Star Wars Droppings: Space Raiders (1983)

Space Raiders AKA Star Child was directed by Howard R. Cohen (Saturday the 14thSaturday the 14th Strikes Back and the scripts for Unholy RollersDeathstalkerStrykerBarbarian Queen and The Young Nurses) and produced by Roger Corman as part of his new Millennium’s films, where he also produced Love Letters, Screwballs, and Suburbia.

If you think you’ve seen the spaceships and special effects and heard the James Horner music before, it’s all taken from two other Corman films: Battle Beyond the Stars and Humanoids from the Deep

Captain C.F. “Hawk” Hawkens (Vince Edwards, TV’s Ben Casey) is a space pirate who was once in the Space Service, hired to steal a freighter from The Company. A ten-year-old boy named Peter (David Mendenhall, Over the Top) — annoying us in a Battlestar Galactica Boxey sort of way — stows away with the pirates and goes on adventures with them.

Luca Bercovici, the director of Rockula and Ghoulies, appears in this film as Ace. Dick Miller shows up and that’s always a welcome thing. And hey that’s William Boyett — Sergeant William MacDonald from Adam-12.

Not content to rip off only Star Wars, the end of this movie 100% comes from Shane. So there’s that. I’ve never understood why people loved putting annoying kids into science fiction films (“Boxey Syndrome”) in the hopes that kids would find someone to identify with, when all we wanted was to be the adults. Oh well. But at least we got the chance to speak Howard R. Cohen’s and Sylvester Stallone’s names in the same sentence.

You can watch this for free on Amazon Prime.

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