Forbidden World (1982)

This slimy, mutant muck gets everywhere!
Slimy lumps of self-replicating meaty protein!
Watch out for the lumps of self-replicating meaty protein!
Please don't step in the mutated gunge
Please don’t step in the mutated gunge

Directed by Allan (PROGRAMMED TO KILL) Holzman, written by Tim (GHOST WARRIOR) Curnen, from a story by Jim (CHOPPING MALL) Wynorski and R.J. (BEASTMASTER 2) Robertson and starring Jesse (SILENT RUNNING) Vint, Dawn Dunlap, June Chadwick, Linden Chiles, Fox Harris and Michael Bowen. 

Poster
‘Part alien… part human… all nightmare’

Also known as MUTANT and SUBJECT 20, this Roger Corman-produced ALIEN rip-off is lurid, colourful, exploitative and splattery. It uses some of the sets that were featured in Corman’s GALAXY OF TERROR (1981), a film on which James Cameron was the production designer.

Also known as MUTANT
Also known as MUTANT

This story concerns space ranger Mike Colby (Vint), who arrives at a research station that is under threat from a mutant organism that has evolved from an experimental life form, known as ‘Subject 20’, that has been created by the group of scientists on planet Xarbia.

SAM-104 (Don Olivera) and Mike Colby (Jesse Vint)
SAM-104 (Don Olivera) and Mike Colby (Jesse Vint)

With some oddly edited moments and an okay electronic score, this film presents us with a mutated creature that turns its human victims into lumps of self-replicating meaty protein.

There's lots of fluid dribbling and dripping about
There’s lots of fluid dribbling and dripping about the place
As the organism evolves, it gains a maw full of big teeth
As the organism evolves, it gains a maw full of big teeth
Venturing out onto the planet's surface...
Venturing out onto the planet’s surface…
...they come across this toothsome thingy
…they come across this toothsome life form
A cocoon-type thingy attached to the rocks
A cocoon-type thingy attached to the rocks
A gunged-up and splattery corpse
A gunged-up and splattery corpse

Obviously aiming at the young male market, the movie has the two female characters, Tracy Baxter (Dunlap) and Dr. Barbara Glaser (Chadwick), taking saunas & showers… even though there’s a monster on the loose!

Tracy Baxter heads for the sauna/sunbed room, which is, of course, essential on all distant research bases!
Tracy Baxter heads for the sauna/sunbed room, which is, of course, an essential feature of all distant research bases!
Dr. Barbara Glaser is rather, erm, underdressed
Dr. Barbara Glaser is rather, erm, underdressed

Tracy and Barbara even try to communicate with the creature whilst wearing very short bathrobes. This doesn’t end well when one of the women gets transfixed by a spiked tentacle. Ouch!

"I know! Let's try to communicate with the revolting mutant beast whilst wearing bath robes!"
“I know! Let’s try to communicate with the revolting mutant beast whilst wearing bathrobes!”
Dr. Glaser gets skewered by the critter
Dr. Glaser gets skewered by the critter
Trying to escape the mutant organism!
Trying to escape the mutant organism!

So is this a classic creature feature? Well, it certainly doesn’t reach the heights of science fiction greatness, that’s for sure, but it manages to be a pretension-free sci-fi-horror flick that is a perfect example of the kind of exploitative, pulpy, gaudy production that got made in the 80s.

And the film definitely scores points for giving us a finale with a difference: we get to see the hero performing DIY surgery on a scientist suffering from cancer, so that he can remove the large tumour… and then feed it to the creature, which then proceeds to vomit itself to death!

Classy stuff!

The creature suffers from terminal upchucking!
The creature suffers from terminal upchucking!

Some posters…

French poster
French poster
US poster
US poster

Some other cool stuff…

Finnish video sleeve
Finnish video sleeve
German VHS sleeve
German VHS sleeve
Another German VHS sleeve
US video cover
US VHS cover
Newspaper ad
Newspaper ad
Scream Factory SteelBook cover with artwork by Laz Marquez
Scream Factory SteelBook cover with artwork by Laz Marquez

And here’s a behind the scenes shot…

Corman-tastic critter
Corman-tastic critter

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s