The Black Hole (1979) Mad Scientist, Robots & Heaven & Hell In Space

The Black Hole (1979) movie poster film image artwork 2

Revisited a childhood favourite of mine recently, a science fiction film that has embedded itself on me like some cosmic radiation. Whenever I see mention of it I feel a pull not unlike that of a black hole drawing me in for a viewing. This time it was courtesy of fellow film blogger Mr. Bobinsky who posted some beautiful inspired artwork. That was all I needed and off I went again on another journey.

Tagline – You can’t escape the most powerful force in the universe.

The Black Hole (1979) Dr Hans Reinhardt cygnus space ship

The Black Hole is a story of obsession, survival and an ode to heaven and hell. A film about a psychotic murdering maniac with a crazed fixation on forces so incredible, so death defying, that only a mad scientist with a deranged mind for absolute accomplishment in his mission could fathom this kind of madness. To harness the almighty power of a Black Hole whist siting on the edge of pure destruction, floating in a eerie static state, hoovering on the eye of the abyss.

The Black Hole (1979) androids control room

Surely this lunatic doesn’t wish to actually go into the chasm of pure empty darkness with crushing powers of such magnitude!  Where certain obliteration, pain and eradication can only be your future! There really is only one film company that could bring this dark movie to the big screen, yep you guess it, Walt Disney Pictures! (insert stylus being dragged across record sound clip!)

Tagline – A journey that begins where everything ends!

The Black Hole (1979) Anthony Perkins Ernest Borgnine Yvette MimieuxThe Black Hole (1979) Maximilian and vincent face off control room

Disney’s The Black Hole really is one of their darkest films. It may of turned a lot of people off but for me it was a wildly exciting adventure and as a young kid seeing it at the cinema it blew my mind. It had incredible sets, that mysterious ghost like giant black city sized ship, the robots, good and evil, more robots and androids. The effects were amazing and still hold up strong coming up to 40 years old.

The Black Hole (1979) fireball giant red space

Obviously at the time I had no idea who any of these characters were but as time went on you start to discover the cast is made up of some fine acting legends.

On the good guys side you got Robert Forster from “Jackie Brown”, “Medium Cool” and recently “Twin Peaks” playing brave leader Captain Dan Holland. “The Dirty Dozen” and “Wild Bunch” legend Ernest Borgnine playing Harry Booth. And you got Norman Bates himself Anthony Perkins as Dr Alex Durant. Then there’s young Weena from “The Time Machine” Yvette Mimieux as Dr Kate McCrae. And young rookie Lieutenant Charles Pizer played by Joseph Bottoms who I don’t know his films but his brother Timothy Bottoms starred in the amazing Johnny Got His Gun

The Black Hole (1979) Robert Forster Yvette Mimieux Joseph BottomsThe Black Hole (1979) robots bob and vincent shoot out

Plus on the goodies side you get two adorable robots, the caring clever and brave V.I.N.CENT (Vital Information Necessary CENTralized) voiced by the wonderful Roddy McDowell. And the lovely B.O.B (BiO-sanitation Battalion) who’s nervous and totally trashed but filled with courageousness, voiced by the legend Slim Pickens.

The Black Hole (1979) Dr Hans Reinhardt (Maximilian Schell) baddies

What a absolutely brilliant promo picture!

Then in the baddie chair you got mad scientist Dr Hans Reinhardt (Maximilian Schell) who has probably gone way too far with his quest involving the Black Hole. With his army of robot troops, android minions and his master robot creation.

The Black Hole (1979) Maximilian robot evil machine

The real enemy is Dr Reinhardt’s number one, the ruthless evil giant red robot Maximilian, made the more sinister by his silence and glowing red eye. A mean mute mangler menace.

The Black Hole (1979) Maximilian robot evil machine hell mountain

Then there’s S.T.A.R (Special Troops Arms Regiment) who’s a bit of an arse but a crack shot with his lasers, that is if he doesn’t blow a fuse first. S.T.A.R and his band of robots are in dire need for some elbow and knee joints.

The Black Hole (1979) robots bob and vincent shoot out star

Set in the year 2130 the exploratory ship the USS Palomino gets into trouble when caught in the pulling force of an unexpected Black Hole. Luckily managing to free itself but in desperate need of repair. A strange giant ship, looking derelict at the edge of the black hole seems to be a good place to dock and repair. What could possibly be waiting for them?

Hey it might be dated and goes right off on one at the end but I have nothing but fond memories and so much love for this film. I’ve even got the soundtrack from composer John Barry.

The Black Hole (1979) john barry soundtrack score wolfman lp vinyl record

Thanks for having a look. If you wish to comment, feel free to let me know what you thought of the film when you saw it. Keep watching the screens.

All the best from Mikey The Wolfman

17 thoughts on “The Black Hole (1979) Mad Scientist, Robots & Heaven & Hell In Space

    • Difficult to say. It has to have been massively influenced by SW success but I’m not bought on it being much more than that. Didn’t look like they wanted to make it a series, having an all older cast and it’s dark content was far removed from SW. You could say the robots were but having them talking and flying around (R2D2 didn’t until the new ones) stood them out to be very different in my personal opinion. You also had the Star Trek The Motion Picture come out in the same year. I don’t think they were influenced by Star Wars per se but pushed into production wanting a hand in the sci-fi buzz and the big bucks created by it!

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    • It’s a great little film, don’t be put off with the not favorable rating score. I think it holds up well and is a great sci-fi romp. Saying that I fear my childhood love for it might make me overzealous. I don’t think it’s as campy as others of the time, well STAR and his army robots maybe a little! Anyway I hope you enjoy it, it’s a perfect weekend matinee viewing 🙂

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  1. Just read this TWO years after the fact, but like I said in the comments on my site, I’ll give it a look if I can and see if those two robots can force a tear out of me. Hopefully my library has the Blu-ray…would like to see how the SFX and backdrops look in HD!

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    • Would it help to know that it’s up there as one of the darkest films the good old house of mouse made. Plus that cast is pretty darn awesome. I’ve never understood it’s low ratings as to me it’s rather perfect. One rainy day, if the library can help, I say it a go. 🙂

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