Film / Forbidden World

Forbidden World is a 1982 sci-fi/horror film produced by Roger Corman and directed by Allan Holzman.

In the distant future, on the way back to Earth, bounty hunter Mike Colby and his android companion SAM are diverted to the remote planet Xarbia. There, a research facility has accidentally created a horrible monster called Subject 20. Shortly after Colby's arrival, the creature proceeds to decimate the lab's staff and becomes bent on converting them into a source of food.

The film utilized many of the same sets as Galaxy of Terror, which is standard Corman procedure for you.

Not to be confused with Forbidden Planet.

This film contains examples of:

  • Covers Always Lie: The creature in the poster bears little to no resemblance to the one in the film.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: An attack from Subject 20 causes its victims to disintegrate into mush alive—even if the attack takes off a chunk of the victim's head.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Barbara eyes Colby with interest from the moment he turns up, and it doesn't take long for them to have sex. In fairness it's a small space station and he is quite handsome.
  • Foreshadowing: Colby goes through a decontamination procedure and asks if anyone can get cancer from it. Cal's got it, though this may be due to his Cigarette of Anxiety use as well.
  • Fanservice: Tracy and Barb get naked a lot, including a Shower Scene where they're both in the same shower for no apparent reason.
  • Gorn: In addition to the Cruel and Unusual Death mentioned above, there's also a scene where Mike and Tracy remove Cal's cancerous liver and feed it to Subject 20, causing it to explode.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Subject 20.
  • Hope Spot: Barb discovers that Subject 20 is sentient and can communicate via the ship's computer system, and it seems she might be able to negotiate it into letting her and the others live. It kills her instead.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Dr. Cal has one.
  • It Can Think
  • Male Gaze: Dr Barbara Glaser is introduced via a lengthy shot of her ass in a tight white jumpsuit as she strides down a corridor.
  • Peeping Tom: One character watches Barb have sex with Colby on CCTV.
  • Robot Buddy: SAM-104
  • Stock Footage from Battle Beyond the Stars is used for an Action Prologue that has nothing to do with the plot. Our hero then flies through more stock footage from Galaxy of Terror. Roger Corman never let good footage go to waste.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Barb disagrees with everyone else about destroying the creature and tries to communicate with it instead. The predictable happens.