My Wednesday crappy film watch continues this week and it’s from one of my favorite companies, Disney.
In 1979, like everyone else, was wanting to capitalize on the success of Star Wars. Space-based sci-fi/fantasy films were “all the rage” at the time. Heck, even James Bond was made into a space movie just because they wanted to cash in on Lucas’ ingenuity. That doesn’t mean they were all any good. I love Disney. Love them. But, this was a real clunker. It’s called The Black Hole (1979) and stars Maximilian Schell, Ernest Borgnine, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Slim Pickens and Roddy McDowall (the last two were just voices).
I don’t know what year it’s supposed to be, but it’s in the future and some space explorers are coming back to Earth but see a massive black hole with a ship dangling out near it but not getting sucked in. They investigate and some mad dude killed his entire crew and is wanting to go into the hole. The other crew buy into some of it and not all of it. Blah blah blah. I really don’t know what the full gist of it all is but it’s really sucky. Somehow they end up in hell or something, It makes little sense.
Other than trying to capitalize on the fad, I don’t know why Disney put their money into this. The storyline is decent, but not very plausible. For 1979 the special effects were pretty good, but then again, it was Disney Dollars going into it. The storyline really does make sense I just don’t know what to say about it. It’s an okay flick, I guess. You’d think that with a cast like this it would have been better, but I believe it was thrown together in haste.
I remember seeing it in my Junior High gymnasium in 7th or 8th grade. I was probably more interested in hanging out with some girl or my friends than watching this film. I’m not even going to look up the Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb scores. Just watch it, or don’t. That would probably be the better advice on it. Okay, I’m out. Sorry if this was disjointed, I was busy today!
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
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