In 1979, playing off the success of Star Wars, Walt Disney Pictures put out a movie starring Maximilian Schell, Robert Forster,Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Anthony Perkins, and Ernest Borgnine. That movie was The Black Hole and while it wasn’t the huge hit that Disney hoped it would be, it has developed a dedicated cult following over the years. The film, about a group of scientists who discovered a massive black hole and a madman, thought lost in space, who wanted to go through it, was pretty high concept for the day and quite dark in it’s presentation, especially for Disney, which was known for putting out happy kid’s movies. There are rumors that they’re going to put out a remake one of these days, they have a script, a director and a producer attached but so far, no definitive plans. It’s too bad because remakes generally suck, it’ll be hard to do the kind of amazing effects they managed using practical elements when they invariably make it into a CGI film.
Topps put out a card set to coincide with the film’s release in 1979. It featured 88 cards and 22 stickers that take you through the entire film. Unlike most modern cards, these have the card numbers on the front, allowing you to order them much more conveniently, IMO, than putting it on the back. Like the movie, this set wasn’t particularly successful, the cards alone are available as a set today for a few dollars, but the stickers, as you might expect, are more difficult to get, kids peeled them off and stuck them to things, making them a bit more of a premium.
Click on the pictures to see them up close. This really is a good movie, just for the visuals. Perhaps if the writing had been a little tighter, it would have given Star Wars and the movies that came after a bit of a run for its money.