In 1997, Paul Verhoeven released Starship Troopers to unsuspecting audiences. The film is an explosive R-rated adventure featuring the controversial director's patented blend of brutal action, science fiction and cutting edge special effects (previously honed to perfection on Robocop and Total Recall).
Unfortunately, unfavourable reviews and low ticket sales made the film a box office failure and revenues barely covered the huge costs of making it. Over the years, word of mouth and home video distribution turned Starship Troopers into an underground hit leading critics to overturn the original impressions of the film and reappraise it as a cult classic. And well deservedly, because it is far greater than what people appeared to first think about it.
Much has been written about Starship Troopers, since its release, and as with many classic films, there are mountains of fascinating behind the scenes facts just waiting to be uncovered.
Here we dig out just a few of the countless interesting stories surrounding Starship Troopers, from its pre-production origins to the various antics on set and all the way through to the film's (admittedly underwhelming) release.
Christopher is a freelance pop culture writer, podcaster and self-confessed nerd from Scotland.
He's also the owner, founder and editor at "The Head Scratcher" and a host of "The Scratch Cast" podcast.
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