The Black Hole (USA, 1979)
Directed by Gary Nelson
Starring Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Ernest Borgnine
In the aftermath of Star Wars, a slew of films in the sci-fi and fantasy genres attempted to emulate the film's success. Many of these films had similar, if not larger budgets than Star Wars, but only a fraction of the special effects or the storytelling capability. The Black Hole is one of the more watchable efforts of this period, containing plenty of ambition but ultimately being stymied by its silly flaws and perplexing ending.
Logan's Run, and some of the later shots of the black hole itself look like they were done with marbling kits, a la Flash Gordon.
The Stepford Wives and the Robo-Men from Daleks: Invasion Earth AD2150, while the chief robot Maximilian nods towards Forbidden Planet, which retold The Tempest in space.
Event Horizon, which used its plot to explore ideas of guilt and the supernatural.
Ernest Borgnine who makes the best of a tiny role. It's not going to challenge the status of Star Wars any time soon, but for whiling away a rainy afternoon, it's just about okay.
For those interested in the post-Star Wars wave of fantasy films, I would start with Nash Bozard of Radio Dead Air and his new series, 'Here There Be Dragons'. The first episode, on Dragonslayer (1981), can be watched here.
My tribute to Ernest Borgnine, in which I recommended this film for his performance, can be read here.