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This started out as MUTANT, but the title was changed probably because it tested better that way. Much later - this year - the director's cut of MUTANT was finally released on DVD & BluRay. This was the lower-budgeted follow-up to GALAXY OF TERROR (1981).
FORBIDDEN WORLD epitomized the sleazy & grungy cheap copies of ALIEN (1979) which dominated the early eighties. These threw in a lot of nudity & sex (far outdoing the brief scene of Ripley in her underwear in ALIEN) to try and make-up for the lack of budget and story. FORBIDDEN WORLD, for example, has actress Dawn Dunlap disrobing every 10 minutes or so, as well as a scene of both her and June Chadwick nude together while in a futuristic shower. There's also a lengthy sex scene with Chadwick and Jesse Vint.
There's a lot of karo-syrup or whatever they use on display and some strange editing. The editing is evident at the very start when the hero is dreaming while in hibernation; there are quick flashes of events from later in the film, as if he's having a premonition. For some reason, this sequence reminded me of one from A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (when Alec is daydreaming about violent images) - maybe it was the music. Oh, yeah - the music; that also tends to be a little weird in places. BoG's Score: 6 out of 10
Forbidden Trivia: as one of Roger Corman's cost-cutting methods, still standing sets from GALAXY OF TERROR were re-used for this, with some repainting here-and-there; most of this was filmed on New World sets, but one sequence was filmed on location - looks like the same spot as was seen in the Star Trek TOS episode Arena.
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