Adamantium Bullet
11Oct/18

31 Days Of Horror: FORBIDDEN WORLD

For the next 31 days, we here at Adamantium Bullet will be reviewing one horror film a day leading up to Halloween. Each film will be horrific, terrifying, chilling, pulse-pounding, or flat-out awful. All will be endured in honor of the season. Expect SPOILERS. Welcome to Adamantium Bullet’s “All 80s” edition of 31 DAYS OF HORROR.

In this episode, J Bryant and AngieBee discuss the creepy crawly 1982 cult classic FORBIDDEN WORLD starring Jesse Vint, Dawn Dunlap, June Chadwick, Scott Paulin, and Michael Bowen.

In the distant future, a federation marshal arrives at a research lab on a remote planet where a monstrous genetic experiment is loose and feeding on the scientists who created it. Enter into the Forbidden World - an outrageous, sexy and violent exercise in ALIEN-like terror!

Five guys, one gal, one robot, one giant alien monster, a slew of test animals, and a mothership and five cruiser ships full of “Food Raiders”.

It’s a three-way tie between “Death By Vaginal Tentacle Impalement” with Barbara (June Chadwick), “Death By Blatant ALIEN Facehugger Homage/Rip-Off” with Jimmy (Michael Bowen), and Mike Colby (Jesse Vint), the hero of this picture, defeating big bad beastie “Subject 20” by force feeding it a cancerous tumor.

Fully nude Barbara, almost fully nude Mike, fully nude Tracy (Dawn Dunlap), shirtless Brian (Ray Oliver). Very naked steam room fun time with Tracy, very naked fun time sex scene between Mike and Barbara, very naked super sexy sci-fi shower scene with both Tracy and Barbara, and multiple subliminal flashback recaps of all the aforementioned naked goodness.

The winner of this category all depends on your preference for either SEX or VIOLENCE. If your preference is SEX then the winner is Tracy and Barbara’s super sexy sci-fi shower scene. If your preference is VIOLENCE then the winner is Mike Colby force defeating the big bad beastie “Subject 20” by force feeding it a cancerous tumor.

Mike Colby and Jimmy pop open the cage holding “Subject 20” to get a close-up look at it. They just pop it open. At different points, of course, but they still just pop open a cage holding a genetic experiment gone awry like it’s no big thing. It is a big thing. It’s a big, freaky, slimy, gross AF, killer alien thing. Don’t open the cage holding it, especially when it has already killed a lab full of animals, and double especially when it has killed some of the station’s personnel. How difficult of a rule is that to follow?

As enjoyable as actor Jesse Vint’s performance in FORBIDDEN WORLD was, I never bought him as an intergalactic superstud. Bought him as the hero, bought him as a roguish troubleshooter, even bought him as a cool, laid back kind of guy everyone on base wants to be friends with. But intergalactic superstud who beds one of the only two women on base within hours of meeting her and would’ve bedded the other had a genetically-altered ALIEN-esque spacebeast not broken loose and started slaughtering the staff? I don’t buy it.

> All releases of the film show the same 77-minute cut, which was released as FORBIDDEN WORLD, including the theatrical prints. The 2010 DVD release includes the completely uncut version, originally titled MUTANT, on the bonus disc.

> Dawn Dunlap's character was originally going to be played by a much older woman, an ex-Playboy Bunny. When Dunlap walked in to audition for the role a day before principal photography was to begin, director Allan Holzman pleaded with the producers to sign her for the part. They very reluctantly made a new contract for her.

> The effects footage from the initial space battle is all recycled from Roger Corman's BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS.

> According to director Allan Holzman, just about everything in the movie was recycled from previous productions except for the jumpsuits on the actresses.

> The slaughtered animals in the laboratory were actual dead animals bought from a local pound.

> The modular forms decorating the hallways of the research lab are hinged-lid Styrofoam sandwich boxes.

> The film was shot in about four weeks with an extra half week devoted to killing the mutant.

> During the monster's death scene, it vomits up a viscous pink fluid. This vomit was made up of a material that burns skin on contact. The fearful FX technicians and the second unit director decided to build a wall made of garbage bags to protect themselves, and then stuck a camera through to film the monster's death.

> GALAXY OF TERROR and FORBIDDEN WORLD were both shot around the same time and used some of the same sets. Some of those sets were designed by James Cameron.

> It was producer Roger Corman's idea to kill the mutant with cancer.

> The USELESS KNOWLEDGE portion of this review was sourced from IMDB.

Posted by J. Bryant

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