On planet Xarbia, an experimental life form, Subject 20, has been created by an elite group of researchers in hopes of preventing a galactic food crisis. However, when Subject 20 becomes deadly, the best troubleshooter in the Galaxy is called in to investigate.
Jesse Vint ... Mike Colby
Dawn Dunlap ... Tracy Baxter
June Chadwick ... Dr. Barbara Glaser
Linden Chiles ... Dr. Gordon Hauser
Fox Harris ... Dr. Cal Timbergen
Raymond Oliver ... Brian Beale
Scott Paulin ... Earl Richards
Michael Bowen ... Jimmy Swift
Don Olivera ... SAM-104
FORBIDDEN WORLD is quite simply a brilliantly stupid, enjoyable little movie. Almost perfect: It has space ships, laser battles, a cool drooling grinning skulled alien, abundant gratuitous female nudity, an excellent early electronica musical score, buckets of gore, slimy alien killings, voyeurism, stuff exploding, girls sunbathing naked in space, is over quickly (77 minutes: perfect for limited attention spans) and the hero is actually the movie\'s brilliant dork character, whom the surviving female hottie (Dawn Dunlap, who gets naked a lot in her movies) was secretly really in love with all the time. That\'s because he was smart, and smart is sexy. So like in fellow Geekanoid Sci-Fi/horror hybrids as CHOPPING MALL and HARDWARE, the manbeef lead actor (Jesse Vint, who looks familiar ...) is just a distraction for the popcorn crunchers. The real movie is about the geek and how he beats this transmogrifying alien mass of goo and teeth.
Also known as MUTANT, director Allan Holzman\'s FORBIDDEN WORLD is of course the 3rd of the Big Three Alien Sleaze Epics from the very early 1980\'s which exploited the ideas Dan O\'Bannon and Ridley Scott cooked up for ALIEN. All three were released in the US by Roger Corman\'s New World Films and make a sort of unofficial Trio -- The first was Norman \"Warm & Fuzzy\" Warren\'s deceptively cheesy looking HORROR PLANET (or INSEMINOID) in 1980, then Bob Clark\'s GALAXY OF TERROR (or MIND WARP: AN INFINITY OF TERROR) in 1981, then Holzman\'s FORBIDDEN WORLD in 1982. The films helped fill a void created by the sensational effect of ALIEN and the natural desire to try and make more of it for less. All three had very low production budgets but stand as remarkable & effective little shockers with allegorical references to alien outsiders who want to kill our men and mate with our women, and then eat them.
GALAXY OF TERROR is the silliest of the three and in some ways the most true to the original ALIEN spirit. HORROR PLANET is a far more potent mix, a Sadistic frenzy of murder and chaos with Judy Geeson sweating and screaming and grimacing her way into history. She should have been nominated for an award of some kind, though exactly which variety I am unsure. It is a difficult movie to watch.
Contrastingly, FORBIDDEN WORLD exists as a Sadean fantasy, with the alien more or less leaving it\'s grubby mitts off the ladies, who both disrobe twice and engage in relations with the manbeef action star lead, and THEN take a shower together. Golly!! One of the interesting aspects of the film is how it repeatedly disrobes it\'s women and then places them in harm\'s way, with this grinning, drooling, slimy alien just a tentacle slither away, and as with GALAXY OF TERROR much of what we now know as Hentai Anime and it\'s unsavory sexual violence was given root in what we see in these films: Slimy, tubular, disgusting aliens having their way with or just simply ripping apart aggressively gorgeous, sexy women in states of undress or nudity.
On that level of thinking, FORBIDDEN WORLD is probably the most exploitative of the trio, using it\'s subject matter literally where GALAXY OF TERROR and HORROR PLANET both had sub-textural meaning to what was happening on camera. Allan Holzman stuck with the basics: Slimy alien running loose on isolated space station with nubile females showering together while scruffy 2 day growth faced action types search for it with flashlights and ineffective weapons. By keeping the height of his goal post appropriately low, Holzman may have made the superior entertainment of the three, especially if you are fond of naked women and buckets of simmering goo.
Mutant aka Forbidden World is one of the cheesiest and most amazing movies that I have seen. It contains nudity,gore, a cheesy monster and everything that a person who is in favour of b-grade movies requires to be entertained by a movie.
It\'s indeed a rip off of Alien, but it\'s much better than Alien, Alien is a very boring film in my opinion, but I think that Mutant is just fantastically good! It contains one of the cheesiest monsters that I have seen. Imagine the monster from Carpertner\'s The Thing but much cheesier, and you got the this cheesefest called Mutant!
