Aziraphale and Crowley wear white and black, respectively, which is a subtle nod to them being an angel and devil, respectively. This is also a subtle nod to Yin and Yang, from the Talmud, which fortells of Ragnarok, the anglicized version of Yom al Ayama, which—spoiler alert—is what the story is about.
Mar-Vell’s cat is a crossover from Lovecraft’s universe of Elder Gods. In fact, Goose is an anagram of Cthulhu, which is a subtle nod to my inability to spell and ignorance of what, exactly, an anagram is.
When it rains, some members of the rag-tag group of superheroes use umbrellas to keep dry. This is a subtle nod to the eponymous series title, Umbrella Academy.
When the school nurse has to cut Gwen’s hair to free her from Miles, the hair left on Miles’ palm is a subtle nod to his pubescent pursuit of the masturbatory arts.
There is nothing controversial about the assertation: Star Wars is the most beloved space opera EVAR! Most beloved film ever, slightly controversial. Whatever the case, most of the world has seen it and many who have love it fanatically. As such, the franchise has made billions of dollars for its owners and has spawned other billion dollar industries. It amazes me that a work of fiction has done more economically, not to mention culturally, than some countries.
Before it became the juggernaut it is today, there was the influence it had on the film making community, an influence that spawned countless Star Warsploitation films. One such film is the subject of this month’s walk thru: The Humanoid (1979) by director George B. Lewis, who not only borrowed aspects from Star Wars but also co-oped a name very similar to George Lucas. I thought The Asylum was shameless. The director’s actual name is Aldo Lado, a name befitting an anagram master or a master “sampler” of other people’s work.
Oddly enough though, for all the appropriation in The Humanoid, the movie’s title doesn’t have the word “star” or “war” like most of the other Star Warsploitation films. I guess there was a line Lado wouldn’t cross after all, though I am scratching my head on that one.
That said, let’s see just how much Lado sampled in this walk thru of the 1979 spaghetti Star Warsploitation, The Humanoid: