Digging up Saturn 3

Saturn 3If, like me, you like to read about how films are made, you’ll know that movie disasters (as opposed to disaster movies) can sometimes be more interesting than success stories. One such disaster is the 1980 science fiction thriller Saturn 3. I had the misfortune to watch this dreadful film on its first theatrical release. Shortly afterwards, I wiped all traces of it from my memory banks. Recently, however, a filmmaker called Greg Moss has brought it all flooding back.

Under normal circumstances, I’d curse someone for resurrecting those old demons. Greg, however, has redeemed himself by setting up a splendid website called Something Is Wrong On Saturn 3. At its heart is an in-depth article that draws from a wealth of sources to document the film’s troubled production history. Greg hopes that, over time, the site will become much more. Here’s what he has to say:

“My aim with this site is to not only offer a place for fans to gather and hang out – but to also provide a serious forum for anyone who can offer verifiable information on the making of the film – and hopefully attract insight from people who actually worked on it. Consider it an exercise in ‘cinematic archaeology’ – if you like. So please, if you do have any comments or suggestions or would like to contribute factual and accurate information (from reliable sources) with regard to Saturn 3, feel free to drop me an email.”

To visit Greg’s cinematic archeological dig, just click on the link:

Comments

  1. Thanks Graham for posting this. Really appreciate it! And I agree entirely – sometimes the stories behind train wrecks of movies are far more interesting than the movies themselves. Or at the very least, knowing what went wrong allows greater understanding of the final result – no matter how damaged or misshapen that result may be. I guess if the debacle of Saturn 3 has anything to say; it is that nothing has changed in the last thirty years – there are still films being rushed into production without an ideal script, recalcitrant stars forcing the removal of directors and studio execs meddling in the creative process.

    Cheers! And thanks again for the mention and link! 🙂

    greg

    • My pleasure, Greg. I hope you get the response you’re after with the site. It’ll be interesting to watch it evolve. As you’ve probably guessed, I’m hardly a fan of the film, but it’s true that the ‘train wrecks’ do offer up some great stories – in this case, it seems to me, a rather sad one. Best of luck with the archeological dig! Graham

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