Watched "The Black Hole" (1979) last night. This is a weird mish-mash of tone.
"Star Wars was a big hit! We need a big, fun, space opera hit of our own!"
"I know, let's mash up our success with '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' with 'Faust' and use astrophysical black holes as a metaphor for death, despair, and possibly being dragged down to Hell itself. THE KIDS WILL LOVE IT!"
"Needs fun Disney sidekick companions..."
"Roddy McDowell! Slim Pickens! Ernest Borgnine!"
So we need, like, a "stargate sequence", but we've got to play to the evangelicals. Also, we can that Faust thing literal. "Maximillian" sounds a LITTLE like "Mephistopheles", right...?
Also, this movie finally gives us some interesting computer graphics effects on screen. They're wireframe and monochrome green!
Technically, "Alien" had some computer graphics before this, but they were kind of texty.
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