Forbidden World (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) (1982)

Actors: Jesse Vint, Dawn Dunlap, June Chadwick
Directors: Allan Holzman
Format: Color, DVD, NTSC
Language: English
Region: 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Shout! Factory
DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010
Run Time: 85 minutes

Bonus Features:

  • New Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) Transfer From The Interpositive Film Elements Of The Theatrical Cut
  • The Unrated Directors Cut (4:3 - Full Frame)
  • Audio Commentary With Director Allan Holzman On The Directors Cut
  • Interview With Producer Roger Corman
  • Interviews With Cast And Crew Including Director Allan Holzman, Composer Susan Justin And Actor Jesse Vint
  • A Look At The Special Effects Of Forbidden World With John Carl Buechler, Robert Skotak, Tony Randel And R. Christopher Biggs
  • Poster And Stills Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer


At certain points you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’re watching a soft-core flick. But you are in fact watching Forbidden World, an Alien rip-off made by “legendary” B-movie producer Roger Corman in the early 1980s largely to reuse sets and props featured in some of his previous movies such as Galaxy of Terror and Battle Beyond the Stars.

In fact Forbidden World will make an excellent double bill along with Galaxy of Terror, not because any of them are any good but because Galaxy of Terror is so rotten that it makes Forbidden World look positively great in comparison.

Forbidden World feels more coherent as a film than Galaxy of Terror even though a lot of stuff in it makes no damned sense whatsoever. It for instance kicks off with the hero having a flashback to scenes from the movie which are yet to happen! (No, there are no time travel aspects to the story.)

An intergalactic “trouble-shooter” is sent to investigate an incident at a scientific research station located on a barren planet.

It would seem that in their quest to produce a new foodstuff that the scientists instead created a genetically engineered monster with more than a passing resemblance to H.R. Giger’s famous Alien creatures. Well, some days at the office are like that . . .

Lots of blood and female nudity ensues. And we mean a lot!

THE DISCS: This latest installment in Shout Factory’s Roger Corman’s Cult Classics is given the sort of treatment Criterion affords the likes of Ingmar Bergman and Akira Kurosawa. Image quality is great and the sound while on the tinny side at times is okay too.

Two discs are supplied. One contains the theatrical release and special features. The other contains the so-called “director’s cut” of the movie when it was known as Mutant. According to one talking head on the special features this was the version shown to a preview audience. The audience reacted positively to the movie, but for the wrong reasons: they were laughing at the wrong bits. So producer Corman edited all the jokes out and “made the movie dull” according to said talking head. To be honest we couldn’t really spot that big a difference between the two versions of the movie. It was still bad.

The director’s cut is however not given the deluxe treatment of the theatrical release and is presented in a cropped pan ‘n’ scan format instead of its proper aspect ratio. There are also visible film print scratches and the like.

In the lively making of featurette there are interviews with the crew and cast, all of which makes Forbidden World a decent purchase for B-movie fans.

WORTH IT? Forbidden World may not have an alien maggot creature dry humping a woman to death (see Galaxy of Terror), but in the exploitation movie stakes it offers gratuitous use of Beethoven in a nod to Clockwork Orange, an electronic score that at times echoes Wendy Carlos, a Playboy bunny and probably the only alien monster in movie history that got killed off by being force-fed a cancerous growth.

RECOMMENDATION: It’s bad all right and only recommended for the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 types who enjoy bad movies for their sheer badness.



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