Forbidden World (1982) Review
Written by: Aidan13
Forbidden World (1982) Directed By: Allan Holzman Produced By: Roger Corman
Lucky for us (or me) "Shout Studio" has started to re-release many of Roger Corman’s classic films on DVD and Blue Ray. In the case of 1982’s Forbidden World it’s the first time this film has ever made it to either medium having only been released on VHS originally. The film is essentially an "Alien" rip-off, one of several Alien rip-offs that Roger Corman and New World pictures would produce starting with 1981’s "Galaxy of Terror" which I will review later.
Forbidden World is great low budget fun. In the true Corman fashion of making films on the cheap, most of the sets were made from Fast Food cartons and PVC piping which with the right paint job actually does a pretty good job of making things look futuristic. The film recycled unused stock footage from another Corman classic "Battle Beyond the Stars" and sets from "Galaxy of Terror".
What is the film about? Scientist on a remote planet create a creature dubbed Subject 20 which turns out to be a man-eater. The more it feeds the larger it gets, each time encasing itself in a cocoon for the next metamorphosis stage. The team of scientists hire space ferrying troubleshooter Mike Colby to land on their planet and deal with the carnage the creature has caused thus far. Mike doesn’t really do much in the way of saving the team from the Alien menace but rather spends his time hooking up with the female cast members in an impressive amount of time…seriously.
The film has some great gore effects and a pretty cool toothy Alien creature (keep in mind this film was made for around $150,000). The film used to exist under another title "Mutant" but when the time came to shop around the distribution of it, Forbidden World had a better reaction to the public (i.e. adolescent males). I give these film 7 out of 10 skulls for good gory, sexy, cheap fun of a monster flick.