Hunted On a… – Forbidden World (1982)

Forbidden World, as cheap and as cheesy as it looks at times, is definitely a classic of the genre even though it offers nothing new and has all essentially been seen before. Produced by the infamous Roger Corman and directed by Allan Holzman, the movie looks a lot like Alien at times, but it does manage to go its own way and injects a bit of horror and action into this science-fiction opera with a good dose of gore and nudity as well.

It all begins with a space battle, the effects looking slightly poor, but nevertheless being palatable to the eye, a scene that introduces hero Mike Colby. Receiving orders from Earth after said firefight, Colby is told to head to the planet Xarbia and while he knows that he is being sent to fix a problem, he does not know just how bad it is going to get. Cue the subdued description of Subject 20, a mutant that can change itself much like a caterpillar and a creature whom the station’s commander believes is not a threat despite having killed an entire room of test animals. For the moment, Colby thinks nothing really, but soon a man is murdered and the monster which continues to get larger and more ferocious thanks to the Proto B genes within it is on a rampage. Colby knows he has to kill this thing no matter what because it is either him or the creature when all is said and done.

There are more than a few flaws in this film, whether it be a bit of the dialogue that often seems a little stilted, the aforementioned special effects which are usually of debatable quality or the logic behind some of the decisions made by the crew. That being said, there is a lot that makes this movie a lot of fun including the practical effects used in creating the monster. For the most part, it looks like a giant black blob of a thing that just sits there with teeth for a face and it is both ridiculous and terrifying and when it moves about, it looks as if those behind the scenes who are working it simply throw the creature towards wherever its destination might be – bonkers to say the least. There are also a few scenes where the women of the cast, that being June Chadwick and Dawn Dunlap, strip down to their birthday suits and it only adds to the campiness of the picture more than accomplishing anything else. One does have to wonder why they have a shower together at one point when all Dunlap’s character got was a bit of alien goo in her hair. It is pretty obvious when thinking about it, but not so crazy considering the rest of the movie.

When all is said and done though, Forbidden World does not necessarily command the audience’s attention, but it does so effortlessly as it moves along, perhaps because the film is so silly at times. It looks good on the whole, the performances are spot-on for a movie of this calibre and it never seems to take itself all that seriously making Forbidden World an extremely enjoyable movie that one cannot help but to love.

4 out of 5

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