy Of Horrors is an enjoyable horror movie anthology for the most part. I found that Pathos, Eveless and Iris were the standout segments for me. Kingz, Eden and Flesh Computer were my least favourite of the segments. They Will All Die In Space and Entity both showed promise but had their flaws. Each segment in this anthology has positives and negatives. Still, for an hour and forty minutes, you could do worse than this anthology.