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Embrace the Thrills of B-Movie Excellence!
on March 14, 2015
If you're a sci-fi nut like I am you have a wealth of options when picking a film to watch. You have intellectual sci-fi, mainstream sci-fi, monster movies, space operas... and you have b-movie schlock like Forbidden World. I'm not knocking it! Movies like this are entertaining, funny and enjoyable for sometimes all the wrong reasons, but enjoyable they are. When poorly constructed robots chatter like kids and large garbage bag monsters kill someone with urine you know you're in for a good time on the couch.
Forbidden World is, unashamedly, a rip-off of Alien with that Corman style feel. It's probably the height of Corman's boobs and babes era when it comes to science-fiction films, and the snarky male protagonist hams it up like Ron Jermy too. The ploy starts silly and gets even sillier. The way they finally win is just... well, you have to see it to believe it. All the while you get the cheaply but passionately made effects and sets you know and love and sexy, cheesy and gross moments you crave.
More films should embrace our baser desires and entertain us like this. It's a shame blockbusters like Transformers aren't afraid to be stupid, but are afraid to be raunchy.
The blu ray edition of Forbidden World is rather excellent, if you keep in mind what it is. It's not, for example, 2001 A Space Odyssey. Nor is it Star Wars. It's a fun and trash b-movie from 30+ years ago and it looks it. That said the HD master here is remarkably detailed and clean looking, and Shout Factory have included numerous supplements to entertain you. A great making-of is the highlight, as well as the uncut version on a DVD with director commentary (he's dry but entertaining, lots of stories).
If you like cheesy old sci-fi with a raunchy twist you can't go wrong with Forbidden World. If you collect sci-fi like I do it's a very worthwhile disc as well. Recommended for fans.