When I saw it I was quite tipsy and I can only recommend that you do the same if you watch it. This film will surely entertain you if you are sober, but watching is tipsy is delightful! Make sure you are in the mood for a fun cheesefest, because Mutant is certainly a remarkable one!!! 10/10
Forbidden World is set sometime in the distant future as the galaxy is on the brink of starvation, on an isolated desert planet called Xarbia a team of genetic scientists have tried to create a new form of food that grows at an incredible rate. Unfortunately their tampering with the genetic code & splicing of DNA has resulted in a living experiment simply known as \'Subject 20\' which has already wrecked a lab, killed various animals & has turned into a cocoon of some sort while it changes, the incident worries the top brass & company troubleshooter Commander Mike Colby (Jesse Vint) is sent in to \'clean up\'. Once on Xarbia Colby meets head scientist Dr. Gordon Hauser (Linden Chiles) & his assistant Barbara Glaser (June Chadwick) who fill him in, Colby wants to destroy the static cocoon before it hatches while Hauser wants to save his research. Soon the decision becomes irrelevant as it hatches anyway & kills unsuspecting crew-member Jimmy (Michael Bowen), now with a slimy genetic mutant with lots of sharp teeth & powerful tentacles slithering around no one is safe as it sees us humans as a nice source of food...
Co-edited & directed by Allan Holzman Forbidden World is a decent enough Alien (1979) rip-off, the way the alien looks, the way it goes through different stages of appearance plus the overall look & feel of the film will remind you of Alien. The script by Tim Curnen doesn\'t set it\'s sights very high, basically it\'s nothing more than an excuse to have a slimy alien running around a space station feeding on the crew, that\'s it. The film takes itself 100% seriously which works fairly well although some of the static scientific dialogue is somewhat dull to listen too & becomes a little confusing. The alien creature is OK but doesn\'t really do much, the character\'s take great pains to point out how intelligent it is but it never really shows any, I mean it\'s not like it discovered a cure for the common cold was it? Now that would make it intelligent... The filmmakers obviously had exploitation on their minds as Forbidden World features a fair amount of nudity, slime & blood which is fine as far as I\'m concerned. It\'s far from a masterpiece, it\'s a bit slow & dull at times but it doesn\'t try to be anything other than a \'slimy alien on the loose killing people\' sci-fi horror film very much in the mould of Alien.
Director Holzman doesn\'t do anything special & the film has a number of flaws, first the alien creature is very static, fake looking & hardly moves. Now on to the single most annoying aspect of Forbidden World, the lighting or rather the complete lack of it. The film is so dark at times it\'s very difficult to see whats happening, other people have mentioned this as well & I really do think it\'s down to the original filmmakers rather than just a bad VHS/DVD print (although the stills on the back of my VHS box are crystal clear & slightly brighter than the corresponding scenes within the film itself). The film isn\'t as gory as some would have you believe, there\'s some cool melting people & plenty of gooey slime although not much violence, someone is impaled on a tentacle complete with a fountain of blood-spray & in the films most notorious moment a scientist has DIY surgery to remove a cancerous growth. There\'s a fair amount of nudity as well which I ain\'t complaining about.
Technically Forbidden World is alright, the production design has dated the film badly & the sets remind of Alien. The special effects on the creature are average at best although the gore effects are actually very good. The editing is a bit erratic at times as well as it tries to inject some life & menace into the creature. The acting was OK but nothing special.
Forbidden World is an Alien rip-off & nothing more, it\'s as simple & straight forward as that. For what it is it\'s OK but because of the fact you can hardly see anything & it\'s touch too basic, it has no ambition of it\'s own other than to cash in on the success of Alien by trying to copy it. Worth watching as long as you don\'t expect too much, it could have been better but it could have been worse. Produced by king of the cheapies Roger Corman who also produced another early 80\'s sci-fi horror Galaxy of Terror (1981) which is a better film than Forbidden World in my opinion...
# Approximately 8 minutes of footage was removed from the original pre-release assembly on orders from producer Roger Corman, who was angered by witnessing a test screening audience laughing uproariously at some of the comedic passages that were subsequently removed.
# All releases of the film show the same 77 minute cut which was released as FORBIDDEN WORLD, including the theatrical prints. As of April 2008, the completely uncut version, originally titled MUTANT, has never been released theatrically or on home video/laserdisc/DVD regardless of the release\'s country of origin.