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.

One thought on “Star Wars Droppings: Space Raiders (1983)

  1. Yeah according to that Shout series, it was all Julie Corman’s inane contribution, to use the still-standing sets and props from the higher profile ‘adult’ film, adding a kid and making it a “G” family movie. (ala that one using Sorceress / Deathstalker 2 sets, with the giant snowman / albino Chewbacca sidekick (I won’t besmirch the site with the title, also i forgot). Hacks and moms I guess, have the idea that kids only identify with kids in movies when in point of fact we hated them then and we hate them now. We wanted to be Han Solo, not Luke (Imagine how noneventful Star Wars would have been had Luke been an irritating moppet). I never heard of “Boxey Syndrome” though. And Google hasn’t either. Please elaborate..

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