YMMV / Starcrash

  • Accidental Innuendo: "It's so nice to be turned on again."
  • Ass Pull:
    • "Imperial battleship! Halt... the flow of time!"
    • Really, just...everything about Akton and his "abilities." The movie kills him off because he would solve the big climax in seconds.
    • Elle the robot turning up whole and unharmed after being smashed to pieces by cavemen. Putting a robot back together isn't normally an asspull, but it is when his pieces were left behind on an exploding planet, and the only way the other characters escaped was by breaking time.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • Thor and Elle follow Stella and Akton's "friction trail" through space.
    • The soldier torpedoes, which work by crashing through the windows of the Count's space station so a couple of soldiers can hop out. This has no effect on the atmosphere inside the space station.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Elle the robot. He's a super-competent badass who saves the day several times, and has a likeable personality and a fun (if completely out of place) Texas accent.
  • Ham and Cheese: Christopher Plummer is deliciously hammy. He proudly said he only did the film for the chance to vacation in Rome, even noting that he'd do porn if a trip to Rome was involved.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: The Emperor and the Count? VOLTA... I MEAN ZOLTAAAAAAAAAAAAN!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Swords made of lasers? That is so obviously ripped off from Star Wars. But, then a character shows up with a laser beam coming out of, what appears to be, a ring on his finger, which seems like anticipating Mel Brooks' Spaceballs.
  • Narm: Thor's death: "These deadly rays will be your death!" Also, pretty much anything the Emperor of the Galaxy says.
  • Padding: The loooong, sloooow shots of spaceships flying through space. Especially during the climax, which consists of many more loooong, sloooow shots of spaceships launching from the Emperor's Space City, which is even more ludicrous considering how quickly they get their butts kicked.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Hamilton Camp voices Elle, over a decade before he'd voice robotic fowl Gizmoduck.
  • Robosexual: Elle the robot and the heroine Stella Starr have far, far more chemistry and emotion between them than any other characters in the film.
  • So Bad, It's Good: You really have to admire the amount of Ham and Cheese this whole movie contains. It's glorious. It's even better with the botched English dub.
  • Special Effect Failure: Like Star Wars, the first minute or so of the film consists of shots of a giant spaceship. Unlike Star Wars, the spaceship looks like it's made of Lego (you can actually see they used model-car runners pasted *intact* on the ship sides) and space looks like it's full of Christmas lights. Later, during the space battles, you can see the strings the ships are moving on (and don't worry if you miss them the first time: the scenes are reused). Also, halting the flow of time (for three minutes) is accomplished by bathing things in green jello.