Over lunch, I was conversing with some friends about a Sci-Fi movie I saw on TV many years ago (I believe it was in the late 80's, but I'm pretty sure the movie itself was older than this).

I recalled it as a hilariously-atrocious rip-off of Star Wars, complete with lightsabers (or "laser swords," as I think they were called in this movie). Of course, given the popularity of Star Wars at the time, I'm sure there were plenty of similar films churned out; fortunately, I remember a number of specific details about it that have made it stand out in my mind all these years:

  • A main character looks alarmingly like David Hasselhoff
  • The "Death Star" looked like a giant hand
  • The movie's climax featured a shootout on space station with strange assault pods crashing through big windows (really!)
  • It featured a heroine named Stella (or possibly Stellar, though this makes less sense)

While I found the movie hilarious, it was not intended as a comedy. It was simply one of those "so bad, it's good" situations.

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    Space balls? Doesn't sound quite right as I recall it, though. – Kevin Jan 31 '12 at 20:49
  • Not Space Balls as I doubt that Mega Maid could be misremembered as a hand... – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Jan 31 '12 at 20:50
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    Hardware Wars? – Xantec Jan 31 '12 at 21:06
  • Use the schwartz! – Dima Jan 31 '12 at 21:06
  • I have updated the question to be clear that this movie was not intended to be a comedy. Sorry for the confusion! – Frank Pierce Jan 31 '12 at 21:14

Star Crash! And that is the Hoff.

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    That's it! I can't believe that's really the Hoff! – Frank Pierce Jan 31 '12 at 21:53

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